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Venture Out student ideas competition

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.

Venture Out 2020 will open for entries in September 2020.

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

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 winners 2019 testimonial

The 2019 winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the University in December.

Read more:

Winners announced for Venture Out 2019 student ideas competition