UMIP Awards for Social Enterprise innovation create buzz in Manchester

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As another academic year closes, we were proud to showcase our Social Entrepreneurs to an audience of representatives from the University, successful social entrepreneurs and the local business support community. Our Social Enterprise Competition 2014, which was open to all University staff and academics, has resulted in 7 outstanding social entrepreneurs receiving £14000 of awards to further develop their ideas.

To celebrate their achievements, our UMIP Showcasing Social Entrepreneurs Event was held on July 17th at our Innovation Centre, UMIC. We showcased a wide range of innovative ideas, addressing social or environmental needs from a solar powered LED lighting system to using visual imagery to connect arts and science.

Dr Gill Green, STORM Skills Training CIC CEO and UMIP social enterprise ambassador, comments: “The calibre of the social enterprises on show was inspiring, as was the University’s ambition to embrace this area and become a beacon university for social enterprise. Staff and students alike can feel real pride in what has been created in such a brief period of time.”

There were two categories to reflect the development stage of enterprise ideas and over the course of the competition we have awarded:

  • 4 Try it Awards: for social entrepreneurs to try out their ideas by finding out if their idea is viable, learning more about what is needed and trying the project on a small scale initially.
  • 3 Do it Awards: to allow an entrepreneurial idea to grow. Do It Awards are for social entrepreneurs who are confident their project will work and have the basic skills to ‘do it’.

Dr Laura Etchells, UMIP’s Enterprise and Business Development Manager, comments: “The continued support from UnLtd through their programmes has been invaluable in helping us to really build on our existing commercialisation operations to find, fund and support social entrepreneurs from across the University. The competition this year has again been very successful and we received over 19 applications from entrepreneurial staff identifying social enterprise ideas with real societal benefit.”

As well as funding these new ideas, we have been focusing on developing some of the opportunities from last year’s programme and we now have a jointly funded Build It Award (Helen Power, Levenshulme Market) with UnLtd and two social ventures being pursued through the UMIP Entrepreneur in Transit (EiT) initiative (HiSolar and PLP). The University is also extremely pleased to announce it has recently secured Scale and Growth funding from UnLtd and HEFCE to continue supporting social entrepreneurs who’s ideas are beginning to reach a scalable point.

The Enterprise Team will be continuing to actively seek budding social entrepreneurs to test out their ideas and will be looking to support our existing cohort of awardees as they start to scale and grow their enterprises.

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(1st row l-r: Helen Chilton - High Expectations for Deaf Children, Dr Jenna Ashton - The Silence of the Photograph, Catriona Kennedy - Smart Assistance App, Jane Raftery - MaccFutures, Liz McIllroy- iBop, Dr Raj Ariyaratnam - SOSTEK-M)

(1st row l-r: Helen Chilton – High Expectations for Deaf Children, Dr Jenna Ashton – The Silence of the Photograph, Catriona Kennedy – Smart Assistance App, Jane Raftery – MaccFutures, Liz McIllroy- iBop, Dr Raj Ariyaratnam – SOSTEK-M)

STORM CEO appointed as UMIP Social Enterprise Ambassador

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Dr Gill Green, CEO of Self-harm Mitigation and Postvention training service, STORM Skills Training CIC, has been appointed Social Enterprise Ambassador to UMIP.

As part of her role, she will help advise the founders and teams behind new social enterprises from the University on how best to prepare for their journey – offering tips and hints gleaned from her many years’ of experience in running a social enterprise.

Tony Walker, Director of Enterprise and Business Development at UMIP, commented: “We are delighted to add Gill’s considerable experience and credibility to help further our social enterprise agenda here at UMIP. It has been an exceptional couple of years of development, we have evaluated 108 socially innovative ideas, and with the support of our partners UnLtd made awards to over 25 budding social entrepreneurs across the campus and have exciting new spin-out companies in this area. The Ambassador role further demonstrates our commitment to building on our award winning programme to address social, civic and environmental issues by unleashing the creative power of our staff, students and recent graduates.”

Dr Green will help stimulate new social enterprises among academics and staff at presentations, training and development events run by UMIP, as well as helping to set up a number of quarterly round table events with early-stage projects, academics and social entrepreneurs.

These will focus on stimulating self-help, keeping interested parties appraised of high-profile issues which might affect social enterprises and helping organisations to develop a view of best practice.

Commenting on her appointment, Dr Green said: “I’m thrilled to be invited to take the post, which will see social enterprises represented with an ambassador alongside those already in place to support spin-outs and licensing.

“I can’t wait to use my experiences with STORM to help others and look forward to bringing together early-stage social enterprises to discuss best practice and relevant issues.”

Dr Green’s STORM enterprise, a UMIP spin-out, has been trading independently of the University for just under two years and in that time has grown considerably. It now employs two full time staff, three part time employees and 20 consultants who deliver the training.

STORM also recently launched its flagship campaign – ‘Hey, are you OK?’ (#HeyareyouOK?) – which aims to help people recognise distress in themselves and others, and learn how to seek and offer help when confronted with these situations.

