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Humanities colleagues’ success in Venture Further Awards

(12 May 2017)

Manchester entrepreneurs, including a number from the Faculty of Humanities, have been awarded a slice of a £50,000 cash prize through Manchester Enterprise Centre’s Venture Further competition, to help take their start-ups to the next level. 

Venture Further invited students and researchers from The University of Manchester, as well as recent alumni, to submit their business proposal to an expert judging panel of enterprise and business professionals. The competition offered an opportunity to win a vital cash injection to help realise their business goals.

Of 16 finalists, four winners were selected across the business, research, digital and social categories, each winning £10,000. Four runners up in each category also received a cash injection of £2,500 for their businesses. 

The successful Humanities entries: 

  • the winner of the social category, from the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), was Bounceback Education - a tutoring service that sponsors disadvantaged students in the North West
  • the winner of the digital category, from SEED, was Otterly - an app allowing you to place restaurant orders on your mobile;
  • the winner of the research category, from Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), was MicroSpray Technologies - a new method of particle manufacturing using aerosol generation. 

The runners up from Humanities: 

  • in the business category, from AMBS, Russell Food Group’s Locally Sourced;
  • in the digital category, from AMBS, Simple Terms;
  • in the social category, from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Somewhere MCR CIC. 

 A total of 73 entries were submitted to this year’s awards programme.