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Ignite your idea this May with up to £2,000

We are on the lookout for new, budding entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. We’re proud to have supported so many people already this year across all faculties at The University of Manchester with their fantastic ideas; from meetings to discuss the commercial potential of an idea, through to hosting exclusive commercialisation programmes for early career researchers to help develop innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset. We’ve plugged tens of thousands of pounds into innovators to enable them to conduct customer discovery, but we don’t want to stop there!

We at the Innovation Optimiser made a pledge back in January to provide a £2,000 Ignition Award* to an innovative idea each month until the end of July 2019. We have stuck to our promise so far awarding £6,000 in total to three new projects. This funding has enabled the campus-based innovators to attend both national and international events, meet with potential customers to gather invaluable feedback and create product prototypes to test in industry. Brilliant, right?

Let us ignite your idea this May with our monthly Ignition Award.

Do you have an idea that you believe would make a great business opportunity? Do you have the solution to a problem and desperate to share it with the world? Are you an ambitious member of staff at The University of Manchester and ready to test your idea in a risk-free environment? Then apply today for an Ignition Award of up to £2,000.

To obtain an application form, please email IgnitionAwards@umip.com – the closing date for this month’s award is Sunday 26th May 2019.

Questions? We have a range of FAQs published on our blog which you may find useful before submitting an application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us using the email above.

For inspiration, please take a look at some CASE STUDIES to learn about other campus-based innovators who have received support through the Innovation Optimiser.

*Subject to availability.