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City Football Group – Stadium Experience Challenges

Working in conjunction with the Business Growth Hub, MIDAS (Manchester’s inward investment agency) and the Department for International Trade, Manchester Met are supporting City Football Group to reach out to the start-up/small business community to help solve some key challenges facing the group and the stadium experience.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to City Football Academy for Start-up week (w/c 24th June 2019), where they will work side by side with key representatives from City Football Group’s Leadership Team to develop a minimum viable product of their solution – which if selected, could be tested with a funded pilot at one (or more) of CFG’s clubs. Applicants will also have the opportunity to network with CFG staff and other start-ups, will receive guidance and entrepreneurial advice on their project as well as accommodation, healthy food and some surprise training with top coaches at the CFA campus.

 Ideally, we’d be looking to pair up academic expertise to support the start-up with their proposed project (but it’s not essential). If you know of any start-ups who might be interested in the challenge areas below, or other academic colleagues who might have an interest and/or links to start-ups, please do send on this link to them and encourage them to apply!

Closing date for applications is 31st March.

 Challenge areas:

How we might reduce waste, improve energy efficiencies and reduce our carbon footprint?

How we can make matchday quicker and easier by removing queues and improving access to services. We are looking for parking solutions, quick serving staff, stadium entry, security and bag checks and improved way finding.

How we might leverage home advantage and engage the crowd even more in the action, creating a visual spectacle, optimize acoustics, create viral moments and connect fans with fans inside and outside the stadium

How we could create a smart environment that enables us to provide each fan with an individual experience, know who is in the crowd, learn fan behaviours to anticipate their needs.

We want all our supporters to feel part of a family that isn’t constrained by physical location or time, enable networking and connect world-wide fans with each other, Gamify Fan Engagement, Empower fans and create immersive and personalized content (broadcasting / TV/ VR/ AR).



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Today’s Tenders

Take a look at this Tender opportunity for funding in Knowledge Exchange activities. Please pass these on to any colleagues you feel may also be interested. For more information on any opportunity listed, please contact

UK-London: British Council Culture & Sports Programmes

The British Council arelooking to implement a vast Culture & Sports programme in all GCC countries which will include an array of activities such as art exhibitions, smartphone film festivals, and women in sports journalism. We are seeking to communicate a selection of these programmes over the course of 2017-18 in a way that engages 15-25 year olds on digital platforms and that positions us as contributing to the government visions in the Gulf through high impact PR opportunities. We are looking for an agency that can come up with compelling campaign concepts that cut through the noise and effectively implement these working in partnership with the British Council and its country teams. The suppliers with a proposal of above 70,000 thousand GBP will regrettably not be considered for the tender.

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Systems Engineer – KTP Associate Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has become available to work full time on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) designed to accelerate planned growth within the pharmaceutical sector, via the design and launch of an authentication and track-and-trace, software-based product for drug packaging that meets serialisation legislation, with embedded capability to continue developing software-based products.

This opportunity is ideal for a graduate with a Master’s degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Mathematics or related discipline. A PhD is highly desirable.

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact


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Have your say on the shape of University-Business Cooperation in Europe


Colleagues from the European Commission are seeking views from academics and businesses across Europe about cooperation between HEIs and public and private organisations.

The results of the survey, which has been commissioned by the European Commission, will be used as an input into future policy making, so this represents a great opportunity to contribute to future priorities.

You can find details of how to respond and links to the survey in the invitation here and more information about the survey itself here.


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First KTP in School of Art – Arts Research and Development Co-ordinator

Manchester Metropolitan University has it’s first KTP in the School of Art and we’re ready to recruit an Associate!

This is an exciting opportunity for a Masters level candidate, with excellent research skills, to develop a new-to-world validation system for socially-engaged artists that will champion their role and value in society, enhance engagement and underpin the transformation of Axisweb to a sustainable, self‑financing agency through increased membership and other service offerings.

This is a 24-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Manchester Metropolitan University and Axisweb. Employed and supported by a team of academic experts from the university, the Associate will be based at the company’s premises in Wakefield.

For more information on Validation Beyond the Gallery research at MMU commissioned by Axisweb, please visit:

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact


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Exciting Graduate Software Developer KTP Associate Role

An exciting graduate opportunity has become available to work full-time on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Manchester Metropolitan University and REM to develop a sector-leading, interactive, real‑time, 3D digital prototyping capability, which will enhance customer experience as regards the design and customisation of company products.

If you think this role could be for you or know someone who would be interested, find out more at

If you have any questions regarding this role or about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please contact


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Digital Media Habits for MCFC

International Office

Are you Weibo or WeChat?
Do you know your ManU from your ManC?
What are your favourite websites/apps – for news, sports and celebrity gossip?
Who are your favourite celebs?

These are just some of the questions that Manchester City Football Club are asking Chinese nationals in order to understand digital media habits further.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in taking part in a small focus group in return for £20 cash and a free tour of the Etihad stadium, please ask them to register their details HERE.