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Your chance to kick start your business!

At the Enterprise Futures Conference this year (held at Museum of Science and Industry, Castlefield, Manchester on Tuesday 12th May 2015) there will be an opportunity for students and staff to pitch their business or social enterprise idea to a panel of judges for a selection of prizes – £100, £50 and £25 Amazon Vouchers, free incubation space for a year and access to experienced mentors in a variety of different industries – an ideal opportunity to kick start your business.

You will be given FIVE MINUTES to pitch to the panel and a flipchart will be provided, although you may bring other items with you such as a prototype or other way of demonstrating your idea, Powerpoint is not permitted. Your business could be at any stage from simply an idea to a business that is already trading.

Previous winners have gone on to be very successful;

  • Paul Delamere, founder of ShinDigger Ale has secured further funding, new beers have been created and their first beer, Pacific Pale Ale is now stocked in over 20 pubs and bars in Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool and Chester.
  • Matthew Borthwick has applied for a patent for his “Real-time gaze tracking” invention for reducing injuries in sports such as American Football, has also obtained further funding by way of a £500 UnLtd. Award and support from Dragons Den’s James Caan.
  • Stephen Baines has since started to develop his innovative fitness platform which takes fitness to the cloud. The brand, Fitifi, is currently in development and a co-founder is currently being sought. His idea also won first place at the What Next conference in 2014.
  • Sarah Wilkinson, founder of Saradipidy events consulting for community based organisations, was a finalist in the Pitch UK and MBA Challenge competitions and nominated for a Women in Business Award in 2014.
  • Kukoyi Oluwaseun, founder of Pulse bespoke hand-made mens clothing, successfully completed the MMU Business Start-Up Boot Camp and is currently based in MMUs Innospace Incubator.
  • John Donaghy has now set up his social enterprise EDSI (Engineering Design for Social Innovation) which promotes civil engineering to young people and is also based at MMUs Innospace Incubator.

For more details contact Dr Robert A. Phillips (Robert.phillips@manchester.ac.uk) or to register your interest in pitching simply send an email with your name, school and whether you are a taught or research postgraduate student or member of staff to Sangita Mistry (sangita.mistry@mbs.ac.uk).

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