Competition encourages graduate innovation

Wednesday 26 June 2013

The School of Arts & Media at the University of Salford has launched a competition for Salford graduates looking for support to develop new businesses, products or technologies.

Run by the newly-created Graduate Innovation Office, an off-campus design and development office supporting graduate intellectual property (IP)-related projects with a digital or creative focus, the competition is open to any former Salford student who has successfully graduated from the University within the last two years.

Entries must demonstrate a clear idea for innovation that meets a problem or need and be related to the digital or creative industries. Successful applicants will take part in an eight-month programme to help bring their idea to launch, including training; one-to-one guidance from specialist professional and academic mentors; access to a dedicated business incubation space at The Landing at MediaCityUK; and a budget for materials and prototyping costs.

Funded by the Intellectual Property Office through its Fast Forward competition, the Graduate Innovation Office competition looks to bridge the gap between great ideas and industry innovation, help promising early career professionals and entrepreneurs to understand industry challenges and context; develop their business and collaborative skills and make the professional connections to take their ideas to market.

Sarie Mairs Slee, Associate Head of School for Engagement, said: "We’re thrilled to launch this competition. The project will support our best and brightest in launching their concepts for innovation, building skills, knowledge and networks to bring their ideas into reality."

The deadline for applications is Friday 12 July at 5.00pm and successful applicants will be announced at a School of Arts and Media Awards ceremony on 18 July 2013. The project will run from September 2013 through March 2014 and will culminate with a series of pitches and presentations to industry.

For guidance and further details of the application process, and to enter the competition, visit the Graduate Innovation Office competition page.

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