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14th February
to 24th April
300 You will earn 300 gold points for completing this activity.
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Making Great Communities Incubator

14th February to 24th April
What does community mean to you? Do you have an idea to do good in your community and make change in places across Manchester? Well then! Lets make these ideas happen...

The Making Great Communities project is looking for YOUR ideas to make change, work with your communities, and respond to needs which you identify.

What does community mean to you?

This project is an incubator style programme that invites you to bring an idea, build on it, learn how to develop projects, and work with your community while being supported by community advocate experts and mentors to make your idea into a reality.

What might this look like?

Maybe you have observed a gap in your community, a space that could do with some support or creativity? Perhaps you feel very strongly about a topic or theme and want to build advocacy for this across Manchester? Maybe you are already volunteering or working with a group or community, and you want to support this area further? Do you see inequality, opportunities for better services, do you want to build your voice and find a way to advocate with others? Do you have an idea for a project or see a method for building positive action?

Then we want to hear from you!

You do not have to have a fully formed idea to join the Incubator just a desire to make something positive happen. All we are looking for are students who want to do good in places they know, live or work in. We want to work with YOU to help shape ideas and observations, into meaningful and helpful interventions, investments, projects or opportunities.

This sounds a bit vague eh!? Well, thats because we are not setting the scope for your ideas. We are calling this programme an Incubator, because you get to bring your personality, your observations, your community needs to the project, and we will help you to bake the idea until its golden, and ready to serve.

In an Incubator project you can expect to work with experts, be mentored and feel supported to build a robust project, idea or product. You will meet other likeminded students who have great ideas (or tiny, minuscule and half baked ideas), and work with each other and experts to see ideas become fully formed. You will learn what it takes to run a project, be organised and build contingency. You will be supported to build connections, network and make the links you need to make things happen.

By joining this Making Great Communities Incubator, you will be the drivers of your own ideas, and receive wrap around support to see ideas become real, and make real impact on the communities you live and work in. You are best placed to build strong connections in your community, whatever that community looks like. Maybe you live in an area that needs some youth services. Perhaps your community are spread across Greater Manchester and you want to build connections. Maybe your community is online, and you would like to meet and connect IRL? Whatever you think this project means, we want to hear from you, and work together!

What you can get in return:

At the end of the Incubator once you have shared your concept, there will be the option to make your idea reality with university seed funding and/or mentor support.

Associated Badges:

In A Nutshell...

  • Develop... an idea from inception into production
  • Engage... in workshops that will support your idea development
  • Make change... in areas you feel could benefit from social good. Work in communities you live in and make change
  • Learn... get support and learn from practitioners who already do good in places. Receive mentoring and support for your project idea
  • Make it happen... pitch ideas to receive funding and make these Good things happen in your community!
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • call_split 09:00 to 10:00 on 14/02/24
    Pre session article
    This is pre-project time. An opportunity for you to read through some content and get inspired by other BIG ideas that have taken place out there... Access Associated Resource →
  • place 10:45 to 12:00 on 14/02/24 - GM Lecture Theatre 4
    Confidence and YOUR Future
    Attend this talk to begin building your confidence in your future, reflect on your hopes and aspirations in preparation for the Incubator project.
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 14/02/24 - Ground floor Business School South Atrium (behind canteen)
    Week ONE
    Think BIG: Ideas, Your Story and You WHY... Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 21/02/24 - Ground floor Business School South Atrium (behind canteen)
    Week TWO
    Projects & Ideas: Where, what, how, when...
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 28/02/24 - Ground floor Business School South Atrium (behind canteen)
    Week THREE
    Testing the water: what is feedback and development? Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 06/03/24 - Business School 3.04 (South Atrium)
    Week FOUR
    In Action! Testing and Trialling Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 13/03/24 - Sandra Burslem 3.06 (Manchester Law school building, access through Business school)
    Week FIVE
    Building your story: Narrative and confidence Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 20/03/24 - Sandra Burslem G.04
    Week SIX
    Sharing Session: CELEBRATION! Access Associated Resource →
  • place 13:00 to 16:00 on 24/04/24 - TBC
    Seed Funding panel event
    The session where you will share your idea and request the funding you need to get your project started. You will share your story, receive feedback, and have the opportunity to pitch for the money you need to begin!