Be inspired to Kickstart ideas and make a difference


During the last academic year interest in engaging in entrepreneurial support from the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre has soared with record numbers attending online events, workshops and 1-2-1 sessions despite the challenges and uncertainty all around.

The entrepreneurial skills developed during these sessions builds a greater understanding of how to approach problem solving, encourages innovative thinking and develops networking skills, all key to future career paths whether that be developing a start-up business or being entrepreneurial in a company.

The Nick Sanders Kickstarter Fund offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to explore an early stage start-up business idea. Since 2019 we have connected over 55 innovators with in excess of £55,000 of early stage funding to develop their ideas by validating and testing their assumptions of the market. This is complemented by a package of further support from the MEC team to move the ideas forward.

University of Manchester alumnus Nick Sanders, keen to support the next generation of entrepreneurs, spent his early career in the aerospace industry and now manages a portfolio of private businesses and advises Private Equity firms on new or existing investments. Nick actively engages with the early stage entrepreneurs funded through this opportunity to offer advice and support their development.

Early stage funding not only inspires entrepreneurs from across the University to test and explore their ideas but also builds their confidence and self-belief that they can make a difference and solve a real problem.
Dr Laura Etchells, Enterprise Business Development Manager, Masood Entrepreneurship Centre

The Kickstarter funding opportunity is open on a rolling monthly basis so apply now or contact entrepreneurship@manchester.ac.uk for further information.

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