• 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 July, 2016

UMIP Fellows Programme – Information Day

UMIP Fellows Programme – Information Day

Thursday 28th July 3.00-4.30pm

Joule Suite, UMIC Innovation Centre, Core Technology Facility, Grafton Street, M13 9NT

Are you a full time postgraduate student registered at The University of Manchester and have; –

  • An interest in technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation, and/or prior experience in business or commercial environments?
  • A commitment and availability for up to 4 hours per week to undertake paid project work?
  • Demonstrated professionalism and ability to adhere to deadlines?
  • Enthusiasm to gain valuable business-related experience to enhance your CV?

If you can answer yes then register now for the UMIP Fellows Information Day to understand more about the programme and how you can get involved

UMIP is a division of UMI3 which captures and manages intellectual property on behalf of The University of Manchester. We commercialise exciting new inventions and ideas from research via licensing to existing businesses or by setting up new “spin-out” companies. We are recruiting a number of high calibre student researchers to become UMIP Fellows to work in their spare time alongside UMIPs Commercialisation Executives to undertake a range of time critical short project assignments.

Our UMIP Fellows Programme is now in its fourth year and is modelled on the similar, highly successful Columbia Fellows Programme run at Columbia University in New York. Typical project assignments will include:

  • Conducting scientific, market or prior art and patent research and analysis in order to inform decisions relating to patenting of inventions
  • Assessing new inventions for commercial viability
  • Writing technology summaries for marketing
  • Identifying potential licensees or investors for new technologies

Successful Fellows will receive structured training from UMIP staff and in order to complete assignments, and the opportunity to participate in enterprise training from the Manchester Enterprise Centre. We expect that Fellows will be starting their 2nd year of PhD study in a STEM related discipline, and will be able to commit to the Programme for at least one year.

To find out more about the UMIP Fellows Programme, our aims and expectations, the entry criteria and the assessment process, register now: https://umipfellowsinfoday.eventbrite.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th July.

Success for University of Manchester’s Social Enterprise teams at UnLtd SEEChange Recognition Awards 2016

Certificate 2016The University, through its Social Enterprise Team at UMIP and Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) won the Higher Education Institute Recognition Award for Innovation in Delivery of Support to Social Entrepreneurs at the ceremony held in Oxford on 7th July.

The award recognises the outstanding achievements, impact and innovation in developing support mechanisms for social entrepreneurs.

In addition, our entrepreneurs were individually recognised for the following awards:


Outstanding Innovation: This award is to highlight the most innovative and potentially transformational solutions to social issues developed by staff, students or graduates

Farmlab CIC receives award

Winner, Erinma Ochu – Farmlab CIC, a local ‘pop up’ urban farming system designed to encourage a move towards zero carbon and zero waste by recycling of water and nutrients. By working locally with businesses and residents people are able to make healthier and environmentally sustainable food choices and gain the skills and knowledge to make their part of the city more resistance to climate change



Outstanding Achievement: Personal Growth and Development: This award is to recognise outstanding staff, students and graduate social entrepreneurs who have personally grown, developed and achieved through their award and development as a social entrepreneur.

Shortlisted finalists, Helen Power- Levenshulme Market CIC and Ruth Daniel-In Place of War CIC with UMIP’s Dr Laura Etchells a shortlisted finalist for Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year.

Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at the University commented: “Making a difference to society is a core part of The University of Manchester’s mission. We are delighted to see our work to support and develop social enterprises receive this national recognition once again.”

Tony Walker of UMIP’s Social Enterprise Team commented: ‘This is our third year of success in the awards and it’s wonderful to see we are still able to be at the forefront of an incredibly strong set of nominations. What is most significant is that both awards recognise our increasing focus on developing innovation in our social enterprises, reflecting the maturity and growth of many of our early candidates who are now flourishing. Inspire, Invent and Innovate is our strapline and we will continue to pursue that goal by supporting our academics, staff and students in their social missions.’’