We provide an array of different events for our members, trying to combine both educational and competition-style features across the year. If you want to be inspired, network with like-minded individuals, or just improve your enterprise skills then you’ll surely find ME events useful.


Educational Talks & Workshops

Competitions & Challenges

Workshop series

Throughout the year we get guest speakers from successful companies and local startup scene to speak to students and give entrepreneurial advice. Topics and talks cover everything from lean thinking to app development. Some of the companies that have presented at ME – EasyJet, The Big Issue, ShinDigger Brewing Co, Wakelet, Techstars, Telcom, Prime, SpaceportX, TeamFirst, Social Chain and many more.


For entrepreneurs who are serious about developing their business ideas, starting real-world projects and taking their businesses to the next level we have prepared this exclusive scheme. The purpose is to provide individual guidance and support to members that are actively working on their idea. Applications will open in October.

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What Next? Conference

Our annual What Next? Conference has become one of the largest student conferences in the UK. Entrepreneurs from a variety of industries come together in Manchester’s Comedy Store to discuss what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur today. The conference aims to inspire students to purse alternative graduate paths after university. We aim cover a whole range of themes so that students from any degree can benefit from this one day event. The programme offers a combination of interactive talks, intensive workshops and networking sessions. We make sure you stay in a good mood by providing you with a tasty lunch and refreshments & nibbles throughout the day.

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Manchester Apprentice

Each year we run an apprentice competition aimed at students to help them develop skills, meet like minded people and win cash! Students are set tasks based on the hit BBC Apprentice series – testing sales, marketing, pitching and negotiation skills over the course of a few days. We invite external judges who grill the participants to squeeze the maximum out of them and make them well prepared for the real-world business negotiations and situations.

12 Challenges of Christmas

A one day event that takes place across the city centre during December to challenge a range of students’ enterprise skills. 12 ‘impossible’ tasks are set and participants compete to get the tasks completed throughout the day. It is a fun competition and any profit from the challenges is donated to a charity. For the last two years this event has been kindly sponsored by PwC, who also send us a judge to assess the performance of the participating teams and pick the winner!

Accelerate ME

A pre-investment micro accelerator for Manchester Entrepreneurs members to foster, accelerate and promote the very best student businesses produced at Universities in Manchester. Accelerate ME is the vital link between Manchester’s entrepreneurial students and the start-up scene within the city and beyond. The teams receive an equity-free funding, weekly mentoring, office space at Manchester Science Partnerships, legal & accountancy services and much more.

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We also run numerous events in collaboration with our partners

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