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Get your ideas off to a Flying Start in 2020

A New Year brings new inspiration and here at the Masood Enterprise Centre (MEC), based within the Alliance Manchester Business School, we can help you get your innovative business ideas off to a Flying Start in 2020.

  • Do you have an innovative business idea?
  • Are you a member of staff at The University of Manchester?
  • Apply today for a Flying Starter Award of up to £2,000 to test its viability


Available every month until the end of the current academic year, 31 July 2020.

Funding from £500 – £2000 is available for staff to test their entrepreneurial idea, find out if the idea is viable, learn more about what is needed to progress the idea and even create a prototype product.

We also provide one to one support to assist you with your application form.

For successful award winners, we will provide informative workshops to hone your business cases together with a range of mentoring opportunities to ensure your enterprises continue to flourish.


This funding opportunity is open to University of Manchester staff only.

Apply now

To obtain an application form, please email using the subject line: Flying Starter Award

Please note that our Kickstarter Fund is open to applications for students and graduates with entrepreneurial ideas.