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SALC MA student awarded second prize in Venture Further business competition

16 May 2017

A SALC MA student has received second prize in the prestigious Venture Further competition, for founding a social enterprise designed to support and celebrate the LGBT+ community.

Kath Pierce, founder of Somewhere MCR CIC
Kath Pierce, founder of Somewhere MCR CIC

Kath Pierce, who is studying for an MA in Arts and Cultural Management, won recognition for her Somewhere MCR Community Interest Company (CIC), a new dynamic social enterprise that creates and delivers value as a new arts-based LGBT+ arts, culture, heritage and learning hub. Kath’s prize will enable her to grow her company through additional money and mentoring.

“Being runner up in Venture Further (social category) is such wonderful news for Somewhere and will help us make the most of our first LGBT+ arts projects and give us a boost with getting the word out there," said Kath. "It's also vital for us to engage students in all our work, so we're extra pleased that we have this extra connection and legacy with the University."

Venture Further is run by the Manchester Enterprise Centre, the focal point for student enterprise and entrepreneurship learning across the University. Students from all disciplines have the opportunity to enter the business, digital, research and social categories, and compete for prize money totalling £50,000. Now in its 12th year, the competition recognises the creativity and innovation found throughout the student and postgraduate community at the University. Entering the competition can help students to enhance their CV and help their future employment option.

This year, there were 16 finalists selected from a total of 73 entries. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony and dinner held at the University’s Whitworth Hall and attended by members of the North West business community. A keynote was delivered by Dale Murray CBE on her distinguished career as an entrepreneur and angel investor.

Students from across SALC have been successful in reaching the competition finals in previous years too:

  • Insta-Lingua is an app for smartphones developed by Agathe Montre (BA Modern Language and Business and Management). The app, shortlisted in 2016, presents an alternative and unique approach to language learning by offering convenience, flexibility and entertainment to its users. Non-native speakers can meet and practice speaking foreign languages with native speakers, thus facilitating language learning.
  • Jennifer Ho (MA History) was among the Perfocal Team who were shortlisted in 2015. Perfocal connects photographers and clients directly, providing an ‘all-in-one” platform to manage and display portfolios, receive bookings and deliver photographs digitally.

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