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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Business Idea Pitching Competition

At the Enterprise Futures Conference this year (held at UKFast, Birley Fields, Manchester on Friday 13th May, 2016) 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, for example;


  • Paul Delamere, founder of ShinDigger Ale, secured further funding, a range of new beers have been created and their beers are now stocked in a range of pubs and bars nationwide from London to Aberdeen and have received extensive national press coverage.


  • 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 Saradipity 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. Saradipity Events is now a successfully trading limited company.


  • Kukoyi Oluwaseun, founder of Mr Pulse bespoke hand-made mens clothing, successfully completed the MMU Business Start-Up Boot Camp and was based in MMUs Innospace Incubator. “Mr Pulse” is now a successful business based in Manchester.


  • 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.


  • Kayode Damali, whose idea was based on inspiring podcasts for young people, is now managing director of CheshirEnts and has been featured on the BBC.

  • Antonios Lygidakis, with Owiwi, his novel recruitment tests for employers, was also a finalist at the Venture Further competition in 2015.


  • Annette Rimmer is now producing bespoke ads and jingles for local business with a local community radio station, ALL FM.


For more details contact Dr Robert A. Phillips 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 Elisa Harrocks


 

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