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MindGenius 2023

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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


  • 3-year supported licence including home use rights, major product upgrades, and support
  • Perpetual licence annual maintenance (for those institutions who previously bought a perpetual licence)
  • Price banding based on size of institution (50% lower than the standard academic pricing)
  • MindGenius and MindGenius Online licences included

Important Dates

Agreement start: 1 November 2023

Agreement end: 31 October 2026

Subsequent invoice date: 3 months in advance of the licence anniversary date

Commitment Period

Institutions may participate at any time during the 3-year period; however, they will be bound by the terms and conditions, including payments for 3 years from their enrolment to the supported licence.

Licence Type

Site licence


Free 14-day trials are available of MindGenius and MindGenius Online.

Eligible Institutions

This Agreement is open to Institutions of Higher and Further Education, Secondary Schools and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, and to Universities, Colleges of Further Education and Secondary Schools in the Republic of Ireland.

Background Information

Chest and MindGenius have had a Chest Agreement in place since 2003, with this Agreement taking us through 20 years.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Licensor: MindGenius Ltd, a company registered in Scotland (company number SC312478), whose registered office is Titanium 1, King’s Inch Place, Renfrew, PA4 8WF.

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 Online brings the ability of team collaboration to MindGenius. Begin your planning journey in MindGenius 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 a solution for project teams working across multiple locations with in-app messaging. MindGenius Online enables you to work on your projects from any device while working together with your team in real time

MindGenius 20 New Features

The World of One-Click

  • One-Click Styling – 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? 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 – A Windows-style viewing system has been adopted, making it easier than ever before to look at icons in your map in different sizes
  • Picture Gallery Changes – The Picture Gallery is simpler, you now have the option of viewing all images in a single view

These new features make your maps presentable and professional.

Happy to Help

  • More Views – A user-friendly dialog gives you the option to create your maps based on 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 the MindGenius 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, talking points and more

MindGenius Online New Features

Click on the image below to find out about the new features in MindGenius Online:

MindGenius VPAT Report and WCAG Regulations

Click here to see the MindGenius VPAT report, highlighting conformance to WCAG regulations.

Service and Support


Free 14-day trials are available of MindGenius and MindGenius Online.

Product Documentation

Click on the links below to access:

Training and Training Materials

MindGenius currently provide the following live online training options:

  • Mind Mapping Course (2 hours)
    Attendees will gain an understanding of the underlying concepts of MindGenius through to the essential functionality required to ensure they make the most of the application

  • Project Management Course (4 hours)
    Attendees will be introduced to a Six Step Guide for Practical Project Management. Ideal for non project managers who find themselves managing projects. The six steps are introduced in an easy to follow way using MindGenius to manage the full process

Technical Support

Both the 3-Year Supported Licence and the Perpetual Licence Annual Maintenance have Software Implementation Support Services provided for the full licence 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:

E-mail: support@mindgenius.com

Telephone support is not provided.

Supplier Web Address

Supplier home page: https://www.mindgenius.com

MindGenius (desktop): https://desktop.mindgenius.com

System Releases, New Versions and Functionality

Sites licensed either under the 3-Year Supported Licence or the Perpetual Licence Annual Maintenance are entitled to major product upgrades during the licence term. Sites licensed under the 3-Year Supported Licence 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.

Release notes about updates made to MindGenius Online can be found here.

Method of Delivery of the Products

MindGenius will send out download links and licence codes for the Licensed Institution upon receipt of an Order from Chest.

There are two media sets for the latest version of MindGenius - each offer the same software functionality but are suited to different deployment mechanisms. Please note that, under the 3-Year Supported Licence and the Perpetual Licence Annual Maintenance, either media set can be used to deploy to both institutional and personal devices.

Administrators, please see the following links for details of deploying the desktop version and enabling access to the online version of the software:

There is a bulk user upload feature in MindGenius Online which enables administrators to upload a large number of users to their database. You must first ensure that you have the correct number of licences available to add these users into the database; if you need extra licences you should contact MindGeniusNote that, under your Chest licence, there is no limit to how many MindGenius Online licences you can have allocated.

Useful Resources

MindGenius for Education

Click on the image below to find out how MindGenius and MindGenius Online can transform your education experience:

MindGenius - Transforming Learning with Cognitive Power Tools

Click on the image below to watch the recording of the education webinar held on 9 November 2021:

The Benefits of Using MindGenius Online within Microsoft Teams

Click on the image below to watch the recording of the MindGenius Online component of the Microsoft Collaborative Apps in Microsoft Teams webinar held on 18 May 2023:

The associated slide deck can be found by clicking here.

Learn more about MindGenius through this range of short videos: 

Additional recorded content (including bite-sized tutorials) can be found on the MindGenius YouTube Channel.

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 your institution.

Case Studies in Colleges and Universities

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, see:

  • Ayrshire College - Managing multiple complex projects - this case study looks at how MindGenius was at the heart of the merger of three colleges in Scotland, and how MindGenius Online (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

Terms and Conditions

Licensor: MindGenius Ltd, a company registered in Scotland (company number SC312478), whose registered office is Titanium 1, King’s Inch Place, Renfrew, PA4 8WF.

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions, and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions 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 shown.

Licence Type

This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Software (June 2011). Home use is only included with the 3-Year Supported Licence or the Perpetual Licence Annual Maintenance. Please see the additional exceptions listed in the 'Exceptions to the Terms and Conditions' section at the bottom of the page.  

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

Payment Terms

Jisc will invoice Licensed Institutions for the initial fee on receipt of a completed order. Sites who have subscribed to the 3-Year Supported Licence will then be invoiced annually 3 months in advance of the anniversary of their licence start date until the end of their Commitment Period.

You are advised that because of the requirement for Jisc to collect monies due before the anniversary date 2 charges may initially fall into 1 academic accounting year.

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to Jisc Services Ltd, 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 30 days of invoice dates; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

Termination Clauses

3-Year Supported Licences include major and minor product upgrades, support, and Home Use Rights. 3-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.

Note that a Perpetual Licence without Annual Maintenance does not cover MindGenius Online and covers MindGenius (desktop), without home use rights, at the version that was last deployed before Annual Maintenance was cancelled.

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. These permissions are described in the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Software.

Students Yes
Academic Staff Yes
Non-Academic Staff Yes
Staff home use rights Yes*
Student home use rights Yes*
Virtualisation and remote access rights Yes**

*Note that Perpetual Licence holders must subscribe to Perpetual Licence Annual Maintenance for home use rights to be covered.

**Virtualisation and remote access rights are described in the Exceptions to the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the page.  

Personal Licences

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

Exceptions to the Terms and Conditions

Please note, an additional term 2.2(f) is added to term 2 (Licence Grant) of Schedule 4 (Standard Chest Software Licence): “For the purposes of clarification, Licensees should note that virtualisation is permitted, either via a virtual desktop or virtualisation technologies (such as AppsAnywhere) which allow Authorised Users to access the Software from off-campus and from their personal computers. Remote access to installations on campus computers is also permitted.”

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