Ingenious, the leading alternative investment manager that specialises in media, infrastructure, real estate and education, today announces that it has won the Most Impactful Investment award at the 2018 Growth Investor Awards. The firm was also recognised as a finalist in the non-AIM category for Best BR Investment Manager at these prestigious SME industry awards.

The Growth Investor Awards recognised Ingenious’ investment in Mindful Education, an award-winning content and technology company specialising in creating innovative, flexible professional courses and apprenticeships. Mindful Education partner with colleges around the UK to deliver pioneering courses that meet the needs of students, government and industry.

Ingenious’ investment enabled Mindful Education to significantly increase its product range, further expand its sector-leading work in analytics, grow the team size to 34 and increase its marketing capacity – all without compromising on the quality of the content and technology.

The company has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015 and is now working with 18 colleges around the UK – keeping them on track for their 1,000th learner to start a course in January. Like the judges, we have been impressed by the impact such a young company has had on the sector and wider community.

The awards celebrate those who successfully deploy investment into high potential businesses and recognise the impact beyond that investment – from those providing or helping to source investment to those firms best optimising growth capital to scale. An independent panel of judges looked for those demonstrating innovation in products and services; impact on investee performance; and how growth capital is being deployed. Winners were announced on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel.

Neil Forster, CEO of Ingenious, said: “I am delighted that the work of our investment team and of the Mindful Education team has been recognised with this award. This achievement recognises our extensive sector knowledge and operating experience and how we are able to bring these skills to support the ambitions of fantastic growth businesses.”

Mark Mckenna, Founder and Managing Director of Mindful Education, said: “The Ingenious investment team have absolutely transformed our company. Their ability to simultaneously balance high-level strategy and detailed operational implementation has allowed us to improve multiple aspects of how we work. They have supported our vision from day one and their investment has been absolutely pivotal to our growth.”

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