For more information about STORM, please see www.stormskillstraining.com

Follow STORM on Twitter @STORM_CIC

Johnson & Johnson Innovation team up with Manchester scientists

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As part of a strategy to explore the emerging science around the human microbiome and its impact across several areas of health and disease, Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson Innovation have established a collaboration with scientists from The University of Manchester.

The collaboration will explore potential applications of probiotic extracts for prevention and treatment of skin, oral, and respiratory conditions.

Dr Catherine O’Neill, from the University’s Institute of Inflammation and Repair, and Dr Andrew McBain, from Manchester Pharmacy School, will lead on the research project with Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

Dr O’Neill said: “It’s exciting to be working with such a massive global player who we hope will really help us to develop products which will bring benefits to patients.

“This collaboration will help us co-develop a piece of technology established here in Manchester which uses probiotics – or friendly bacteria – on the skin and hopefully take this to market.”

The agreement underscores the approach Johnson & Johnson Innovation is taking to establish scientific collaborations in areas that span its pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics and consumer businesses.

School of Physics and Astronomy Industry Engagement Day

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 from 09:30 to 16:00

The University of Manchester, Schuster Building, M13 9PL

You are personally invited to attend a showcase of the Technology Translation Fellow resource and associated University of Manchester expertise within the School of Physics & Astronomy

Join us to find out more about our research capability, funding opportunities, network with key academics, hear case studies from companies engaging with the University and meet the Business Engagement network(Business Engagement / Knowledge Exchange / UMIP )

Physics and Astronomy research is increasingly growing in importance as a key contributor to economic growth across a whole host of industry sectors including:

>sensors and instrumentation for medical device applications and new microelectronics and complex 3d structures for high value manufacturing

>new algorithms and processing capability for solving complex software, web analytics and big data problems

>lasers for modern society, used in barcode scanners, hair removal, CD players and many industrial processes

>opportunities for developing new electronics, computing and software systems and infrastructure for the Square Kilometre Array, one of the largest science facilities ever constructed

This event is aimed at Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and larger organisations that want to know more about collaboration or accessing our support and expertise.

There will also be the opportunity to tour some of our world class facilities such as that of the Manchester Particle Physics group who specialises in the development and production of detectors which record the passage of charged particles. Visitors to the lab will see equipment for producing and testing a variety of different types of tracking detectors, from large-scale wire chambers to ultra-high-precision solid state pixel detectors with resolutions on the order of a few microns.

Confirmed speakers include:

The University of Manchester Alick Deacon, Physics and Astronomy Technology Translation Fellow

UMIP Tony Walker, Director of Enterprise and Business Development

National Graphene Institute James Barker, Business Director

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Phil Tait

Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Rob Heathman, Research Base Liaison Manager

Keith Grainge, Lead of the SKA Signal and Data Transport consortium

Register here and come along to our event on Thursday, 10 July 2014

 

 

 

UMIP finalists at Business Impact Awards

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l to r: Allan Prits (UMI3), Clare Arkwright (UMIP), Steve Mould, Dr Joanne Tippett (Ketso)

The awards, which recognise and celebrate the impact of innovation, were held at the Association’s Gala Dinner in Cardiff on12th June. UMIP was recognised by the judges for its social business, Ketso Ltd, which sells a hands-on kit for creative engagement.

Dr Joanne Tippett invented Ketso whilst working with villagers in rural Africa, planning for the future of their area. Ketso literally means ‘action’ in Lesotho. Her research at The University of Manchester enabled her to test and develop the toolkit with a wide range of stakeholders. In 4 years, Joanne took Ketso from a hand-made kit to a saleable product and in 2009 Ketso was launched as a social business.

The kit is more tactile and visually appealing than traditional flip charts and sticky notes. This makes it highly inclusive, a factor in the Scottish Government choosing it as the key engagement tool for developing its 2013 Refugee Integration Strategy. Ketso generates social value throughout its supply chain, with fairtrade components that are assembled in a supportive workplace in the UK.

Ketso has demonstrated clear impact in enterprise development, strategy and change management, health and wellbeing, environment, community planning, teaching and learning, research and engagement with the vulnerable (refugees, mentally ill, learning disabled). Ketso is the only documented spin-off company from ESRC-funded research, and is used in 41 countries, with more than 350 unique customers and at least 19,800 participants in workshops.

Joanne commented: “I was delighted to be selected as a finalist and to have an opportunity to discuss research impact at the Awards Ceremony. Being selected pays tribute to the role that UMIP has played in supporting an innovative new model for a social business from social science research. It is also great to have recognition for the impact that Ketso is already having and its potential to go on to inspire more people to engage and make positive changes worldwide.”

UMIP’s Director of Operations, Dr Rich Ferrie, added: “It is an honour to have been selected as finalists by PraxisUnico. Ketso as an exciting social venture whose main product has impacted the lives of thousands of people internationally. It’s been our pleasure to provide Joanne Tippett and Ketso with a platform on which to grow.”

For more information on Ketso, please visit www.ketso.com

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