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Venture Out ideas competition - Now open for entries

The annual enterprise ideas competition for all current students and researchers across The University of Manchester.

About Venture Out

Have you got a great solution to a problem? Here's your opportunity to win a cash prize and make your idea a reality.

  • Win cash prizes to support the development of your idea
  • Enhance your CV - gain enterprise and entrepreneurship skills
  • Learn how to identify opportunities and develop ideas

The competition is open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers from across The University of Manchester. You can enter as an individual or a team of up to six members.

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Drop-in clinics

In support of the Venture Out competition, the Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) will be holding a number of drop-in clinics which will take place in the MEC meeting room (5.16 Roscoe building, 5th floor)

If you would like to discuss any of the ideas you are thinking of entering into the competition then please e-mail to indicate your interest. The meeting will take place during one of the slots listed below:

  • Thursday 25/10/18, 4-6pm
  • Monday 29/10/18, 12-2pm
  • Wednesday 31/10/18, 12-2pm
  • Wednesday 7/11/18, 12-3pm
  • Thursday 8/11/18, 12-3pm

Cash prizes in each category


First prize


Second prize


Third prize

Competition categories

Ideas that have commercial potential via new products or services (but wouldn’t primarily fall within one of the other 4 categories).

Ideas that that utilise the generation or exploitation of knowledge and information to generate new experiences and innovative business opportunities.

Ideas that that support the protection and improvement of the environment.

Ideas that improve the lives and social wellbeing of people and communities.

Ideas that focus on the application of new and emerging technologies to provide potentially radical and disruptive solutions to real-world problems.

Venture Out ideas competition - Testimonial

The 2017 winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the University in December.

Read more:


Venture Out 2017 winners