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May 2015

Four businesses win £10,000 in Venture Further competition

(14 May 2015)

The 2015 Venture Further winners have been announced, as part of an evening of celebration at the Whitworth Art Gallery. Attended by industry leaders and staff from across the University, the night provided the competition finalists with a great opportunity to network and make contacts.

The annual competition, run by Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC), offers prizes in four categories; business; social, digital and research.

This year's competition sponsors; NatWest, CMSpi, MAHSC and Manchester Science Partnerships; all presented awards on the night.

Opening the awards ceremony, Professor Luke Georghiou, University Vice-President for Research and Innovation, said: "Enterprise is at the core of what we do as a University...The jewel in our crown is what our students do and MEC is at the front of that activity."

The 2015 Humanities winners were:

Digital Category: Perfocal

Team members:

  • Tony Xu, MSc Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, Manchester Business School
  • Si Nok Kuok BA (Hons) Linguistics and Sociology, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
  • Jessie Abramson BSc Artificial Intelligence, School of Computer Science
  • Jennifer Ho MA History (Dist), School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Perfocal will help both amateur and professional photographers to get work through an online database. While the product is currently still under development, the site has already received nearly 1,000 pre-registrations from photographers across the UK and internationally.


Social Category: In your own words (School of Environment, Education and Development)

Jenny Berry is an undergraduate studying a degree in English Language for Education. In Your Own Words is a poetry programme developed from Jenny’s research project which is currently run in a Manchester-based prison. Poetry is used in a therapeutic way to help prisoners to express themselves through creativity rather than physically.


Other winners were:

  • Business Category: Joy & Joe Ltd (Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • Research Category: TRAM (Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences)


Runner-up prizes went to:

  • Business: Maritime Security Exchange. Dan Jaggard, MBA, Manchester Business School
  • Social: My Nairobi. Tessy Maritim, LLB Law, School of Law
  • Digital: Metriculate. Mark Ashworth, PhD Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences and Max Hebditch, PhD Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Research: Micro Atlas. Charles Veys, PhD Electrical & Electronic Engineering, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


For more information on the winners visit the MEC website.