Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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Scroll down to find out more about our five finalists. They’re in with a chance of winning £10,000, with runner-up prizes of £6,000 and £4,000.

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Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017

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Voting closes at 5pm, Tuesday 31st October. Terms & conditions.

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Meet the finalists

Cemal Ezel, Change Please, London

​A social enterprise which uses coffee as a way out of homelessness. Change Please trains homeless people to become baristas and provides a London-living wage job, housing and bank account and therapy support to its beneficiaries.

Watch Cemal’s video

Katie Buckingham, Altruist Enterprises, Birmingham

A social enterprise which provides resilience, stress management and mental health first aid training to schools and organisations across the UK, raising awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting skills development to prevent, identify and resolve problems.

Watch Katie’s video

Maggie Sikora, Mapis, Reading

A social enterprise which supports young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop new skills and confidence to increase their employability, through qualifications in fashion, beauty and retail.

Watch Maggie’s video

Nikki Markham, Battling On, Cornwall

A social enterprise which supports veterans to reintegrate into civilian life. The veterans are trained and employed as mentors and instructors to support vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and adults with disabilities.

Watch Nikki’s video

Rachel Roger, Reform Radio, Manchester

A social enterprise which delivers skills-development opportunities for 18-30 year olds through its industry standard online radio station. Opportunities include traineeships, creative outreach programmes, pastoral support and volunteering to support young people into employment.

Watch Rachel’s video

What is the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award?

The finalists have been selected from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund.

More than 200 social entrepreneurs applied for the programme. Only 40 gained a place.

Following a tough application process and a Dragons’ Den-style panel, our judges then picked five finalists to run for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 – based on the impact they create, the growth they’ve achieved and the potential of their plans.