Manchester Metropolitan University

SMART Cheshire Innovation Launchpad  

Getting an idea, no matter how great, from concept to market can be challenging.
And that’s where we can help, by supporting you through the innovation process.

An invention is creating something new that the market has not seen before.
An innovation is taking an existing concept or idea and improving it, typically using a stepwise process of developmental stages. This leads to a commercially viable product, service or process.

Our SMART Cheshire programme is for micro and small to medium-sized businesses in Cheshire and Warrington. And, we’ve helped over 60 small and medium businesses (SMEs) develop their ideas through our innovation process.

The SMART Cheshire Innovation Launchpad is an opportunity to develop your creative idea(s) in a safe environment where you’ll be supported and challenged. You’ll explore what innovation could look like for your business and the market. 

If you successfully complete the programme, you’ll be invited to join our SMART Cheshire Innovation Challenge - though not everyone will make it through.

Are you ready to innovate?

SMART Cheshire is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), so there isn’t a cost to your business for our support. Eligibility rules do apply so please see the details below.

To find out more, please email us at or call us on 0161 247 3871.

Register to reserve a place on the next SMART Cheshire Innovation Launchpad

Dates for the Innovation Launchpad

This programme is currently being reviewed and upcoming dates are yet to be confirmed. Please get in touch to express your interest or find out more. 

SMART Cheshire Innovation Challenge (by invitation only)

After successfully demonstrating that you have what it takes to develop your idea, we’ll invite you to our SMART Cheshire Innovation Challenge.

It’s a series of practical-based workshops and group sessions to help you fine-tune your idea and prepare you for launch at pilot stage as a minimum.

Programme Details


  • Workshop 1 -  Introduction & Innovation Group Session (1 day)
  • Workshop 2 - Ideation & Innovation Group Session (1 day)
  • Workshop 3 - Prototyping (1 day)
  • Workshop 4 - Innovation Group Session (3 hours)
  • Workshop 5 - Hackathon (1 day)
  • Workshop 6 - How to Launch (1 day)

 To find out more please contact us on 0161 247 3871 or via email at


Through the support of the ERDF, the programme is fully funded for eligible companies that:
  • are based in Cheshire (East or West) and Warrington
  • have a minimum of 1 employee, maximum 250 employees (classed as an SME)
  • are registered with Companies House

Case Studies

Read what a number of our alumni have to say about their experience on the SMART Cheshire Innovation Programme, and how it's benefitted them.

Lynda Clarke - Platinum Players Business School

Claire MacLeod - MacLeod Associates

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Contact Details

For more information, please get in touch: 


Project Manager: Tony Ayin at


Centre for Enterprise,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School,
All Saints Campus,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M15 6BH,
United Kingdom



0161 247 3871