Innovate Manchester

Innovate Manchester is a series of focused-led innovation workshops, designed to find fresh ideas and tangible solutions to innovation challenges faced by businesses and society today.

The sessions, curated by MIDAS and the GC Business Growth Hub Innovation team, facilitated collaborations between large organisations, SMEs and academics within Greater Manchester. 

Through a series of workshops delivered by Elevate GM, partners came together with exciting and unique ideas to tackle topics such as decarbonisation, delivery, training and job creation.   


“Upon proposing the challenge to Mindtrace they got a grasp of exactly what we were after, very quickly. When it comes to working with SMEs in such a way it's fantastic because you get a level of agility that you don't necessarily get with a larger corporate"
— Chris Lee, Head of Product, musicMagpie

Project case studies

“It was invaluable to have the time to be able to prove yourself, to be able to bring your experience, your knowledge and demonstrate that you have what it takes to build something that’s valuable for a company like Accenture.’
— Kirsty Devlin, Consultant, Mouflon Solutions

Following participation in the Innovate Manchester programme businesses became part of a game-changing innovation journey, made possible by big ideas and the flexibility of some of Greater Manchester's largest and most successful companies and the ambition and capabilities of SMEs. 

High value commercial opportunities and successful connections have been formed that will enable innovation to accelerate faster and better than ever. 



“I definitely don’t think this would’ve happened without the Innovate Manchester programme. It really helps to get the right people in the room and frame the conversation so that you get straight to the point”
— Sophie Walker, CEO and co-founder of Dsposal

The Innovate Manchester programme was previously funded by ERDF. To find out more about our previous ERDF funded offer click here. 



Innovate Manchester - Syngenta Challenge

Innovate Manchester: Syngenta Challenge Innovate Manchester is designed to find fresh ideas and tangible solutions to challenges faced by local businesses. The new 2022 programme will consist of four…

MIDAS in partnership with GC Business Growth Hub was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2021, as part of a portfolio of ERDF-funded programmes designed to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester. Eligibility criteria was applied. The 2014-2021 ERDF fund was allocated by the European Union that finances convergence, regional competitiveness and employment and territorial co-operation. 

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government was the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which was one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information, visit European Regional Development Fund: Documents and Guidance - GOV.UK (

Key Sectors

Manchester's breadth and depth of expertise enables cross-industry opportunities for collaboration and a world-class offer for the international investor.

View All

Net zero

Manchester offers access to world-leading research facilities, state-of-the-art…