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May 2015

Venture Further 2015 Competition finalists announced

(28 April 2015)

Venture Further invites students and researchers from across the University, as well as recent alumni, to propose a business plan to an expert judging panel of enterprise and business professionals in both the academic and private sector.

The competition enables individuals or groups to receive expert feedback on their business ideas and gives them an opportunity to win up to £10,000 worth of cash to get their idea off the ground.

Sixty five entries were submitted to this year’s awards programme. A panel of expert judges have selected four finalists from each of this year’s categories to pitch their ideas to the panel, in the hope of winning the cash prize. Students from across the Faculty have been nominated each of the four categories, with Humanities students making up all the nominees in the Social category.

Lynn Sheppard, Director of Manchester Enterprise Centre, at Manchester Business School, said: “The competition is now in its tenth year and provides an opportunity for students and recent alumni who are serious about starting a business to have the support and encouragement to really make it happen; it has helped to launch many successful new ventures and careers. This year’s winners will receive prize money totalling £50,000 and have the added benefit of support from groups across the University and its wider networks.”

Dr Martin Henery, Venture Further Competition Director, said: “The quality of entries to this year’s competition has again increased and we have received an incredible mix of business proposals addressing major problems, social issues and the use of new technologies.”  

The winners will be announced at the Venture Further awards gala, taking place at the Whitworth Art Gallery tomorrow(6 May).


The nominees from the Faculty of Humanities:

Research category

AIIS Solutions  


Ikhlas Kamarudin BA International Business, Finance and Economics, Manchester Business School

Ambient Engines

Vinod Rajan, MEnt Business, Manchester Business School

Digital category

Adaptive School


Avinash Mehrotra, MBA, Manchester Business School


Tushar Arya, MBA, Manchester Business School

Rangga Suma Aji, MBA, Manchester Business School

Hamish Graham, MBA, Manchester Business School

Liliana Montoya Cruz, MBA, Manchester Business School

Naveen Viswanatha, MBA, Manchester Business School

Business category

Maritime Security exchange

Dan Jaggard, MBA, Manchester Business School

Social category

In your own words

Jenny Berry, BA (Hons) English Language ForEducation, School of Environment,

Education and Development


O’Computer Savvy


Abhishek R Patil MSc Innovation Managementand Entrepreneurship, Manchester Business School

My Nairobi

Tessy Maritim, LLB Law, School of Law


Shaun Teo MBA, Manchester Business School

Prashant Chandrashekar, MBA, Manchester Business School

Dannu Danil, MBA, Manchester Business School


For more information and the full list of finalists, visit the Venture Further website.