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Venture Further business start-up competition - Launching 4 December 2018

The annual business start-up competition for all current students, researchers and recent alumni across The University of Manchester.

About Venture Further

Want to start-up a business? Here's your chance to win up to £12,000 and make it a reality with Manchester Enterprise Centre's annual business start-up competition.

  • Win cash prizes to support the development of your business
  • Enhance your CV - gain enterprise and entrepreneurship skills
  • Learn how make your idea a reality and start-up your own business

Your entry needs to be a viable business proposal that has the potential to succeed. If your entry is successful, you will be asked to pitch your business proposal to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win one of the cash prizes.

For further details contact Dr Martin Henery: M.Henery@manchester.ac.uk 

Venture Further is supported by:

BNY Mellon - Venture FurtherIBM logoMSP Venture FurtherWaters Venture Further

Cash prizes in each category

£12,000

First prize

£3,000

Second prize

Competition categories

Businesses that have commercial potential via new products or services where intellectual property is not a key element of the value proposition. Entries to this category would not readily fit into any of the other four categories.

Businesses that utilise the generation or exploitation of knowledge and information and can be considered part of the creative industries. Entries will typically focus on one or more of the following: 

  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Arts and culture
  • Craft
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Games
  • Music
  • Publishing
  • TV and film

Intellectual property would tend to be protected by copyright and design rights.

Businesses that are involved in minimising, or even reversing, the negative impact of themselves or others on the environment, community, society, or the economy through the use of digital circular economy solutions, recycling solutions, and ideas for waste prevention. 

This could include products or services that improve operational performance, productivity, or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste, or environmental pollution. 

Businesses that are mission driven and apply commercial strategies to deliver solutions that have a positive impact on people’s lives and communities. Profits are principally reinvested back into the business or community for the purpose of achieving that mission rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

Businesses that apply emerging technologies to generate new experiences and innovative business opportunities.  

Emerging technologies arise from new knowledge, or the innovative application of existing knowledge. These technologies will currently be developing or will be developed over the next five to ten years and will substantially change the business and social environment. They will lead to the rapid development of new capabilities, be projected to have significant systemic and long-lasting economic, social and political impacts and have the potential to disrupt or create entire industries.

Products, materials, processes and will tend to be protected primarily by patents and trade secrets.

Venture Further start-up competition testimonial
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The 2018 winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the University in May.

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Venture Further 2018 winners