Innovation Optimiser – Empowering Innovators

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The Innovation Optimiser has successfully completed its first pilot year and has engaged with over 80 University of Manchester innovators. Developed by UMIP, to complement its IP Commercialisation activity, the Innovation Optimiser has been designed to support academics, staff and research students who may have an idea for a commercial start-up or social enterprise.

It encompasses a wide range of support including; Ignition speaker sessions, the Roadmap workshop programme, Momentum activity, the Spotlight series and our range of Partners and dedicated Enterprise Team.


 Roadmap graduates from the 1st cohort

Roadmap graduates from the 1st cohort

“To encourage and inspire more people to turn their ideas into reality we have introduced the Innovation Optimiser. Academic, staff and research student innovators can have a profound impact on society and we’re privileged to work with them to bring their ideas to fruition. Through support from the Innovation Optimiser, our colleagues have demonstrated that you do not necessarily need to sacrifice academic freedom or studies to bring your discoveries to market,” comments Tony Walker, (Director of the Innovation Optimiser).




As part of the Innovation Optimiser process, innovators sign up to the signature workshop programme Roadmap which lies at the core of our support. Delivered by Ian Brookes, (DNA People) it features a series of half day workshops over five months covering everything from balancing academia and entrepreneurship to launching an enterprise.

Roadmap graduates from the 2nd cohort

Roadmap graduates from the 2nd cohort

“The Roadmap workshops helped me to define a value proposition for my venture and develop a business plan. I also learnt how to pitch my research and look for funding. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone that requires guidance with regards to entrepreneurship.” – Roadmap graduate

Going forward we look forward to supporting our current projects through their next phase of development. As of August 2016 we will welcome new projects into the Innovation Optimiser. If you are an academic, a member of staff or research student from The University of Manchester, and have the basis of a viable business or social venture, then we want to hear from you.

To find out more, contact one of the Innovation Optimiser team:

Ellie Buckley, Enterprise Development Executive or 0161 606 7265

Laura Etchells, Enterprise Development Manager or 0161 606 7264

Tony Walker, Director of Innovation Optimiser, or 0161 603 7780


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