Ideas for Good 2022
This exciting new programme from the Entrepreneurship Team will focus on developing solutions that actively solve both local and global challenges. Applications have now closed and we thank you for the large number of applications! We look forward to working with our new cohort very soon!
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Our ‘Ideas for Good 2022’ programme focuses on developing solutions that actively solve challenges both globally and locally.
If you're motivated, inspired and committed to solving problems, we want to hear from you.
Participants will start with a challenge area that they choose and come up with ideas and solutions that can potentially lead to a start-up or a social enterprise.
Facilitators and expert mentors will guide teams and individuals through each week of the programme. You'll be able to evaluate ideas, validate assumptions, develop skills and connect with a like minded community in Sheffield and beyond.
Our three key themes are:
- Tech & Digital for Good
- Sustainability in Materials, Food & Construction
- Health & Wellbeing
There will be weekly sessions through April and May (starting w/c 11th April, ending w/c 9th May 2022), ending with a pitching competition, where participants will present their projects to a panel of judges with the best ideas winning up to £1,000 to develop their solutions further. Funding will be provided thanks to Santander Universities. Following the competition, your Entrepreneurship Team will be on hand to support you further to develop your projects and even help you start a business (if you are interested).
We want to encourage students and graduates from all faculties and departments to participate. The challenges we face are complex, we need ideas and experiences from a wide variety of backgrounds and subject areas to overcome them. If you are an engineer, scientist, artist, storyteller, psychologist, philosopher, marketeer, advocate, medic, entrepreneur or just interested in solving problems, we want to hear from you. Register using the link below!
Please register your interest using the form below. Applications will close at 10am, on Monday 4th April. All applicants will be informed that same week whether they have been successful or not.
We will provide a friendly, stimulating and fun environment for participants to COME AND HAVE A GO! All you need is enthusiasm and commitment to learning and creating solutions.
Hope to see your application!
- What is the length of the programme
The programme is 5 weeks long and will run from week the commencing 11th April to week commencing 9th May. Four weeks of learning and workshops followed by 1 week presenting at our demo-day.
- Where is the programme taking place?
The first two weeks of the programme will take place online, due to the Easter break. The remaining three weeks of the programme (from week commencing 25th April) will take place in-person in University facilities on campus.
- What is the structure of the programme?
The programme will comprise one weekly session. Each session will last around 2 hours and will include theoretical and practical activities supporting participants to have time to develop their learnt skills.
- Who is going to run it?
The Entrepreneurship Service at the University has designed and developed the programme in collaboration with Entrepreneurial Spark. Expert facilitators and speakers will share their knowledge on topics and be on hand to provide support at each session.
- What topics can I choose from?
The programme will focus on exploring solutions to challenges that align with the following themes:
Tech & Digital for Good,
Sustainability in Materials, Food & Construction,
Health & Wellbeing
If you have an idea that does not fit into these themes, feel free to contact us to discuss how we can adapt. Ideally, we aim to develop ideas that solve local, regional, national or international problems
- How do I find an idea?
We would suggest spending time thinking about the problems you want to solve.
Actively think about the problems and why they exist?
Consider what the existing ‘solutions’ look like and where there may be a gap. Is there an opportunity for you to create a positive impact?
- Will the challenges be linked to real partners?
We will do our best to link all projects to companies that are looking for solutions in the above topics, but we cannot guarantee all projects will get one.
- Who can participate in the programme?
We actively encourage all UoS students and graduates (within the last three years) from any discipline to register their interest.
- Do I need to have a team?
You will not need to be a part of a team to participate on this programme. Individuals may decide to join another team that is working on the same theme, we will not actively form new teams at the start of the programme.
- Is there a selection process for the programme?
Yes, there is a selection process and participants will be selected based upon your submitted application.
- What is the selection criteria?
We will consider a number of factors while making the decision. These include but are not limited to your intentions to progress the idea beyond the programme, your motivations for engaging in the programme and what you intend to get from the programme.
The selection of successful candidates will be decided through a panel. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified via the email provided in the application form. We hope to inform all participants of the outcome as soon as possible after applications close and in the week commencing 4th April 2022.
- What is the time commitment?
We expect participants to attend all sessions for which there will be a minimum of two hours per week. There will likely be activities for you to undertake between sessions to further your understanding and develop your ideas but will depend upon each facilitator/session.
- What do I need to take part in the sessions?
Yourself, a passion for discovering more about the theme you have chosen and lots of good energy!
About the demo day and cash prizes
- Do I need to submit anything at the end of the programme?
You will develop a pitch deck to be delivered on the demo day (11th May 2022) at the end of the programme. A total of £5000 will be up for grabs for the best ideas, thanks to support from Santander Universities.
- Who will judge the presentations?
A panel of judges will be formed by the Entrepreneurship Team and Entrepreneurial Spark comprising experts in different fields of entrepreneurship.
- Are there prizes on offer?
Yes, there are cash prizes! Up to £5000 will be up for grabs to help support the best ideas to continue exploring and testing their ideas thanks to Santander Universities.
- Will there be continued support after this programme ends?
We will provide you with the tools and resources to develop and test your ideas. The aim is to get you to the position where you are ready to move to the next stage, even though we are always here to support you!
- What to do if I have more questions?
Please email email@example.com
This programme is intended to support the generation of new ideas to solve real-world problems rather than develop current ideas. If you are unsure or have further questions please do get in touch with our team.
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