Venture Out student ideas competition

Venture Out, The University of Manchester's student ideas competition, is run and organised by Manchester Enterprise Centre.

The 2016 final and awards ceremony took place on 6 December 2016.

Read about the 2016 Venture Out winners >>

Venture Out will launch again during semester one of the 2017/18 academic year. 

If you want to start-up your own business, take a look at our Venture Further business start-up competition which is open for entries until 29 March 2017.

If you're interested in learning more about the competitions, please email:

Got a great business idea? 
Enter Venture Out and...

  • Win cash prizes to support the development of your idea
  • Enhance your CV - gain enterprise and entrepreneurship skills
  • Learn how to spot opportunities and develop ideas
The competition is open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students from across The University of Manchester.

Enter as an individual or a team of up to six members.

The Venture Out student ideas competition is supported by 
PZ Cussons.

For ideas that have commercial potential via new products or services.

For ideas that improve the lives and social wellbeing of people and communities.

For ideas that apply digital technologies to generate new
experiences and innovative business opportunities. 

For ideas that focus on the application of University-based research to real-world problems.

What you can win

There are three cash prizes in each of the above five categories that will go towards developing your idea.

1st - £500 2nd - £250 3rd - £100


In 2016 Venture Out's headline sponsor PZ Cussons ran its annual Innovation Challenge. The challenges were:

Propose an innovative product or approach that would keep skin looking and feeling great, based on the latest science of what keeps skin healthy and factors such as UV, ageing, pollution etc. that can damage skin.


Suggest how innovation can be applied in personal wash to make brands like Carex, Original Source or Imperial Leather develop customer appeal and convenience.


What you can win

There are three cash prizes on offer for the Innovation Challenge.

1st - £1500  2nd - £1000  3rd - £500

In addition, the winner of the Innovation Challenge will have the opportunity to be mentored by senior managers from PZ Cussons. Talent from PZ Cussons will share their knowledge and creativity, and offer the mentee a strategic perspective on how to develop their innovation.


Important information 

Please read the competition terms and conditions before submitting your entry 


Entry forms 

Full guidance on writing your entry is given on the entry form which will be available once the competition launches. If you've got more than one idea, you can enter multiple times. 

For more information about the Venture Out Innovation Challenge supported by PZ Cussons, email 

Keep up-to-date with Venture Further by following the #VentureOut hashtag on the social channels below: