• We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by

    The University of Manchester’s world-class research base

    • £360m+ invested by venture funders

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 7,500+ licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 4,000+ invention disclosures received

    • £115m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University

  • We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by The University of Manchester’s world-class research base

    • £300m+ invested by venture funders since 2004

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 4,800+

      licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 3,700+ invention disclosures received

    • 1,300+ jobs generated across various industry sectors

    • £105m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University

Archive for January, 2013

UMI3 Social Enterprise Competition Now Open

Following the success of our Social Enterprise ‘Lite’ Competition, in which we awarded 6 Try It Awards worth £500 each, we’d like to inform you that:

The Social Enterprise Competition is NOW OPEN and we are welcoming entries

  • Are you currently working or studying in The University of Manchester or a recent graduate?
  • Is your idea likely to benefit the public or community, or be an entrepreneurial solution to a social or environmental problem? If so, then we are keen to hear from you
  • The idea does not need to be overtly technology based or a commercial idea. We want to discover as broad a range of entries as possible


The competition is open to all The University of Manchester staff, students, and recent graduates (graduated within the last 12 months).

Key Dates:

  • Competition opens Monday 21st January
  • Competition closes 5.00pm Friday 24th May


From February onwards applications will be reviewed and awards made on a monthly basis so apply early to increase your chances of success!!


Try it Award: Funding of up to £500, for individuals to try out their ideas. This might mean finding out if their idea is viable, learning more about what is needed and trying the project on a small scale initially.

Do it Award: Funding of up to £5,000, with an average award size of £2,500, allowing individuals to grow an entrepreneurial idea. Do It Awards are for individuals that are confident their project will work and have the basic skills to do it.

Visit www.umi3.com/social_enterprise_competition.htm to apply and to find out more about the competition.



UMI3 and Unipreneur deliver some great onliners

25 budding student entrepreneurs recently gathered in the UMI3 Innovation Centre for a full week’s immersion in setting up an online business. Led by internet entrepreneur Nikolay Piryankov, co-founder of Diamonds In Africa (www.diamondsinafrica.com), the first Unipreneurs learnt to build a website, market it, create interesting content, talk to their first customer and make a sale. The programme was supported by UMI3 as part of its new HEIF funded IQuBiT (I-cube-it) digital accelerator aiming to inspire, invent and innovate a new generation of software, social networking and digital ventures. IQuBit will support ideas for information and communication technology based products and services created by researchers, students or recent alumni connected to The University of Manchester.

Nikolay, an MBS graduate and online retailer of ethically sourced diamonds and jewelry led the first cohort in his own free time. ‘’The event was sold out in 3 hours and we had to have a waiting list. I am keen to put back my experiences of online business development to help UMI3 kick start their activities supporting student digital enterprise at the University. For those who attended it was a valuable and rewarding experience and almost all lasted what was a tough and intensive week.”

The Unipreneur programme was widely marketed with the help of Manchester Entrepreneurs student enterprise society. Fahim Sachedina the current President said, “We know there is a great depth of student talent in our membership waiting to be unleashed, with the help of Nikolay and UMI3 we were able to help up skill some of that budding entrepreneurial talent. We hope to make Unipreneur a regular feature on our expanding agenda. I will soon be moving into IQuBit and look forward to working alongside these new businesses.”

The final conclusion to the week was a series of pitches for the newly established businesses. Prizes of a Kindle and preloaded enterprise books were given out for Best Overall Performer of the Week to Makam Ramesh Kaushik – MSc Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, Best Business Pitches were won by Lexie Xuezi – MSc Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship and Haider Khokhar – 3rd Year Electrical Systems Engineering. A Facebook group has been setup for continuing the group interaction and to encourage other potential business starters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/417479681652088/

Tony Walker of UMI3 said, “We had representation from students in all Faculties, showing how pervasive enterprise is across The University of Manchester. Through IQuBit students or recent alumni connected to the University now have an excellent way to quickly start up in digital enterprise. Ideas do not necessarily have to have any initial Intellectual Property to be considered for support, and might include web-based, mobile apps, social networking, gaming, cloud-based, software, etc. Typically these types of ideas can be built early on ‘lean start’ up principles.”

Do you have an idea, are already running an initiative but would like to be based in a supportive environment, or are indeed just curious to find out more? If so, please contact UMI3 for an informal and confidential discussion.

Ellie Sagar, IQuBit – Assistant Project Manager 0161 606 7265 ellie.sagar@umi3.com

Liverpool and Manchester MRC Confidence in Concept Fund

Liverpool and Manchester MRC Confidence in Concept Fund

£100K is available for University of Manchester and University of Liverpool collaborative projects under the MRC Liverpool and Manchester Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme.

The funding will provide awards up to £50k for a duration of 6-12 months to be used to support the earliest stages of translational research projects. It is intended to support preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach i.e. to provide confidence in the underlying concept – before seeking more substantive funding from the MRC DPFS/DCS/TSCRC or similar initiatives from other funders or Industry.

The Universities wish to exploit their untapped potential and accelerate progress in translating discovery science in areas of key strategic interest such as Cancer, Inflammation, Regenerative Medicine, Women’s health, Paediatrics, Medical Genetics, Clinical Pharmacology, Ophthalmology, Cardiovascular and Neuropsychiatric disorders and this will be achieved by using the Liverpool Manchester CiC scheme to invest in projects in the following four categories:

 • Diagnostics

• Devices

• Therapeutics

• Informatics

Projects funding will be up to a maximum sum of £50,000 inclusive of value added tax, with a duration of between 6–12 months, it is anticipated that the Liverpool and Manchester CiC Scheme shall be used flexibly to fund a number of individual proposals. The maximum total sum available for the Liverpool and Manchester CiC Scheme is £100,000 which, subject to successful project applications, will be equally divided between the Parties.

Projects must have a minimum of two partners, one from the University of Liverpool and one from the University of Manchester. 

Multidisciplinary project proposals are encouraged.

 • An Expression of Interest should be submitted to the Research Deanery RD@manchester.ac.uk by 10th Jan 2013.

 This should include just your name, position, department, Title of Proposal and which of the four categories listed above it belongs to.  

 • Completed applications should be submitted by midnight on Monday 14th February 2013 to: RD@manchester.ac.uk

 For further info on the scheme follow the links on the Deanery website:  www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/research/support/deanery

 General Enquiries on this scheme to: Lisa.hearty@manchester.ac.uk/0161 306 0551

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