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UMI NEWS 3 UMI3 The University of Manchester Innovation Group Issue 1, Dec 2012 WELCOME TO THE FIRST ISSUE OF UMI3 NEWS… Through our bi-annual newsletter we will keep you informed of the most recent activities of our Intellectual Property commercialisation division (UMIP) and our Innovation Centre (UMIC). We have selected a number of interesting articles ranging from our regular UMIP Premier Fund (UPF) update, to the latest developments of University innovations as well as news of events and new initiatives taking place within our Innovation Centre. I hope you enjoy this issue and encourage you to explore the possibilities of working with us – whether you are an academic with a discovery, a company looking for an innovative solution or an entrepreneur looking to invest in the results of world-leading research. Clive Rowland, CEO UMI3 UMI3 ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM Since its launch 12 months ago, our Entrepreneurship Forum has gone from strength to strength encompassing initiatives such as: > Social Enterprise > Open Innovation > Entrepreneur-in-Transit > Digital Accelerator (IQuBIT) Social Enterprise Social enterprise ideas tree Since November, we have been actively seeking entrepreneurial staff, students and recent alumni (graduated within the last 12 months) of the University to enter our Social Enterprise 'Lite' Competition. This builds on the success of the pilot competition run in association with the Faculty of Humanities earlier this year and the subsequent announcement that the University had been chosen to be one of the 56 partner institutions in the HEFCE/UnLtd Higher Education Support Programme. The Social Enterprise 'Lite' Competition which has acted as a soft launch for our main competition (details below) has offered awards of up to £500 to kick start new ideas. By hosting an inspirational workshop to give potential applicants the opportunity to sit in the 'Hot Seat' and outline their ideas we sparked a flurry of interest and stimulated the audience to submit applications. We will shortly be announcing the winners of this competition and will be actively monitoring the progress of these ideas once they start in the New Year. We will also be accompanying this with an active events calendar to assist potential applicants to develop their ideas. Further information regarding submission dates, workshops and events can be found at here From January 2013, our main Social Enterprise Competition will go live giving applicants from across the campus the chance to win up to £5000 to support entrepreneurial solutions to social and environmental problems. UMI3 The University of Manchester Innovation Group www.umi3.com

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