Research Associate and PhD student Daniel Moreno Martinez (pictured), from the School of Healthcare Science, is encouraging colleagues to join the Innovation Forum for STEM leaders.
Daniel founded ‘Innovation Forum Manchester’ (IF Manchester). The IF Manchester is a branch of the larger Innovation Forum, whose central team is based in the University of Cambridge.
The IF started in Cambridge in 2012, and its mission is to act as an accelerator for deep technology (innovation) for researchers, in the STEM field.
Daniel said: “The IF organises meetings, events, networking sessions, workshops, and other sort of activities, to bring together senior STEM leaders from industry, academia and support organisations. I started the Manchester branch of the Innovation Forum during my PhD in Manchester Metropolitan in 2014 and built a team of interdisciplinary people, mostly from the University, but now also from University of Manchester and independent.
“My intention was to use the IF Manchester to raise the University’s profile and I am quite happy that we have managed to achieve this on a number of occasions with great success. The IF nowadays has branches throughout three different continents, we have seeded more than 50+ start-ups and more importantly, we are helping the STEM and innovation communities to increase their network wherever we have a branch.”