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Ingenuity supports the creation of start-ups that find innovative and sustainable solutions to tackle the UK’s biggest challenges. Ingenuity works in partnership with industry, education, and communities with lived experience.

The Ingenuity Programme works with under-represented groups, as well as students, academics, and those interested in creating social and environmental impact. Ingenuity and its partners are committed to exploring the big issues society faces, focusing on creating prosperity, building community, improving health and tackling climate change, to help drive the recovery. The programme is delivered via annual Challenge Summits, an online insight and learning platform, a national business plan competition, and an investment readiness programme with significant support.

This year’s Ingenuity Programme was supported by a grant from Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIB). Six prizes were awarded to students from the University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, University of Portsmouth and Nottingham Trent University. The winner of the EIB prize from Nottingham Trent University is featured here.

Winner: ChangeXtra - Claire Mann, MSc Data Science - £1,500 Engineers in Business Prize

ChangeXtra uses counselling, coaching, and access to learning to support and empower women going through the menopause. Creator Claire Mann intends to use the EIBF funding to develop an MVP for the health tracking app that is integral to the service that ChangeXtra will provide.

Claire said, "The support offered by the Fellowship will enable me to develop my product and service to pilot very quickly which enables me to get my business up and running quickly. Thanks to the funding I will be able to engage with experts to advise on all aspects of the product from ethics and storage through to UX and begin rapid development."

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Engineers and entrepreneurs are problem-solvers at heart, we see a logical link between the two. That’s why it’s important to us to enable engineers to access the tools and skills that help enterprise happen, that way we can help support the next generation of engineers that understand design and development combined with trends and market analysis.

Megan Powell Vreeswijk, Head of Enterprise, Nottingham Trent University