The Manchester Innovation Forum, a collaboration between the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce which aims to provide a venue for research-led engagement with the city-region business community, has been officially launched.
Dr Andrew James, Director (Engagement) at MIoIR, said there was a hugely positive response from the businesses present at the launch event at the Chamber’s new offices in central Manchester.
“There is a real desire from the Chamber to broaden and deepen engagement through the Forum. Indeed, discussions at the Forum and during the reception afterwards have led to a number of enquiries from businesses seeking to engage with the Institute, Business School and wider University.”
Some 20 businesses from a range of sectors including manufacturing, software, design, media and consultancy, as well several social enterprises and cultural organisations, attended the event. Speakers included the Chamber’s Chief Executive Clive Memmott; Dr James; Neil Mallone, from Queens Award for Innovation winning company Heat Trace; David Curtis from software company Wakelet; and Professor Phil Withers, Professor of Materials Science, University of Manchester. The Forum was chaired by Professor Jakob Edler, Director of MIoIR.
This was the first of three meetings of the Manchester Innovation Forum this year, with the next event planned for late May/early June.