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UMIP Innovation Optimiser Ignition Awards launch for funding

19 Dec 2018

The UMIP Innovation Optimiser is pleased to announce an open funding call for the Ignition Awards, aiming to inspire and further build on the spirit of enterprise and innovation across the campus

Ignition Awards

By supporting new opportunities, we aim to bring into reality the ideas of academics and support staff to help maximise their potential for ‘real world’ use or societal benefit.

  • Are you currently working at The University of Manchester?
  • 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 create something exciting and feed your curiosity about entrepreneurship and start-ups?


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 at The University of Manchester.

Open call

There is a finite pot of funding available with no set deadline for applications. 

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