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Mi-IDEA Digital Health start-up event

digital health start upLast year Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) announced their Joint Venture with Cisco to create the new Mi-IDEA Innovation Centre on their Central Campus – designed to accelerate the growth of the digital sector in the North of England.

Mi-IDEA provides the ideal supportive environment and tailored services for early-stage technology companies (working within Smart Cities, IoT, Digital Health and Digital Creative) to rapidly scale.

If you are an innovative Digital Health start-up looking for the right partners and support services to take your business to the next level, then join MSP for their next event at Citylabs 1.0 on the 1st of March.

What can you expect from the event?

Find out how Mi-IDEA can help your start-up evolve into a thriving businesses.

The event will talk about our unique Post Accelerator programme and partner ecosystem, including exclusive access to the University of Manchester’s Connected Health Cities programme, https://www.connectedhealthcities.org/ which uses new intelligence sources to transform the delivery of health and social care services.

Professor John Ainsworth (Director of Connected Health Cities) will be explaining how Mi-IDEA will support start-ups to develop, test and validate their products and services using real world health data. He will also explain how resident companies can access to domain specific data analytics capabilities as well as expert advice on the design and development of their services from MSP’s university and clinical partners.

Alongside John Ainsworth, you will also have the chance to hear from MSP start-ups who have successfully developed their businesses through these vital partnerships, and Cisco UKI Business Development Manager, Matt Cooling, who will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the centre.


18:00 – Drinks, canapes and networking

19:00 – Introduction to Mi-IDEA with Matt Cooling

19:10 – Connected Health Cities with Professor John Ainsworth

19:30 – Start up insights

19:50 – Q&A

20:15 – Networking

21:00 – Close

About Mi-IDEA

After the amazing success of its London centre, Cisco has partnered with Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) to create Mi-IDEA, a post-accelerator designed to foster and nurture digital innovation in the North of England. The centre is focussed on four key areas:

  • Digital Health
  • Digital Creative
  • Smart Cities
  • Internet of things

Located in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District, Mi-IDEA will offer a targeted growth programme for start-ups, focused on providing an empowering environment and fostering long term partnerships, where businesses can grow in confidence and capability as they scale up from promising technology to sustainable business.

With collaboration at its core, Mi-IDEA will be a digital living lab, showcasing the very latest in collaboration technologies alongside the innovations of the companies in residence, providing an inspiring environment to spark innovation and a place where public, academic and private sectors can immerse themselves in the power of the possible and work together to transform their industries.

Book tickets here.

The Children’s Global Media Summit

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Monumental Partnerships will be struck at the Children’s Global Media Summit, on your doorstep in December 2017 – are you ready for it?  Here’s your opportunity to get involved.

Culture, Media and Sport play a huge role in the diversity and strength of industry here in the North.  Achievements in the Science and Technology sector within Manchester itself include breakthrough moments in transportation, power, textiles, communications and computing.

The digital revolution has changed Children’s Media forever. The sheer amount of content, platforms and ideas which are flooding the market have turned this hugely influential and lucrative sector on its head.

The Children’s Global Media Summit 2017 is set to be one of the most important gatherings of the Children’s Media sector in recent years. It aims to bring together content producers, technology providers and platforms to shape the future direction for Children’s Media in a digital age.

Children’s Media events have attracted a diverse mix of sponsors, supporters and partners over the years, including BBC, Disney, TechCity, YouTube, UK Trade & Industry, Digital Media Research, Boomerang, Viacom, Technicolor, BAFTA and many more technology, animation, media, creative and production agencies.  Here’s your opportunity to align your organisation with the exemplars of industry.

Please follow this link to review the sponsorship and exhibition prospectus.

You are among the first wave of prospective partners to have been presented with the brochure however, these opportunities are creating a buzz across industry so please do give us a call should you wish to check availability of a featured package.

If you would like to discuss a partner opportunity featured in the prospectus or have bespoke branding and exposure ideas of your own, we will be happy to hear from you:

Email Amanda Nevitt UK Partnership Manager, Conference Partners or call +44 (0) 161 209 3353 for more information.

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MAN Diesel’s Wayne Jones Awarded OBE for Services to the North West

Manchester-born Wayne Jones has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list following his work at the MAN Diesel and Turbo Training Academy in Hazel Grove.

Wayne, who is now an Executive Board Member of MAN Diesel and Turbo SE, admitted it was a “surprise” to find out he had been awarded an OBE.

He received the award for services to the North West and supporting young people into apprenticeships at the MAN Diesel Training Academy in Hazel Grove.

“It was a complete surprise; the first I knew was when I received a letter in October. Nick Clegg visited our Hazel Grove site in 2014 and was keen to learn about apprenticeships and our Training Academy, so maybe he had something to do with it.”

