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Winners announced for Ingenuity Programme

Published: 8th June 2021
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Shakespeare Martineau has awarded thousands of pounds worth of legal advice to support the growth and development of impact-led start-ups across the UK, as part of the Ingenuity Programme.

The Ingenuity programme brings together the best of academic, industry, and charity know-how to support a diverse range of innovators from across the UK.  With programmes in the West Midlands, West of England, South Coast and East Midlands participants focused on one of four challenge pathways aiming to: Create Prosperity, Build Community, Improve Health and Tackle Climate Change.

As a lead partner of the programme for the fifth year running, Shakespeare Martineau provided legal, business development, and investment information, as well as business coaching for those taking part in the programme’s virtual summits, to help guide individuals, teams and organisations take their impact-driven business ideas forward.

Regional winners were announced in May and those in receipt of legal advice from Shakespeare Martineau, to take their business idea forward, were:

ChangeXtra

ChangeXtra is passionate about empowering women through positive change. We are an organisation where women, with lived experience, support other women through the menopause through counselling, coaching, support and access to learning. We help women to age well.

Seaweed Culture

Seaweed Culture is tackling the growing problem of methane production from livestock in the agricultural industry. Seaweed Culture is creating climate mitigating livestock feed using a patentable onshore system to cultivate a seaweed species which reduces methane production in livestock by up to 95% with no negative effects.

SavingHood

SavingHood aspires to revolutionise personal savings by providing a digital platform for community driven savings that is easy, accessible, secure and transparent, to enable users to achieve their personal saving goals. It is aimed for a wide range of consumers, from financially stable yet unaware individuals or vulnerable people who want to manage their money better to under-banked members of society that need a chance to improve their financial well-being.

The Hyperlights Community

We aim to support and resource students and young people using coaching, mentoring and workshops. We feel that support is needed when studying for their futures. My own experience is that I attended university and thought life would be straight forward and to my own surprise it wasn’t.

Velma

This proposal saves lives. Thousands of lives. Deep vein thrombosis kills 25,000 people a year in the UK. It affects all ages. It happens after illnesses like COVID-19 and following surgery. Most are preventable through simple measures we will communicate powerfully to patients using this award-winning life- and cost-saving green app.

Nutrition Advisory Team

A digital health education tool for primary school-aged children, underpinned by the philosophy that every child matters. Our service delivers engaging and informative cultural and weight-positive digital health education to pupils, created by evidence-based healthcare professionals and teachers. It strengthens communities, contributing to closing the health inequality gap.

MoneyBug

MoneyBug, a game-style online learning platform for improving financial literacy, with a focus on being interactive and interesting. Aiming to provide everyone with the resources and skills to make informed financial decisions. Offering premium subscriptions to schools, families and individuals, whilst remaining free for those who cannot afford to pay.

GRFFN

Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC is an ambitious UK social enterprise with a USP to empower farmers, growers and gardeners to grow nutrient dense food with an app that can self-certify the nutritional quality of their food production, to regenerate the health of soils, plants, citizens and the planet.

For the full list of winners, visit the Ingenuity website.

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