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    Our February Ignition Awardee is…

    Dr Daniel White, Senior Scientific Officer from Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

    Congratulations to Dr Daniel White, winner of a £2,000 Ignition Award through the UMIP Innovation Optimiser; an initiative that empowers innovators across the University campus. Daniel’s idea aims to ultimately make the lives of researchers easier by providing commercially managed on-site ultra-low temperature sample storage.

    Daniel commented: “I have first-hand experience as a scientific researcher of the hassle of storing biomedical samples on-site. I believe my idea has the potential to free up valuable time and financial resources of University staff, allowing them to focus on what’s important – research and teaching.

    “The support available through the Innovation Optimiser, including both the Ignition Award and the Roadmap programme, will be a great help in driving my enterprise forward. Using my knowledge and enthusiasm I am determined to make a success of it.”

    Daniel will be spending the next few months developing new relationships with stakeholders as well as gathering market research data from potential future users.

    If you’re a researcher who stores samples at -80 degrees and below, please take just 5 minutes to help Daniel drive his venture forward by completing this short survey via Survey Monkey.

    The Innovation Optimiser Ignition Award of up to £2,000 is available every month* until the end of July 2019 for staff and early career researchers at The University of Manchester with innovative ideas.

    Do you have a solution to a commercial, societal, or environmental problem? Then you could be our March Ignition Award winner. Apply now to get your idea off the ground by emailing ignitionawards@umip.com

    To find out more about the monthly Ignition Awards and about the support available through the Innovation Optimiser, please register today for this free event, ‘Ignite Your Idea’ taking place on Wednesday 27th March over at The Milk & Honey Café, 1pm-2.30pm.

    *Subject to availability


    March Ignition Award: Open for applications!

    Do you have an innovative idea and would like some support to develop your own business? Are you a member of staff at The University of Manchester? Apply today for a grant of up to £2,000 to test its viability.

    The Innovation Optimiser have pledged to inject up to £2,000 each month* to the end of the current academic year into new ideas that we believe to be innovative.

    This Ignition Award allocation supports our vision to inspire and further build on the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship across The University of Manchester. Available every month until the end of July 2019, staff and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) at The University have the opportunity to apply for an Ignition Award of up to £2,000. This funding may be used to test the feasibility of your idea, learn more about what is needed to progress with your idea and even create a prototype product.

    For further information about the monthly Ignition Awards you’re invited to attend our FREE event on Wednesday 27th March, ‘Ignite Your Idea’, over at the Milk & Honey café and hear first hand about the support available through Innovation Optimiser from one of our previous awardees. Book your place today.

    To obtain an application form, please email ignitionawards@umip.com

    The closing date for the March Ignition Award is Monday 25th March 2019.

    For inspiration, take a look at some CASE STUDIES to read about The University of Manchester innovators who received support through the Innovation Optimiser programme.

    *Subject to availability.


    ‘Ignite Your Idea’ at this free event

    Do you have an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, or believe you’ve discovered a solution to a problem?

    Wednesday 27th March // 13:00 – 14:30 // Milk & Honey Café // Free Ticket

    Do you have an idea for a business that you just can’t stop thinking about? Would you like to feed your curiosity about entrepreneurship and start-ups? Are you an Early Career Researcher (ECR) or a staff member at The University of Manchester and feel motivated to create something amazing?

    Join the Innovation Optimiser team for an informative afternoon over at the Milk & Honey Café (with free coffee and cake, of course!) and discover the opportunities and support available to you through the Innovation Optimiser as an ECR or staff member at The University of Manchester, including the chance to access an Ignition Award of up to £2,000.

    Nikhil Kurian Jacob, an ECR at The University of Manchester will be talking you though his entrepreneurial journey with Innovation Optimiser and how the support available has enabled him to accelerate his business idea, Stressless; a VR App designed to combat stress. He’ll also be giving a live demo of his innovative invention.

    UMIP officers will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have relating to your Intellectual Property Rights. You may be unfamiliar with the term Intellectual Property and want to know more; there will be an abundance of knowledge in the room and resources for you to take away.

    Register now via Eventbrite. Places are available on a FCFS basis.


    Our January Ignition Awardee is…

    Marco Rodriguez Frias, an Early Career Researcher (ECR) from The School of Electrical Electronic Engineering (EEE).

    Congratulations to Marco Rodriguez Frias, winner of a £2,000 Ignition Award through the UMIP Innovation Optimiser; an initiative that empowers innovators across the University campus. Marco, whose idea aims to support the UK Environmental Agency’s mission to prevent contaminating sewers with large quantities of oily water, will use the award to test the feasibility of his proposal.

    Marco commented, “I have an idea for a product derived from my research that can be implemented within industries to vastly lower the risk of oil being released into our sewers, and ultimately back into our ocean. I heard about the Ignition Award during a UMIP event on campus and thought it was a brilliant, risk-free opportunity.

    “I will use the funding to make samples of a product which I’ll apply to oil separators across industries. I will be monitoring the results over a period of time to ensure the product is ready; I’m excited to get my idea out of the lab and into industry.”

    The Innovation Optimiser Ignition Award of up to £2000 is available every month* until the end of July 2019 for staff and ECRs at The University of Manchester with innovative ideas.

    Do you have a solution to a commercial, societal, or environmental problem? Then you could be our February Ignition Awardee – apply now and get your idea off the ground. Closing date 25th Feb.

    For an informal chat about the Ignition funding opportunity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at ignitionawards@umip.com or for more information, please visit our website: www.innovationoptimiser.com

    *Subject to availability