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Winners announced for Venture Out 2019 student ideas competition

Now into its 15th year, Venture Out is The University of Manchester’s annual student ideas competition and is open to students from across the whole institution. Hosted by the Masood Enterprise Centre, the focal point for enterprise and entrepreneurship at the University, students from every faculty competed in the five categories: Business, Creative, Environment, Social and Technology.

Over 120 entries were received and the winners of this year’s competition were announced at a celebration evening on Tuesday, 3 December within Alliance Manchester Business School.

Students were invited to put forward their ideas for a new business, a social project, the application of technology, or something completely different. Winners from each category received a £300 cash prize to help get their idea off the ground.

Business winner: Karen Magdalena Garcia Rodriguez, School of Materials

Tackles the recent increase in depression, stress and many other mental disorders amongst employees.

Creative winners: Paul Dandy, Sabah Afzal, Sam Buist, Leonardo Buter & Dan Norman, Alliance Manchester Business School

Accessories to promote charitable support.

Environmental winners: Camille Corti-Georgiou & Erin McDermott, Alliance Manchester Business School

Recycling rewards scheme to allow users to see their own personal impact on the environment.

Social winners: Denitsa Angelova Zhelyazkova, Alexia Leroy, Owen Jonathan, Ana Oproiu, Sonia Volpicelli, School of Social Sciences

Addressing marginalised women within Manchester cooking up healthy meals.

Technology winner: Dan Norman, Alliance Manchester Business School

Addressing the problems that potential customers face when searching for aviation businesses online.  

The evening closed with the announcement that Venture Further, the University’s annual business start-up competition, is now open for expressions of interest. If you would like to find out more information, please contact

With special thanks to the partner, A2E Industries Ltd, for sponsoring this event.

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