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Call for entries from students to Venture Out 2016

26 Oct 2016

Manchester Enterprise Centre is looking to support the next big idea from the University through our signature student ideas competition

Open to all current undergraduates and postgraduates, the competition allows for individuals or groups to win cash prizes to develop their idea into a viable business, as well as support from the university’s Manchester Enterprise Centre on how to spot opportunities and develop business concepts.

Previous winners and finalists have included: GiveMeTap, The ASH Company and Golden Honey.

Martin Henery, Competition Director for Venture Out, said: “The competition attracts such a diverse and imaginative range of entries every year and is a great opportunity for students from any part of The University of Manchester to develop creative solutions to real life problems based on their skills, life experiences or subject specialism.

“Venture Out is all about finding the problems that you care about and demonstrating that you have an idea as to how to make a difference. The best ideas win up to £500 and, in some cases, entering the competition has inspired students to implement their ideas resulting in successful and growing business.”

There are five prize categories to choose from:

  • Business: For ideas that have commercial potential via new products or services
  • Social: For ideas that improve the lives and social wellbeing of people and communities
  • Digital: For ideas that apply digital technologies to generate new experiences and innovative business opportunities
  • Research: For ideas that focus on the application of University-based research to real-world problems
  • PZ Cussons Innovation Challenge: Propose an innovative product or approach that would keep skin looking and feeling great OR Suggest how innovation can be applied in personal wash to make brands like Carex, Original Source of Imperial Leather develop customer appeal and convenience


Apply online by 12pm on Monday, 7 November at:

Venture Out is supported by PZ Cussons.