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MindGenius is a mind mapping application that allows users to capture and visualise ideas and information. Utilising visually connected information and knowledge makes it easier to take correct decisions, plan how best to proceed, and manage resultant actions and resources through to completion.

Key Facts


  • Banded pricing based on size of institution
  • Pricing through the Chest Agreement is up to 50% lower than the standard academic pricing
  • Three-year supported licence including home use rights, major product upgrades, and support
  • MindGenius 20 and MindGenius Online are both included with the licence

Important dates

Agreement start date: 10 January 2009

Agreement end date: this is an Annual Rolling Agreement 

Invoice date: Licensees will be invoiced three months in advance of the licence renewal date each year.

Eligible Institutions

Higher and Further Education and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, and Universities and Colleges of Further Education in the Republic of Ireland.

Background Information

MindGenius licences have been available through Chest for over 15 years. A new rolling Chest Agreement was made effective on 1 November 2011.  

Product Information

Supplier Details

Owner: MindGenius Ltd, registered in Scotland (no SC312478), Office 056, Spaces, Tay House, 300 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JR

Product Description

MindGenius is a mind mapping application that allows students to capture and visualise ideas and information.  The unique Map Explorer in MindGenius allows users to navigate through large amounts of information with ease, go onto analyse and categorise maps, and start to see visual links between ideas, all helping users to develop understanding and clarity on the way ahead.  MindGenius helps with collaborative learning, essays, projects, class presentations, study, mind mapping, and lesson planning.

MindGenius 2019 new features

  • Project Collaboration becomes a reality with MindGenius 2019, with greater integration to the online solution, Barvas (now rebranded as MindGenius Online)
  • Email maps to colleagues, share to Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive.
  • Need inspiration, or have you created a Mind Map that you think others will benefit from? Sharing your great work has been made simpler, by clicking "To MindGenius" maps can be sent to MindGenius, who will add it to their templates library for others to use. Or you can integrate into social media channels.
  • Sharing project information with non MindGenius users has been made easier with an update to the export to HTML function. When you share not only will the Mind Map have a new and improved look, you will have more control over what is shown by either displaying in Gantt or Map view. 
  • Looking for a tool that can hold all of your project information but not get overcrowded with information? You will now be able to temporarily Hide Task Cards from individual maps to get a clear view of your project.
  • If it's personalisation you are looking for, then 2019 won't disappoint. Give your Mind Map a new look with one, or all, of the 7 new font templates to pick from.
  • Once you have your project outline, it's time to get to work to achieve your goals. Email tasks to your colleagues from your map with the integration of Outlook.  


In addition the latest version, MindGenius 20, brings you the following:

The World of One-Click.

  • One Click Styling – Our one-click technology allows you to create a style and apply it to all your branches, either on the map as a whole or to branches on the same level.
  • Default Map Template – Making multiple maps? Our one click technology also allows you to make a template and set it as your default.

These give you more freedom to be creative and express your ideas without the complexity.

Picture Perfect.

  • Icon Sizing – We’ve adopted a Windows style viewing system, making it easier than ever before to look at icons in your map in different size.
  • Picture Gallery Changes – Our Picture Gallery is now simpler. Now you have the option of viewing all images in a single view.

These new features makes your maps presentable and professional.

Happy to Help.

  • More Views – user-friendly dialog gives you the option to create your maps based on our 4 main options; Gannt View, Solution View, Slides View and an Ordinary map view.
  • “Get started” – MindGenius 20 comes with a free “Get Started” pack and various drop-down menus offer a variety of templates that can get your MindGenius Journey off to the right start.
  • Expanded help – More help when you’re starting out with a series of focused help topics including videos from our YouTube Channel.

 MindGenius for Meetings

  • Word Export – MindGenius 20 allows you to export your map to Word in bullet point format, and can be the perfect tool for noting down useful information such as meeting minutes, talkings points and more!

MindGenius Online logo

MindGenius Online

  • MindGenius Online brings the ability of team collaboration to MindGenius. Begin your planning journey in MindGenius 2019 then upload your project to MindGenius Online where you can add all your team members to the one map! Assign tasks to individuals, add subtasks, communicate with the team in the map and task board. MindGenius Online provides the solution of project teams working across multiple locations with in-app messaging.
  • MindGenius have been working hard to improve the integration between our desktop and online products and with the launch of MindGenius 2019, you will now be able to share maps from MindGenius 2019 to Online at the click of a button.
  • MindGenius Online enables you to work on your projects from any device while working together with your team in real time. 

