Partners

UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. UnLtd resources hundreds of individuals each year through its core Awards programme. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from Awards of funding, to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.

HEFCE distributes public money for higher education to universities and colleges in England, and ensures that this money is used to deliver the greatest benefit to students and the wider public.

Manchester Enterprise Centre gives enterprising students access to:
• Enterprise competitions
• Informative enterprise events
• Social enterprise information
• Student enterprise societiesAs part of their Venture Further student enterprise ideas competition, Manchester Enterprise Centre will be running Venture Further Social. This competition aims to discover businesses that improve the lives of people and communities. There are 2 prizes available of £10,000, and £2,500 to go towards developing your business.


Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.

Novomodo Ltd is proud to support members of staff from the University of Manchester who wish to turn their ideas, intellectual property and research impact cases to the next level through social entrepreneurship. Novomodo has developed the ‘Social Enterprise Brief Case’ (SEBC) comprising introductory and advanced courses to assist the process of thinking about, starting, and growing social enterprises within a University environment. With the assistance and support of UMI3 the SEBC courses run regularly throughout the year for all members of staff, staff can then access other funding support available at Manchester, such as UnLtd’s TRY IT and Do IT awards to develop their ideas still further.

KPMG run an enterprise club to support growing enterprise. This is a free business mentoring support service and KPMG run bi-annual business planning sessions with UMIP for social enterprise award winners. Businesses receive a minimum of 4 quarterly meetings with a passionate business mentor.

Gill Green is the Social Enterprise Ambassador for The University of Manchester. She has also successfully started up her own Social Enterprise STORM. Gill sits in a fantastic position to aid and guide the next wave of social entrepreneurs by sharing her experiences and tips for succeeding in social enterprise.

This is the North-West UK regional chapter of TiE, the world’s largest entrepreneur’s network. This network has tens of thousands of members, in 60 chapters spread across 18 nations, and since 1992 their mentoring programme has added over US$200 billion of net-economic-wealth to organisations around the world. Founders Dock is their flagship state-of-the-art incubator, right in the heart of Manchester city-centre where they mentor and develop the next generation of entrepreneurial success stories.