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Second chance to fund your social enterprise ideas

06 Mar 2017

Deadline for UMIP Social Enterprise Ignition Funding applications is Friday, 24 March

UMIP hopes to ignite a new generation of people interested in pursuing a social business with its Social Enterprise Ignition Funding opportunity, round 2.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 24 March.

Funding of between £500-£2000 is available for University staff, academics and research students to explore their ideas for social enterprises, either looking at the viability of an idea, testing the project on a small scale or developing and road-testing a more advanced project.

  • Are you currently working or studying at The University of Manchester or a recent graduate?
  • Is your idea likely to benefit the public or community, or be an entrepreneurial solution to a societal, healthcare or environmental problem?
  • Do you have the passion to drive your idea forward and set up a project or social business?


Funding from £500 – £2000 is available, for individuals to try out or grow their entrepreneurial ideas. This might mean finding out if your idea is viable, learning more about what is needed to develop the idea by testing the project on a small scale, right through to more robust road-testing of the idea. We also provide one to one support to assist you with your applications and informative workshops for successful applicants.


The funding opportunity is open to all members of staff, academics, research students and recent graduates (graduated within the last 2 years) from The University of Manchester.

More information

To find out more about this funding call, register* your interest by email to:

*Please provide your full contact details, job title or student status and a brief outline of your idea