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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: 10 January 2009

Agreement end: 31 October 2023

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

Commitment Period

Institutions may participate at any time during the agreement period; however, they will be bound by the terms and conditions, including payments for three years from their enrolment.

Licence Type

Site licence

Eligible Institutions

Higher and Further Education, Secondary Schools and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, and Universities and Colleges of Further Education and Secondary Schools 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

Licensor: 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 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 the solution of 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.

Service and Support


Fully working 14 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:

Email: support@mindgenius.com

Telephone support is not provided.

Supplier Web Address


System releases, new versions and functionality

Sites licensed 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 for the Licensed Institution after receipt of an Order from Chest.

Administrators, please see https://www.mindgenius.com/e-admin-page 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 info@mindgenius.com Note that, under your Chest site licence agreement, there is no limit to how many licences you can have allocated.

Useful Resources

MindGenius - Transforming your Education Experience

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

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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:

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Learn more 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 visit:

  • 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

MindGenius  VPAT report and WCAG regulations

Click here to see the MindGenius VPAT document, highlighting their WCAG regulations. 

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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