Manchester Business School (MBS) and The University of Manchester have been recognised at the recent Unltd SEEChange National Conference and Awards 2015.
Dr Martin Henery, an enterprise academic lecturer from MBS’ Manchester Enterprise Centre was a runner up in the Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year category, while MBS graduate Amy Win was named a runner up in the Social Entrepreneur of the Year category for her project 4Lunch.
Amy is a previous winner of the Venture Further competition, run annually by the Manchester Enterprise Centre to support students who want to start a business.
The recognition for Manchester Business School was among a number of accolades for the University of Manchester overall, including the Social Enterprise Team at The University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP)and Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC).
Not only did the University retain the prestigious Higher Education Institute of the Year Award for Supporting SocialEntrepreneurship but many of its social enterprises and key projects also won awards.
Shon Lewis and Charlie Stockton’s Clintouch, a new technology which supports people with pyschosis won the Outstanding Innovation Award. Edwin Broni-Mensah, who graduated just under 5 years ago and was one of the first student winners of an UnLtd development award and a Venture Further finalist in 2010, was a runner-up in this category.
Ruth Daniel won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for her work with In Place Of War, an award-winning initiative which helps to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and demonstrate the value of the arts to public space, public life and public debate.
Adam Garrow won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Jolly Wheezers and Dr Laura Etchells from UMIP was a runner up alongside Martin in the Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year category.
James Thompson, Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility at the University commented:
“Social entrepreneurship is at the heart of our University culture and infrastructure and these successes are a great demonstration of that commitment to enterprise, research with social impact and social responsibility. This is a well-deserved show of recognition for the work of MEC, UMIP and all of the staff and student winners and runners-up.”