Bright Ideas Student ideas competition now open for entries

The Masood Entrepreneurship Centre’s annual student ideas competition is now open!

Anyone can have a bright idea and bright ideas can come from anywhere. If you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student here at The University of Manchester and have an idea - no matter how big or small - you could win £200 to help move it forward.

Bright Ideas is a competition aimed at students in all three Faculties new to enterprise and entrepreneurship who are interested in learning more about spotting opportunities and generating new ideas.

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 (

  • 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.

Find out more and enter online.

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