MindGenius Education Resource Pack

Download this resource pack which provides comprehensive information, guidance and help to a wide range of people who are going to provide, support, promote, teach or use MindGenius software within their institution.

For real life examples of how MindGenius is used in colleges and universities to help dyslexic students, encourage group work, set examinations, and assist in teaching visit:

Case Studies in Colleges and Universities

  • Ayrshire College - Managing multiple complex projects - the latest case study coming from both MindGenius and Barvas looks at how MindGenius was at the heart of the merger of three colleges in Scotland, and how Barvas could have provided even greater benefits. Read more

  • The University of Edinburgh - Many uses of MindGenius throughout the university - Mark Ritchie, Deputy Director and Head of Project Services, Information Services describes how MindGenius is used by staff in disciplines such as PMO, Project / Programme /Portfolio Management and Business Analysis. Read more


Service and Support


Fully working 30 day evaluations of MindGenius are available for download from the MindGenius Web Site at http://www.mindgenius.com/

Product Documentation

MindGenius offers a variety of resources online to support users - Resources

Training and Training Materials

The MindGenius range of training options are suitable for both individuals and teams, and those who are new to MindGenius and want to make sure that they have the fundamentals correct, as well as existing users who want to learn more of the more advanced capabilities of MindGenius.

Training is performed live and online by a MindGenius expert. There are two courses available:

  • Course 1 MindGenius Fundamentals
    Attendees will develop an understanding of the underlying concepts of MindGenius through to the essential functionality required to ensure you make the most of the application.

  • Course 2: MindGenius Advanced
    The course will focus on more advanced applications of MindGenius such as task management, categories and filtering, project management using the Gantt view, preparing maps for exporting to MS Office applications and more. Each session can be customised to suit you or your team’s requirements.

Each course will last approximately 2 hours and costs:

  • £300 (single attendee)
  • £500 (up to 4 attendees)

MindGenius can also offer onsite training for larger groups, or train the trainer sessions, please contact us at info@mindgenius.com to book or for additional information.

Technical Support

Three-year Term Licences will have Software Implementation Support Services provided for the full three-year term.  Without prior arrangement between MindGenius and any Licensed Site there will be no further provision of Software Implementation Support Services at the end of the term.

Support will be provided by MindGenius via a single Technical Contact or his/her Deputy at each institution.

MindGenius support can be contacted at:

Website: www.mindgenius.com/contact-us.aspx

Email: support@mindgenius.com

Telephone support is not provided.

Supplier Web Address


System releases, new versions and functionality

Sites licenced under the Three-Year Term Licensing are entitled to major product upgrades during that period but must remove / destroy all of the software from their systems at the end of the term (unless a new licence is taken out). 

Licensed institutions will have free access to patches, bug-fixes and updates for as long as they are available via the MindGenius website. 

Method of delivery of product

MindGenius will send out a download link and licence codes to the Licensed Institution after receipt of an Order from Chest.

Terms and Conditions

A Chest Order together with the Standard Chest Software Licence, any exceptions listed below, and the Home Use Undertakings Annex, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the Standard Chest Software Licence carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment.

Licence Type

This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Software. Home use is only included with term Supported Licences or with the additional purchase of Annual Maintenance on Perpetual Licences.

Copying of the Software is allowed in accordance with the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Software.

Payment terms

Please note that the Three Year Supported Licences will be invoiced three months in advance of the licence renewal date each year.

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to Jisc, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB to cover all charges plus VAT.

All terms contained in a PO are expressly rejected and do not form part of the Licence or vary the Licence terms in any way.

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

Termination Clauses

Three-Year Supported Licences include major and minor product upgrades, support, and Home Use Rights. Three Year Supported Licences do not include perpetual use of the software. At the end of the term, if a new licence is not taken out, then all copies of the software must be destroyed / removed from all computers. 

Perpetual Licences (no longer available) means a licence is granted in perpetuity.  From the date of purchase, 12 months of limited maintenance (minor product upgrades and support) is included.

Perpetual Licence Annual Maintenance (only available to existing subscribers) provides 12 months of full maintenance (major product upgrades and support) and also includes Home Use Rights for the 12-month Maintenance Period.

Location and Use Permissions

The product(s) may be used by any Authorised User of the Licensee for Educational Purposes which includes the administration and management of the licensee’s educational and research operations.

Students Yes
Academic Staff Yes
Non-Academic Staff Yes
Staff home use rights Yes
Student home use rights Yes
Access via Citrix, Terminal Server Yes

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement. Individuals interested in purchasing personal licences should contact MindGenius directly.

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