Bright Ideas Competition

Win a prize of £200 for your bright business idea.

Bright Ideas is Masood Entrepreneurship Centre’s annual student ideas competition where you have the opportunity to get your hands on a prize to help take your idea forward. If you have an idea for a new business, a social project, the application of technology, or something completely different - we want to know about it.

At the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre, we believe that anyone can have a bright idea, and that bright ideas can come from anywhere, regardless of background. If you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student here at The University of Manchester and have an idea – no matter how big or small - then you could get your hands on a £200 prize!

Last year we received a high number of entries covering all sorts of topics, from addressing the challenges associated with waste collection in developing countries, to developing a platform for encouraging collaboration between artists and musicians and community educational projects.

The idea you enter is limited only by your imagination.

Bright Ideas, Better World.

This year’s competition will celebrate the University's position leading the world on sustainable development. The quality and scale of our impact against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings in 2021. As well as our usual awards there will be additional prizes for the most enterprising approach to supporting sustainable development here at Manchester.

The 17 UN SDGs are the world’s call to action on the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing humanity and the natural world. Just show us how your Bright Idea can help. Simply consider the 17 SDGs described in the link below and choose 1 or 2 which your enterprising Bright Idea would contribute to most and in your entry describe how it does this.

How The University of Manchester is supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (shorthandstories.com)

  • You may have an idea for a digital platform for improving student mental health provision that would support Goal 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing and Goal 4 Quality Education.
  • An idea for using smart materials in new buildings that would support Goal 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.
  • An idea for re-using children’s clothes through a rental subscription model supporting Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

How to enter

  1. Read the Bright Ideas terms and conditions in full.
  2. Complete the online application form by Thursday 28 October 2021 which includes a 500 word summary of your idea (it might be easier if you type this on Word and then copy and paste into the online form).
  3. If shortlisted (you’ll find out by Tuesday 2 November), you’ll be invited to submit a poster giving a visual overview of your idea to present and discuss with an expert panel.
  4. Keep an eye on your emails! Ten students selected by our judges will each win a £200 prize.