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Bright Ideas student ideas competition

Bright Ideas (formerly Venture Out) is Masood Entrepreneurship Centre’s annual student ideas competition where you have the opportunity to get your hands on a cash prize to help take your idea forward. 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.

There are 10 prizes of £200 up for grabs!

Bright Ideas will open for entries on Monday 28 September 2020.

At the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre, we believe that anyone can have a bright idea and those bright ideas can come from anywhere, regardless of background. If you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student here at The University of Manchester and have an idea – no matter how big or small - then you could get your hands on a £200 cash prize!

Last year we received a high number of entries covering all sorts of topics, from addressing the challenges associated with amateur film-making by creating a digital platform using Augmented Reality, to an environmental project aimed to reduce the impact of fast-fashion by rebranding the concept of second-hand garments as something on-trend.
The idea you enter is limited only by your imagination.


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

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