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June 2015

Postgraduate entrepreneurs inspired at Enterprise Futures 2015

(29 May 2015)

Enterprise Futures, a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester and Salford, and Manchester Metropolitan University, is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship amongst postgraduate students.

The event, held at the Museum of Science and Industry for the second year running, was heavily oversubscribed and the 200 students that attended enjoyed a packed day of inspirational talks, skills workshops and access to individual advice.

Keynote speakers were well-known, successful Manchester entrepreneurs, Tom Bloxham and Lisa Tse. Tom illustrated the evolution of his property company, Urban Splash, which redesigns living spaces based on people’s needs, and told several anecdotes from his entrepreneurial student days. Lisa discussed going from a successful finance career to running a restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, selling Chinese sauces from Manchester to China.

The pitching competition was won by Kayode Damali (creating informal podcasts of successful people to inspire the next generation), who won £100 of Amazon Vouchers, free incubator space at Innospace and access to experienced mentors. Second place went to Antonios Lygidakis for his novel recruitment tests for employers (called Owiwi), and third place went to Annette Rimmer, who is producing bespoke ads and jingles for local business with a local radio station.

For more information about the event, please contact Dr Robert A. Phillips.