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  • 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

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      licences and IP partnerships concluded

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Make a difference

Are you a member of staff or an academic who wants to make a difference?

• Do you have an idea which may help people on campus, in your local community or further afield?
• Do you think your idea solves a problem?
• Do you have the passion to drive your idea forward?
• Submit your idea to the UMIP Social Enterprise Competition and let’s make a change together

Follow the link to find out more: http://umi3.com/social-enterprise/awards/

In addition to this UMIP would like to invite you to attend a workshop on Thursday 13th February specifically designed to help you explore your ideas in more detail.

At this workshop you will discuss how to prove if your idea is feasible, what does the beneficiary value, explore how to support the idea moving forward, testing your idea and of course how to win a prize in the UMIP Social Enterprise Competition.

Register now to attend the event: https://sebcworkshop2014.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea please feel free to contact Laura Etchells (laura.etchells@umip.com, 0161 6067264) or Ellie Sagar (ellie.sagar@umip.com, 0161 6067265).

£2 million funding programme for Social Enterprises

As part of HEFCE’s £2 million programme to strengthen and broaden support for Social Enterprise in Higher Education Institutions, UMIP is delighted to announce the Social Enterprise Competition Round 2 is NOW OPEN.

The University of Manchester continues to develop an ecosystem of support for budding Social Entrepreneurs and the UMIP Social Enterprise Competition not only offers prize money for winners but also provides a series of mentoring opportunities, business development sessions and further funding opportunities.

The competition will close on the 13th June 2014 however, we strongly advise candidates to submit an application as soon as possible to receive feedback from the team and to improve the chances of being successful.
• Are you a member of staff or an academic at The University of Manchester?
• Do you have an idea that could have a social or environmental application/ output?

Then we want to hear from you!

If you’re not sure what makes a social enterprise, or how to go about starting, just get in touch. We’re happy to talk to interested candidates.

To find out more about Social Enterprise and how to apply to the competition please visit: www.umi3.com/social-enterprise

Student social entrepreneurs will be able to apply for funding via the Manchester Enterprise Centre Venture Further Competition (https://mec.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Enterpriseactivities/Competitions.aspx )

Awards for Social Enterprise innovation create buzz in Manchester

The University of Manchester Innovation Group (UMI3 Ltd) is pleased to announce the Social Enterprise Competition 2013 has resulted in 19 outstanding social venture entrepreneurs receiving awards to further develop their ideas.

The competition was launched in 2012 as a direct result of the University’s selection as one of 56 partner institutions in the HEFCE/UnLtd Higher Education Support Programme and has been delivered by UMI3 Ltd and The Manchester Centre for Enterprise Learning, MEC. The competition was open all staff, students and recent graduates of The University of Manchester and individuals were encouraged to submit ideas for entrepreneurial solutions to social or environmental problems.

The Grand-Prix Final, held on June 28th at The University of Manchester Innovation Centre, UMIC, showcased a wide range of innovative ideas, addressing social or environmental needs, to an audience which included representatives from the University, successful social entrepreneurs and the local business support community. Ideas ranged from virtual reality therapy as a treatment for phantom limb pain to a mobile app assisting healthcare professionals in screening for domestic violence. In addition one Achievement Award of £1000 was awarded to Helen Power, a member of staff from The Manchester Business School, for the development of her social enterprise, Levenshulme Market. Helen received this award due to her exceptional drive and effort in ensuring the progression of the market in a short space of time with a small amount of money.

Paul Monaghan, Director of Up the Ethics, 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."

UMI3Ltd has awarded over £41,000 worth of funding to applicants from all four faculties of the University. There were two categories to reflect the development stage of the enterprise idea and over the course of the competition we have awarded:

  • 11 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.
  • 8 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’.

Professor James Thompson, Associate Dean External Relations, commented: “The University has a great record in commercialisation and now the emphasis on social enterprise demonstrates further the innovation within the institution coupled with our mission to contribute positively to society. The diversity of applicants and awards to this year's competition was outstanding.”

Dr Laura Etchells, UMIP’s Enterprise and Business Development Manager, comments: “The UnLtd programme has enabled us to build on our existing commercialisation operations to find, fund and support social entrepreneurs from across the University. The competition has been very successful and we received over 47 applications from entrepreneurial staff, students and recent alumni, identifying social enterprise ideas which could help solve social and environmental issues.”

Future activity will include securing a range mentoring opportunities for the Award Winners to ensure their enterprises continue to flourish alongside their funding. There are plans to run this competition again next year and the programme team aim to build on the success and interest which has been generated over the past eight months.

Image: Social Enterprise Competition Award winners present at the Grand Prix

(1st row l-r: Magda Sibley, Joanne Tippett, Dongshuo Wang, Joanne Worthington, Nickala Torkington, Jane Placca. 2nd row l-r: Sophie Dawes, Amy Win, Nigel Jay, Erinma Ochu, Kirsten Windfuhr. 3rd row l-r: Haider Khokhar, Helen Power, Rick Watson, James Thompson, Paul Monaghan)

Image: Helen Power with her Achievement Award (l-r: tony Walker, Helen Power, Nickala Torkington, James Thompson)

UMI3 Workshop Launches Social Enterprise Brief Case

The University of Manchester has been selected as one of 56 partner institutions in the HEFCE/UnLtd Higher Education Support Programme and has been actively seeking entrepreneurial staff, students and alumni to enter the UMI3 Social Enterprise Competition.

Inspirational workshops such as the Social Enterprise Brief Case (SEBC) has really motivated individuals to come forward and submit applications. The sustainability of a social enterprise idea is one of the key points to address for the competition and by participating in workshops and utilising tools such as the Brief Case individuals can be guided through the thought process to produce a well-rounded proposal.

The Social Enterprise Brief Case, a workshop and workbook designed by specialist innovation company Novomodo Ltd, to inspire social enterprise thinking in Higher Education was recently launched at The University of Manchester Innovation Centre. Twenty five attendees including members of staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students experienced a blend of tools and techniques to help them think about social enterprise and put their ideas in motion. A series of surgeries on specific ideas was run in parallel to the main group sessions.

The Social Enterprise Brief Case workbook has been designed to assist University members of staff or students in addressing the key building blocks of a social enterprise, utilising easy to use tools to help them along the journey. It allows users to put together an outline describing their idea and how they would implement it (the ‘Brief Case’) so they can apply for funding to try it out.

To find out more about the Social Enterprise Brief Case contact Novomodo Ltd on info@novomodo.co.uk

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