Find out how you can win thousands of pounds to fund your business ideas

In the latest Business Talk column from the University of Portsmouth, we look at how you could earn thousands of pounds to help turn your ideas for change into businesses that create a real impact on society and the environment.

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Thursday, 4th November 2021, 12:00 am
You could win cash to fund your business ideas

The University of Portsmouth is partnering with the Ingenuity Programme, a UK enterprise programme run by the University of Nottingham that has taken place every year since 2016.

The programme invests more than £400,000 in new ground-breaking business ideas that affect different areas of our lives - such as community, health and climate change.

This year the programme is being co-hosted by the University of Portsmouth. It will include a national summit taking place in December, online learning and a business plan competition supported by industry and community mentors.

You’ll hear from industry experts, think tanks and charity leaders, as well as those with lived or professional experience of the biggest social and environmental challenges facing the UK today.

Teams or individuals with the most viable ideas will also be partnered with a mentor to develop their business plan and pitch, with the prize-winners announced in May.

Dr Chris Worrall, innovation director at the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘Portsmouth is leading the way when it comes to start-ups and helping young people set up their business.

‘We want businesses who make a real difference to their community, the environment or who provide jobs to local people to submit entries.

‘If you have an idea or are motivated to see change, Ingenuity is ready to help you get off to the best start. Join us today to start creating sustainable impact across the UK.’

Last year, three entries from Portsmouth (from five that were shortlisted) were chosen as award winners. They received in total £8,000 worth of funding as well as specialist mentoring support to make their ideas a reality.

The programme is open to everyone, no matter your background or experience, and you can find out more at ingenuity impact.org.

Please join us for Big Networking Night

The region’s business community will come together for the University of Portsmouth’s annual Big Networking Night on Thursday 18 November.

After a challenging year, this year’s event will offer something a little different, as well as a great opportunity for businesses from all sectors across the Solent region to connect with other businesses, university experts, student entrepreneurs and industry leaders to help businesses maximise their potential.

Talk show host Kitty Tray will lead a night of entertainment, laughter and celebration with plenty of time to network.Big Networking Night is the university’s flagship networking event and takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Big Networking Night will be taking place on Thursday 18 November from 6 to 9pm at BoatHouse 7 within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The event, proudly sponsored by Hudello, is free, but you need to book here .

Space Enterprise Labs to open in Portsmouth

The South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications at the University of Portsmouth is one of the first of six sites across the UK to launch a Space Enterprise Lab (SEL).

The Satellite Applications Catapult’s network of SELs are locations across the UK, providing users with access to the latest collaborative technology, resources and expertise.

Portsmouth’s SEL is located at the Technopole within the university’s Innovation Connect business estate. Here the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is using the space and technology provided as part of the SEL initiative to support our thriving regional space community.

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