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Winners announced for Bright Ideas 2020 student ideas competition

Ten students with bright ideas received prize money to take the first steps in exploring their own business.

Bright Ideas is The University of Manchester’s annual student ideas competition and is open to students from across the whole institution. Hosted by the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre, the competition is for students new to enterprise and entrepreneurship who are interested in learning more about spotting opportunities and generating new ideas, with the opportunity to win a cash prize to help take their idea forward.

From the many entries received, twenty finalists were selected from across all three faculties at the University to showcase their idea through a poster presentation and discussion with the judging panel during an online event.

Ten winners were chosen and announced by Lynn Sheppard, Director of the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre in a live-streamed celebratory event on Thursday, 10 December. The evening also featured Erin McDermott, Enterprise student and winner of Venture Further 2019 who shared with the audience her top tips for developing a successful business idea.

Prizes of £200 were awarded to:

Rachel Cox (School of Social Sciences)
‘Littlest Yogi’: setting up as a self-employed Yoga teacher as an ally and advocate for more accessible Yoga teaching.

Caroline Charlton (Alliance Manchester Business School)
To create an integrated value chain ecosystem for environmentally sustainable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Edgar Davila (Alliance Manchester Business School)
Travel Agent in your pocket: an app for all aspects of holiday and travel planning.

Maria-Madalina Ifrim (Student Intern)
RebrandMe : an agency for students to gain real-world marketing experience by helping charities, projects and local businesses.

Aashi Khemka (Alliance Manchester Business School)
Open Box: an app for ordering a customised box of items for special occasions and celebrations.

Ida Latifa (Alliance Manchester Business School)
Match The Artists: matchmaker platform developing connections and collaborations between visual artists and musicians.

Rohan Ali Mirza (Alliance Manchester Business School) 
A productivity and learning platform for children.

Rose Mary Nakame (School of Health Sciences)
AFRiwaste: a marketplace for waste holders and waste collecting companies to interact, improve waste collection services.

Rossana Padget (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)
Hulme Cooks: Community Kitchen and Cooking School.

Enrique Gaya Picon (Alliance Manchester Business School)
FLEXICE: a platform to bring together companies with empty office spaces and flexible SMEs and freelancers to utilise these spaces.

View all of the winning posters >>

If you have an idea for a business and would like to learn more about enterprise and entrepreneurship, please contact the enterprise team at