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Social networking business award

Published: 3rd February 2009

AFRICAN Caribbean students worldwide are being brought together by an award-winning digital company in Manchester.

Social networking platform – the African Caribbean Society or ACS – is being developed by graduates at Innospace, the business incubator at Manchester Metropolitan University.

And even before going live, it has won a global award for enterprise – the Global Entrepreneurship Week’s Unleash It competition, sponsored by Make Your Mark and IBM.

Raj Anand, operations director at digital marketing firm Kwiqq, one of the judges, said: "We are delighted to make the award to ACS which not only has a great idea with global reach, but is well on the way to implementing it. This is a firm with a strong self sustaining business model with testimonials and a partnership already in place."

Social and inclusive

Ugochukwu Obi, who set up the firm with a team of collaborators said the new network not only promotes African Caribbean culture but also provides an avenue for members to promote social integration and inclusiveness.

"Our clients are going to span both public and private sector organizations locally, nationally and internationally."

And he said Innospace, which offers graduates affordable city centre office space and business support, had been one of the keys to their start: “We heard about Innospace at MMU through a friend who is also using the incubator and being there has totally transformed our operation and progress.”

President of Leicester African Caribbean Society said: "This is one of the most innovative and rewarding ideas brought forward so far, giving us all a chance to see what each other is doing and bringing promotion to a next level!"

For more about the African Caribbean Society, go to or contact Obi on 0161 921 8185/247 6820.

Innospace is Manchester Metropolitan University’s graduate business incubator for start-ups based in the heart of Manchester’s city centre.

If you have a business idea, business plan or have already started your enterprise, Innospace offers a creative and supportive environment to help you grow. The open plan office space provides all the facilities of a new office including PCs, broadband, printing, telephones and bookable meeting space.

It also provides access to business advisers, professional mentors and a wide range of workshops designed to meet the needs and interests of entrepreneurs. The ‘hot-desking’ environment also provides all our new businesses with networking space so that they can interact with like minded people.