Manchester Metropolitan University

Young Enterprise

Teams of final year business students launch their start-up companies.

Final year undergraduate students studying at the Business School have launched their own companies as part of the Young Enterprise unit.

The unit develops business acumen through real-life experience and encourages entrepreneurship by challenging business students to develop, brand and market a real company. Team members take on leadership roles within their own companies such as Managing Director, Finance Director, Marketing Director and HR Director.

Expert support and advice

Sixteen teams met with a number of business advisors who judged their trade stands through ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentations and offered critical feedback and advice on their ideas and strategy. The event marks the launch of their companies, which will now actively trade for the next three months.

Each of the teams will benefit from further mentorship from a team of advisors in the business and start up world and a stellar line up of expert guest speakers including Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager at Natwest and Ben Owen, Director of Venture Travel Group and a Business Management graduate. 

Their Young Enterprise journey will culminate in the delivery of a business pitch with the winners going on to compete against other universities in the regional, and possibly national, start-up finals. Manchester Met teams have fared well in previous competitions.

Developing vital business skills

David Taylor
, Principal Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Manchester Met, believes it is integral that modern business degree programmes are imbued with entrepreneurship. Indeed, the University was previously named a Centre of Excellence for entrepreneurial teaching and learning by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs  at the House of Lords.

He said: “Our Young Enterprise unit allows students to come together outside of the lecture theatre and develop the softer skills that will be vital for them to become successful business executives and entrepreneurs who will lead the next generation of companies that drive economic success.”

The unit also forms part of the national Young Enterprise Start Up curriculum enhancement initiative for students studying all disciplines of business and management.

Explore the 2018 Young Enterprise teams below



The Young Enterprise unit is available as a final year option unit on a range of our undergraduate degrees.

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