If you’re a member of the Ingenuity Network, you may have heard mention of the Ingenuity Lab, the home of student and alumni entrepreneurship here at the University of Nottingham. Through the Ingenuity Network, we support local SMEs to innovate and grow, but the University is also passionate about fostering home-grown talent from our own students and alumni and that’s where the Ingenuity Lab comes in.
The Ingenuity Lab, part of the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI), exists to help University of Nottingham students and alumni to develop their entrepreneurial ambitions. It has over 2500 members, with over 160 new and early stage start-ups. The members are from across all disciplines and offer a truly international community of innovative entrepreneurs.
Mentoring for the Lab
The Ingenuity Lab is seeking mentors who are willing to volunteer their time and expertise to support graduate entrepreneurs. Could you provide ongoing guidance and support to a new entrepreneur? If so, the Ingenuity Lab would love to invite you to its Meet a Mentor event on 26 October 2017 at the Ingenuity Centre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
If you’re passionate about business, mentoring a new entrepreneur through the Ingenuity Lab can be truly rewarding experience. Here’s what some of the Lab’s existing mentors say:
“I chose to join and support HGI and the Ingenuity Lab because of the rewarding and interesting interactions you get working with early stage companies. To anyone interested in mentoring and in particular interested in supporting HGI and the Ingenuity Lab, I would say do it! You’ll be rewarded by helping energetic young entrepreneurs launch new companies, and help make people’s lives better.” – Professor David Falzani, MBE
“BDO supports HGI/the Ingenuity Lab to assist in the development of its entrepreneurs and businesses by allowing them access to key finance information that will help them on their journey. In the last two years I have been involved in the initial steps of some exciting new businesses and I have enjoyed guiding businesses through terrain, which they at first found difficult, but with the help of BDO became more manageable. I have enjoyed the variety of companies I have advised and many times have been surprised by the quality of questions asked. The highlight was being involved in Ingenuity17 pitches and seeing presentations of the highest quality, which made our job as judges very difficult indeed.” – Tom Preece, Senior Manager, BDO LLP