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Venture Out student ideas competition

Now into its 15th year, Venture Out is Masood Enterprise Centre’s annual student ideas competition. If you have an idea for a new business, a social project, the application of technology, or something completely different - we want to know about it.

If you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student here at The University of Manchester and have an idea, then you could get your hands on one of 15 cash prizes! With five categories in total – Business, Creative, Environmental, Social, and Technology – the ideas you enter are limited only by your imagination.

Venture Out is supported by A2E Industries

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Cash prizes in each category


First prize


Second prize


Third prize

How to enter

The entry process is really simple:

  1. Take a look at the 5 categories listed below and see where your idea fits best. If you’re still a little unsure, have a read about last year’s winners
  2. Complete this short form, outlining your idea in no more than 500 words. You may find it useful to write up your idea in a word document first, and then copy and paste into the online form.
  3. Pencil the evening of Tuesday, 3 December into your diaries; winners will be announced at the Masood Enterprise Centre.

All entries will automatically be entered into a draw to win 1 of 20 x £20 Amazon vouchers.

If you have any queries please read our frequently asked questions or contact

Competition categories

Ideas that have commercial potential via new products or services (but wouldn’t primarily fall within one of the other 4 categories).

Ideas that focus on the creative arts industry; turning imaginative designs or concepts into reality.

Ideas that that support the protection and improvement of the environment.

Ideas that improve the lives and social wellbeing of people and communities.

Ideas that focus on the application of new and emerging technologies to provide potentially radical and disruptive solutions to real-world problems.

Venture Out 2018 winners

The 2018 winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the University in December.

Read more:


Venture Out 2018 ideas competition winners revealed