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Venture Further 2013 finalists announced

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Venture Further 2013 finalists announced

The finalists of our annual business start-up competition have been announced. Each finalist will now pitch their business proposal to a panel of expert judges, and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, 8 May.

Business category


ShinDigga Ltd.

A highly innovative and exciting craft beer company which aims to change the way young people think about ale.

- Paul Delamere (Master of Enterprise - Manchester Business School)
- George Grant (BSc International Management, Finance and Economics – Manchester Business School)


Belle Vue Productions Ltd.

A company that produces film and web content for universities and the arts and heritage sector.

- Ben Knowles (MA History – School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)
- Sophie Everest (PhD Museology – School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)
- Andrew Hardman (MA Art History and Visual Studies – School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)


Miss P's Barbecue

A street food business that specializes in selling barbecued meats typical of Southern USA.

- Gianluca Ivaldi (BSc Actuarial Science and Mathematics – School of Mathematics)



An exciting new business venture focusing on Fairtrade cotton with unique, bold and eye-catching prints, suited for the new and emerging urban brand culture the UK has embraced.

- Naomi Wilde (BSc Fashion and Textile Retailing – School of Materials


Social category


Plan-It Earth

A fresh, vibrant and trustworthy source of information aimed at backpackers. It enhances the personal experiences of its users and enables the booking of trips in a simple, cost-effective way that accommodates individual wants and needs.

- Katy Richardson (BA Drama and English Literature – School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)
- Sam Davies (BSc International Management, Finance and Economics – Manchester Business School)
- Vicky Edgerley (BA Drama and English Literature – School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)
- Phoebe Le-Saint (BA English Language – School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)


Aspire Studios

This new enterprise’s vision is to become a nationwide leading concept in dance schools, encouraging sustainability through social enterprise for disadvantaged children, young people and adults whilst still maintaining dance school training to an impeccable standard.

- Christina Rehana Taylor (Master of Enterprise - Manchester Business School)



A sustainable social enterprise providing a second-hand bicycle marketplace for students at The University of Manchester.

- Alastair Gourley (BA Geography – School of Environment and Development)
- Christina Mott (BSc Neuroscience – Faculty of Life Sciences)



A catering service that specialises in producing fresh and healthy dishes using seasonal produce. We train young people aged 16-25 who may have experienced periods of homelessness and unemployment to cook for themselves at home, with the opportunity to apply these skills within 4Lunch.

- Amy Win (BAEcon Economics and Politics – School of Social Sciences)


Technology category



A software platform that connects consumers who want trustworthy car repairs to the UK’s best mobile mechanics.

- Andrew Jervis (Master of Enterprise alumnus – Manchester Business School)
- Felix Kenton (external)



A virtual, location independent cloud firewall and security solution for the modern 21st century company; and renders services to the B2C sector based on the same technological foundation.

- Simon Specka (MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship – Manchester Business School)
- Markus Hänel (external)



The first cost-effective and long lasting self-adhesive antimicrobial film that can be easily adhered to any surface. It provides an active barrier that kills harmful micro-organisms, reducing their ability to transmit disease.

- Cristian Menzel (PhD Chemistry – School of Chemistry)
- Paulina Gatica (external)



A drug delivery system that takes existing drugs and targets them directly and selectively to the placenta, allowing treatment of placental abnormalities with minimal risk to mother or child.

- Anna King (PhD – School of Medicine)
- Natalie Cureton (PhD – Faculty of Life Sciences)


Venture Further competition information >>
Past Venture Further winners and finalists >>


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