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Elevate | The Enterprise Innovation Challenge


University of Nottingham | 6th to 10th July 2020

The Aldridge Foundation and Future Foundations are delighted to invite schools to register for Elevate – the Enterprise Innovation Challenge.

Elevate is a 5-day 4-night residential ‘Enterprise Innovation Challenge’ which focuses on nurturing the Aldridge attributes, equipping young people with enterprise and business skills, raising aspirations and developing independence.


6th - 10th July 2020


The University of Nottingham

About the Programme

How the programme will benefit you:

Being on this programme you will gain a lot of experience; including new skills, tips to improve your confidence and a fantastic activity to include on job/college/university applications in the future. You will be expected to contribute as much you feel able to throughout the programme. You will get out of this programme as much as you put into it – so we encourage everyone to give it their all and make the most of this fantastic opportunity!

Programme activities:

During the week you will be working in teams to develop a new idea for a business. You will take part in a range of workshops delivered by the team at the Future Foundations focusing on enterprise and business skills; other lecturers within the University of Nottingham; Team Leaders and mentors from Enactus and Nottingham Trent University, Young Enterprise and external business professionals.

Throughout the programme you will be working as part of your team on your ideas and there will be opportunities to feedback your ideas to the presenters and the other teams during the workshops.

Excursions and Challenges
You will also get the chance to visit The Ingenuity Lab which helps University of Nottingham students and alumni develop their entrepreneurial ambitions and a space for entrepreneurs to start and grow their business ideas within the city center.

As part of the team challenges, you will be involved in some business challenges, going out and doing market research and other activities in Nottingham.

Throughout the programme you will be working as part of your team on your ideas and there will be opportunities to feedback your ideas to the presenters and the other teams during the workshops.

On the final day you will pitch as a team to a panel of judges which will include business professionals from the Aldridge organisations and external guests. We call these guests, ‘Dragons’ and they’re all very friendly and they want to see you do as well as you possibly can. This will be a great experience to get your creative juices flowing and receive valuable insight into kickstarting your project idea!

Programme timetable:

The programme timetable can be found here. Please note that this is subject to change, and participants will be sent out a finalised copy in April 2020.

Joining Instructions

All participants will receive joining instructions in May 2020. This will include your kit list,

Venue Accommodation

Participants will be staying in a single study bedroom in the Nightingale Hall at The University of Nottingham Park Campus.

Staying in the halls of residence for the week will be a great opportunity for all, as participants will get a real insight into university life as an undergraduate.

Please visit the University of Nottingham’s website for more details, including a virtual tour of Nightingale Hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear school uniform?

Elevate is a non-school uniform activity. There is no formal dress code, however we recommend dressing comfortably and in sensible footwear. As a guide we would recommend smart casual attire e.g. jeans and a shirt/t-shirt.

We also advise you to bring sportswear to wear whilst playing games, and also swimwear and a towel for use of the swimming pool. Note that the swimming pool will only be able to be used at specific times and under supervision by a member of staff.

Please do not wear slogan t-shirts containing offensive language or images.

Do I have to bring spending money?

All transport, meals and activities will be covered by the Aldridge Foundation so there is no need to bring money unless you would like to purchase any additional items during your stay. Please do not bring excessive amounts of money. Your money will be your responsibility to keep safe throughout the trip.

When will we receive a schedule for the week?

The full schedule is being finalised and will be sent out in April 2020. This will have more information on the sessions but a rough plan can be found on the website under the heading Programme Timetable.

Will I be sharing a bedroom/bathroom?

Bedrooms are split over 4 floors and one member of staff (from one of the Aldridge Academies) will be allocated to each floor.  Male and female students will be allocated rooms in separate areas with segregated bathrooms. If any student has specific gender identification requirements / queries please contact your school’s lead trip organiser or pastoral lead.

Please click here to view some pictures of the accommodation.

What is included in my room?

In your bedroom, you will have one single bed, wardrobe, desk, desk-lamp, chair, and a fridge. There are shared bathrooms with toilets and showers with lockable doors, but all of the bedrooms also contain a sink.

You will be provided with duvet cover and pillows as well as a towel and a basic toiletry pack which contains a soap bar, flannel and shampoo and shower gel.

Are meals included and can dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes, all meals will be provided throughout and yes special dietary requirements can be catered for. We have asked your parents/guardian to supply this information to us within the Parental Consent Form. Please ensure you let us know of any dietary requirements so we can cater for them. Timings for the 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided to you along with the timetable.

There are several cafés located in the campus which you will have access to so you may want to bring your own money if you fancy a snack, or if you wish, you can bring healthy snacks with you.

Will there be any free/down time during the week?

You will be working hard throughout the week but there will be some down time during the evenings and we’ve included some fun activities such as Pool table, Football table, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four as well as optional team activities. There will also be breaks throughout each day to keep you refreshed and energised.

How many staff will be on the trip?

There will be sixteen members of staff on the trip, two from each of the Aldridge Academies taking part.

Can I bring my mobile phone?

Yes, you can bring your mobile phone with you. We ask that these are switched off during the workshops, but you are free to use them during breaks and the evening activities as you may want to stay in touch with family.  Your mobile phone is your responsibility throughout the trip.