Starting up

We provide specialist support for social entrepreneurs at the start of the journey to help them grow as social leaders. We combine cash and coaching to help nurture ideas and grow impact.

It doesn't matter what stage of development your social venture is at. It can be an idea on paper. Or a social venture in practice already. We can offer you awards from £500 to £15,000 across three separate startup packages.

  • Try it awards support social entrepreneurs to test their hunches and ideas
  • Do it awards provide funding and support to help you get started and create a clear social impact
  • Grow it awards help social entrepreneurs already thriving to grow their impact and build a sustainable financial model

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Who we support 

Thousands of people work to improve their community and not just their bank balance. They act on a hunch. They start a social venture. And they tackle the problems they care about.

These are the people we support. Often they have first-hand experience of the problem they seek to solve. They want to create jobs, develop innovative products and services, and help others to live full lives.

We can support you if you are:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Living in the UK
  • Willing to participate in a learning experience
  • Working for the benefit of others in the UK

Your ideas and ventures are not eligible if they:   

  • Are part of paid employment where the social entrepreneur is an employee
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Are mainly for the benefit of the social entrepreneur and/or others to achieve academic qualifications

Our awards

We provide three levels awards, designed to match your growth as a social entrepreneur. Many of the people we support progress through different stages of awards as their venture grows. 

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Try it

Often the biggest changes start with one small idea. Our Try...

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Do It

Our Do it awards help make your idea for social change a...

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Grow It

The Grow It award is for social entrepreneurs looking to grow...

Our focus areas

We accept applications from social entrepreneurs providing solutions to any issues. We also have specific areas that we focus on. We encourage social entrepreneurs tackling these focus areas to apply. 

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Building access to employment

The steady drop in unemployment is a good news story for the...

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Resilient communities

Social entrepreneurs are working hard to respond to the challenges...

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Solutions for an ageing society

The UK is undergoing a demographic shift, with potentially far-reaching...

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We host a series of events throughout the UK each year. From classes and conferences, seminars and workshops to networking events and training sessions.

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