Social entrepreneurs and innovators wanted for business support programme

Posted on 20 December 2018 (Permalink)

An innovative programme working to link start up social enterprises with a Health and Social Care Enterprise Hub is now recruiting for the next wave of social enterprises to join. 

Parted-funded by WMAHSN, HealthFUSE links start-up social enterprises with the region’s leading health and social care enterprise hub. The initiative is delivered by Digbeth-based Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE) and designed to be run over six months. 

Applications are now open to social entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers near trade or at early-start stage who want to fast-track their social enterprise, grow networks, develop collaborative opportunities and develop sustainable businesses that create social impact. The six-month programme will provide:

  • A themed masterclass one evening per month, covering key elements of business start up such as marketing, finance, business planning and choosing the correct legal structure
  • Access to a mentor
  • Hot desking space at iSE’s offices based in the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter
  • The option to register their business address at the Hub.

Topics covered on the programme include the business model canvas, developing a robust social mission, building a community and networks, social media and marketing, understanding numbers, funding and alternative social finance, social impact and developing a pitch.

The HealthFUSE programme has been running since September 2017 supporting a diverse group of organisations and social entrepreneurs, with an equally diverse group of business ideas.

iSE CEO Sarah Crawley exaplained: "FUSE doesn’t happen by itself and iSE works with a number of funders and sponsors who understand the power that social enterprise can have in changing lives and communities. Because of this sponsorship, the programme is free to entrepreneurs and successful applicants will be receiving the equivalent of £2,000 of business support."

Application is available on this link

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 January.