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Donor-funded student wins prestigious enterprise award

4 May 2017

Salman Malik
Dr Salman Malik, prize winner of a Venture Further award.

Donor-funded Master’s of Enterprise scholar, Dr Salman Malik, won a prestigious Venture Further award last night (Wednesday 3 May 2017).

Venture Further is a competition run by the Manchester Enterprise Centre at the Alliance Manchester Business School, and is supported by Waters Corporation, Manchester Science Partnerships and Jacobs. The competition offers prizes in four different categories; business, social, digital and research, to business start-up proposals from Manchester students and recent alumni.

There is a first and second prize available in each category. Salman, along with his business partner Dr Muftau Akanbi, successfully beat off some impressive competition to win the first prize of £10,000 in the research category.

During the ceremony, Salman impressed the judging panel, which included a number of Manchester alumni, with a short presentation about his start-up, MicroSpray Technologies.

MicroSpray Technologies aims to revolutionise particle manufacturing using an innovative spray technology. The spray system they have developed is considered the ‘holy grail’ of manufacturing using aerosol generation methods.

The technology can be used in a number of applications, such as pharmaceutical drug delivery, allowing drugs to be administered less frequently than with current technologies, saving clinicians’ time, and the health service money.

Salman has had success with his company before, winning an Inspire Launch Grow award from the University of Edinburgh last year.

Along with the prize money from the Venture Further award, Salman and his team will also receive expert mentoring and networking opportunities.

Previous Venture Further prize winners include the craft beer company Shindigger, who won the royal seal of approval earlier this week.