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University scoops ‘Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Entrepreneurship Award’

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

University scoops ‘Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Entrepreneurship Award’





The University of Manchester has won the ‘Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Entrepreneurship Award’ at the UnLtd National Conference held in London on 17 July.


This success was achieved through the work of Manchester Enterprise Centre and the University’s Innovation Group (UMI3 Ltd) in supporting and developing social enterprise innovation at the University.


Professor Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, commented: “The University is committed to maximising the impact of our research and to a strong emphasis upon social responsibility. The excellent achievements of our staff and students fulfil both of these agendas. Particular credit goes to colleagues from UMI3 Ltd and the Manchester Enterprise Centre who provided the encouragement and expertise needed to support the emerging successful social entrepreneurs.”


Over the past 12 months, UnLtd and HEFCE have supported 56 Higher Education Institutions in England to take up the challenge of finding and supporting social entrepreneurs within their institutions. The University of Manchester’s selection enabled the further development of its social enterprise strategy with the announcement of a social enterprise competition from UMI3 Ltd to find, fund and support social entrepreneurs from across the institution.


Social enterprise was also incorporated as a specific theme in the Venture Out and Venture Further competitions run by Manchester Enterprise Centre. A programme of intensive support was developed from idea generation and application support, to mentor brokerage and specialist support. Established University social entrepreneurs, Dr Gill Green of STORM CIC and Joanne Tippett of Ketso Ltd have been on hand to offer help and advice.


The Social Enterprise Brief Case, a workshop and workbook designed by specialist innovation company Novomodo Ltd to inspire social enterprise thinking in Higher Education, was launched at the Innovation Centre. This encourages participants to think in a deeper and more focused way about their hidden potential as well as providing practical advice to assist with producing well-rounded applications for the competition.


Dr Laura Etchells, UMIP’s Enterprise and Business Development Manager, commented: “It has been a double success for Manchester today with Helen Power, Manchester Business School’s Events Co-ordinator, receiving the runner-up prize in the most outstanding social entrepreneur category.

“This reinforces the success of our competitions with over 100 ideas being submitted by entrepreneurial staff, students and recent alumni. In total we have allocated over £59,000 to 27 award winners from across the whole University campus and look forward to helping these budding entrepreneurs continue in their journey to success.”


Dr Martin Henery, Manchester Enterprise Centre lecturer and HEFCE Social Enterprise Ambassador, added: “The potential benefits to students, staff, the University and the wider community in the form of experience and skills development, measurable impact of research, experiential learning opportunities and real social impact has only just been begun to be explored.

“These awards indicate that we are moving in the right direction and we all look forward to working with our current award winners as well as continuing to uncover more exciting ideas and enterprises in order to scale up our work and more importantly these valuable social benefits over the next few years.”


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