UMI3 Limited

The University of Manchester has a global reputation for being at the forefront of innovative and enterprising research. UMI3 is the University of Manchester's innovation company (standing for inspire, invent, innovate).

It has two operational divisions:

1. The Innovation Centre (UMIC) - a state-of-the-art incubator and conferencing centre providing vibrant and supportive surroundings for tennants and visitors alike. The Innovation Centre is an innovative and entrepreneurial environment for start-ups, tenants and SME's with a mixed portfolio of high specification laboratories and office space suitable for a variety of purposes. UMIC's contacts and resources are also available to start-ups and SMEs. UMIC recognises the importance of having established relationships and links with other agencies providing business support right rhough from initial investment to floating on AIM.

IQuBit is UMI3's new accelerator supporting a new generation of software, social networking and digital ventures. IQuBit supports ideas created by researchers, students or recent alumni connected to The University of Manchester offering the following services free to qualifying entrepreneurs and founders:

  • Well equipped communal facilities
  • An experienced Advisory Panel of funders and tech entrepreneur
  • Commercial mentoring
  • Assistance attracting private cpaital, grants and other resources
  • Intellectual Property advice
  • Support services
  • Regular workshops/seminars and events
  • Connections to the wider Manchester, regional and global tech community.
  • Co-operation with other like minded businesses to promote collaborative knowledge exchange

2. UMIP provides intellectual property commercialisation services and also runs a Social Enterprise Competition offering prize money and a series of mentoring opportunities, business development sessions and further funding opportunities for winners.

UMi3 works with 5-10 SMEs each year, the programme length is flexible and entrepreneurs will receive access to investors/pitching events, university technology transfer and newsletter.

Additional Information

Investor Type Incubators and Accelerators
Does this organisation invest or provide business funding? Yes
Investment Stage Start-Up, Early Stage VC
Investment Opportunities Yes
Regions Covered North West
Sectors Considered Advertising and Publishing, Aerospace and Defence, Automobile and Transport, Business Products and Services, Clean Tech and Eco Innovation, Computing and Electronics, Consumer and e-commerce, Consumer Technology, Creative Arts and Entertainment, Digital Media and Content, Fashion and Design, Fin Tech, Financial and Professional Services, Food and Drink, Healthcare, Med Tech and Digital Health, Internet of Things, Life Sciences, Logistics and Distribution, Materials and Manufacturing, Mobile and Telecoms, Renewables and Energy, Retail, Social Impact

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