“Around 500 people aged 12-19 have been through our Academy, ranging from a few hours learning about CVs and interview techniques to a two-week work experience programme.”

MAN Diesel and Turbo is the world market leader for large diesel engines for use in ships and power stations. The company took on 10 apprentices in 2015 and Wayne believe they have an important role to play.

“Young people are hugely important to the future of engineering but it is proving difficult to attract them to our industry.

“Many people are unaware that there is a strong growth in engineering and manufacturing, especially in the North West, but if we are not able to develop the engineers of tomorrow, there will be a huge skills shortage,” he added.

Wayne, who is also the President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, became the first Briton to be appointed to the Board of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, the oldest industrial company in Germany.

“Far too many go straight to University and don’t consider an apprenticeship and, like many other sectors, we have a great imbalance.

“There are great and varied opportunities in engineering for a rewarding career and we need young minds to drive and influence the future,” said Wayne.

Wayne will be invited to London to receive his OBE before the summer.

Business Angels Invest £2.8m in North West Enterprises

804Over the last 12 months, around £2.8 million has been ploughed into 19 North West businesses through the Business Growth Hub’s North West Business Angels.

Forming part of the Manchester Growth Company, The Business Growth Hub uses the programme to find angel investors for the region’s promising small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

In 2014, the organisation helped 74 companies through the pitching process, with 19 of these companies going on to secure investment.

Philip Hargreaves, the Business Growth Hub’s access to finance manager, said: “The success of the North West Business Angel network highlights the appetite for a variety of finance options from firms here in Greater Manchester and the wider North West.

“Our programme gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to investors, in addition to providing them with detailed business planning and financial modelling to prepare them for investment.“

He added: “An angel backer provides a company with a real opportunity to learn from an experienced businessperson, opening up new avenues and contacts, as well as securing the capital required to grow.“

North West property developer 10ACIA was one firm to receive backing from the NWBA in 2015. The firm, which operates across Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, received a £500k boost that allowed it to deliver new projects.

Founder of 10ACIA, David Price said; “The NWBA and Business Growth Hub have played a pivotal role in pushing my business forward.

“They laid out a very simple path in front of us, allowing us to fund a number of projects simultaneously. They have already set the business up for a period of sustainable growth.”

The firm is now looking to secure further angel investment to allow it to sign on new contracts.

The NWBA network is made up of over 300 individuals seeking to invest in North West SMEs, providing anything between £10,000 and £500k to support business growth in the region.

Kieran Quinn, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s head of investment strategy and finance, said: “It’s great to see the growth of small to medium enterprises as a result of working alongside the business angels and I look forward to seeing many more success stories in the future.“

MIDAS at unBound

On Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, Manchester Growth Company will be attending unBound in London, one of the UK’s most exciting innovation festivals. MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s inward investment agency, Business Growth Hub and Business Finance Solutions will be joined by a selection of Manchester’s exciting fast-growth companies and start-ups. The delegation will be attending the event to promote Manchester as a thriving business destination for companies to grow.

Themed around open innovation and the future of digital, the two day festival connects brands and global corporations. This is the place where entrepreneurs, influencers and corporate leaders meet.

Manchester will have a presence in the Start-up Bazaar and the start-up and growth companies will showcase their innovative ideas during Manchester pitching session taking place on the workshops stage at 11am on Tuesday 1st December.

Included in the delegation:

AppLearn –  an on-demand application learning tool, which has become a ‘reach and teach’ solution to provide a blended learning approach to users, embedded directly into businesses’ HR talent tools.

Bearded Fellows – a creative studio for animation and video production. Bearded Fellows work with existing companies to deliver content for their target audience, as well as advising companies on their content strategy and production.

Bright Future – is a large scale software development house which creates bespoke software for various organisations. It employs and develops young talent straight from school, and trains them in coding and all aspects of digital media.

eLucid mHealth – a med-tech company which builds propriety medication adherence solutions. eLucid’s electronic bottle technology can be applied in healthcare markets estimated to be worth $290 billion.They have developed wireless devices: the electronic bottle and the electronic Clip. The technology allows the tracking of each single tablet in real time to deliver improved adherence to patients.

Gnatta  – A Tech North Northern Star winner, Gnatta allows businesses of all sizes to listen and engage with their customers on an individual basis via one single interface.

Peak  – A Tech North Northern Star winner, Peak is a data analytics and intelligence company with a simple mission; to give their clients competitive edge using data and analytics.

WebVM – a specialist online video marketing agency working across b2b, b2c and business 2 employee marketing communications. They create high quality business video content, and then distribute it on behalf of clients to target audiences, with advanced tracking and reporting.

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