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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 2020 is closed for entries

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!

View the 2021 winners' posters >>

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

  1. Read the Bright Ideas terms and conditions in full.
  2. Complete the online application form by Sunday 1 November. This includes a 500 word summary of your idea - it might be easier if you type this in Word and then copy and paste onto the form.
  3. If shortlisted you’ll find out by Tuesday 3 November 2020. You’ll then be invited to submit a poster giving a visual overview of your idea.
  4. Keep an eye on your emails! 10 students will win a £200 cash prize.
Venture Out winners 2019 testimonial

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

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Winners announced for Venture Out 2019 student ideas competition