Enterprising MBA students Bilal El Sayed and Caleb Conner both impressed the judging panel with their business proposals in Manchester Enterprise Centre’s Venture Further competition.
Bilal’s UWispa, a finalist in the business category, is a uniquely engineered phone case which protects the privacy of conversations. The case allows the mobile user to even whisper while taking a call in noisy environments and still provides a clear audio quality.
Caleb’s Spare Space, a finalist in the digital category, is a mobile app that saves travellers money on storing luggage and creates more revenue for local business owners. Those needing to store luggage for short periods of time hire space inside local businesses that can accommodate it.
Many candidates undertake an MBA with a view to launching a business and Alliance MBS offers Industry Scholarships in Entrepreneurship to applicants with a proven track record in this field.
The programme can be tailored to equip students with relevant skills, for example, there are electives in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management, Negotiation Skills (which includes mentoring from successful venture capitalists), and Venture Capital and Private Equity.
All MBA students have access to Manchester Enterprise Centre at Alliance MBS and can enter the Venture Out and Venture Further cash prize competitions which help get business start-ups off the ground.
We support a number of MBA business competitions across the globe, such as the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) in North Carolina, where our MBAs gain valuable hands-on experience of pitching for investment.
Budding entrepreneurs can also benefit from a student-run MBA entrepreneurship club, guest speaker sessions with entrepreneurs and our business simulation course, which gives students the opportunity to experience life as a CEO.
What's more, the City of Manchester is a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent with many start-ups based here, including several businesses run by AMBS alumni – a valuable source of help and guidance.
Bilal commented: “Walking in the streets of Manchester, it’s often windy and raining which can disrupt a call. The UWispa innovative phone case cancels out the disruption and can pick up even a whisper. I’m really pleased the judging panel were impressed with the idea, Venture Further has been a fantastic opportunity.”
In 2015 Bilal and a team of MBAs won the Research category prize at the Venture Out student ideas competition, with a solution for diagnosing and monitoring spinal problems. Bilal was also the Class of 2017 Entrepreneurship Club President.
Friday, August 11, 2017
The NHS Leadership Academy has appointed Alliance Manchester Business School as one of seven higher education institutions (HEIs) to deliver the NHS Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Paul Wood, Executive Principal at YK Pao School Secondary Division in Shanghai, recently started his fourth University of Manchester degree at Alliance MBS.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Why is it that employees who witness bullying in the workplace are often reluctant to intervene? And what role could they actually play in helping to improve the wider culture of a business? These are among the key questions that a team of academics from Alliance MBS are investigating as part of a project into the role that third parties play in workplace bullying.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Austerity is not just a consequence of the global financial crisis but is here to stay as states grapple with the wider impacts of globalisation and the difficulty of increasing state spending. These are among the key messages from an ongoing multi-national academic study into the ‘foundational economy’ – namely those parts of the economy which provide the very basic goods and services that are at the foundation of civilised life.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Randa Bessiso, Founding Director of our Middle East Centre, has been named amongst the Forbes Middle East 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen for 2017. Randa was previously recognised by Forbes in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 lists.
Alliance Manchester Business School and Bruntwood celebrate significant step in campus redevelopment
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
MANCHESTER, 19 JULY, 2017 – Luminaries and leadership figures from Alliance Manchester Business School, Bruntwood and partners gathered on site at the hugely improved campus last night to celebrate a significant step forward in its redevelopment.
Alliance Manchester Business School and The University of Birmingham award 1000th MSc in Healthcare Leadership on behalf of NHS Leadership Academy
Friday, July 14, 2017
1,000th Masters in Healthcare Leadership is awarded on its flagship Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) programme.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Alliance Manchester Business School has been awarded £9.7 million by HEFCE
Monday, July 3, 2017
Calls for private arbitration to avoid delays to transport projects