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UMIP Ignition Awards launched

09 May 2018

Funding is available to test or grow entrepreneurial ideas

UMIP Awards

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of the UMIP Ignition Awards aiming to inspire and further build on the spirit of enterprise and innovation across the campus. By supporting new opportunities, we aim to bring into reality the ideas of academics, support staff and research students and help to maximise their potential for ‘real world’ use or societal benefit.

  • Are you currently working or studying at The University of Manchester or a recent graduate (within 2 years)?
  • Is your idea likely to be an entrepreneurial or innovative solution to a commercial, societal, or environmental problem?
  • Do you feel inspired and motivated to control your own destiny and want to feed your curiosity about entrepreneurship and start-ups?


Funding of up to £2,000 is available, for individuals to test or grow their entrepreneurial ideas. This can include finding out if an idea is viable, learning more about what is needed to develop the concept and trying the project on a small scale, right through to more robust road testing of the idea.

Feedback and one to one provision will be provided to support your applications.


This funding opportunity provided by UMIP is open to all staff, research students (including DBA, MBA) and recent graduates (graduated within the last 2 years) at The University of Manchester.

Closing Date

The first call closes on Friday, 1 June.

To apply or for more information, please contact