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More cash to kick-start social ideas

Friday, November 23, 2012

More cash to kick-start social ideas

UMI3's social enterprise competition





The University's Innovation Group (UMI3) is re-running its social enterprise competition, giving applicants across the campus funding for socially responsible business activity - ventures that address social or environmental need and reinvest profits into the community rather than making a profit.

It follows a pilot project in the Faculty of Humanities earlier this year that funded six winners including Un-Convention - a not-for-profit membership organisation that sources ideas to help independent music makers, producers and communities. Ideas face a vote by the organisation’s members and those at the top of the poll are given practical support, making it a totally independent and democratic process.


Other ventures included One Day Like This - a self-guided digital tour of Manchester’s famous and historic musical sites; Multi-F - a specialist consultancy focusing on multi-faith spaces in buildings; and Link 360 - a leadership network for social enterprise leaders.


Now the University has been chosen as one of 56 partners in the HEFCE/UnLtd Higher Education Support Programme and will be running two further sessions. The first will give awards of £500 to kick-start ideas across the University.


Applicants must be working or studying at the University or be a recent graduate (graduated within the last 12 months). Your idea must benefit the public or community, or be an entrepreneurial solution to a social or environmental problem It does not need to be overtly technology based or a commercial idea.


There is a Social Enterprise Workshop on Thursday, 29 November. It will be hosted and delivered by Melanie Bryan OBE and a range of local social enterprise champions.

Full competition and workshop details >>
Social Enterprise at Manchester Enterprise Centre >>


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