Why Mi-IDEA?

A new innovation centre for Manchester

A philosophy of empowerment and enablement informs our carefully crafted Post-Accelerator programme. All the benefits of collaboration in a co-working space are enhanced by a tailored training programme that will address your business needs. Run by a compelling partnership between a global leader in IT and the UK’s largest science park operator with long-established ties into the North West’s science and technology fields, Mi-IDEA delivers a unique champion model where you are actively adopted and encouraged by one partner, but supported by both. As you drive for differentiation and navigate the path to secure funding, your dedicated mentors will bring with them invaluable tailored insights, contacts and considered opportunities, supporting your growth in confidence, size and capability.

Unique Post Accelerator Model

Neither an accelerator nor a co-working space, Mi-IDEA runs a unique model where you are actively adopted on your startup journey as you develop your product, secure funding, acquire new customers and grow as a business.

No Equity Model

We believe in offering guidance that's based solely on what's best for you. That's why we don't take equity from our startups, so that you can share every step in your journey, not just tell us the good stuff.

Tailored Programme

We don't believe in a rigid, one-size-fits-all methodology, and that's why you shape the programme we offer. Be it pitch advice, hiring your team or preparing to meet a customer, whatever your goals, we can help you make them a reality.

Long-term Partnerships

We don't believe in fixed term periods for residency or limited time engagements, we are more interested in building meaningful relationships. The journey to sustainable business may take 6 months or 24, but don't worry, we're with you all the way, along with our expansive network of partners, customers and broader start-up community.

Support when you need it

We like to think of ourselves as an extension of your team. You will be supported by an onsite programme manager, dedicated mentors and a vast network of supporters. All there to champion your business in a proactive and energetic environment.

Successful track record

Mi-IDEA may be a new partnership, but our passion and commitment to the start-up ecosystem certainly isn’t. MSP and Cisco both have a long track record of supporting startups both locally and globally, and the partnership of these two organisations provides a powerful backing to all our residents.

Innovators Package

  • 2 desks free of charge
  • Access to collaboration tools (webEx and video)
  • Member of Mi-IDEA and MSP communities
  • Dedicated, tailored start-up training programme
  • Access to MSP and NVI events
  • Access to Cisco R&D and CREATE programmes & bids
  • Customer introductions
  • Investor demo days
  • Experienced mentors
  • Commercialisation programme
  • Access to industry partners & programmes
  • Alumni Package