3-Day Intensive for Start Ups – Devon & Somerset

A short course to get your idea off the ground


Do you have an idea for a project which could benefit your community, but don’t know where to start?

We are here to help!


This three-day introduction to social enterprise is for anyone with a social enterprise idea and will give an introduction to starting and setting up a social business. You’ll learn about business planning, identifying your customers and start you thinking about measuring your social impact, with sessions delivered by business experts and experienced social entrepreneurs.

What you’ll learn

The course will signpost you to potential sources of start-up finance and you will come away with a personal action plan. The course is based on the successful School for Social Entrepreneurs Start up Programme and is an ideal first step if you are thinking of applying in the future. During our interactive sessions, we will cover topics such as:

  • Defining social enterprise and social entrepreneurship
  • Communicating your idea clearly
  • Thinking about your business planning
  • An introduction to Social impact
  • Planning your market research


The course will be run over three full days. The delivery dates and structure are:

25th January

26th January

8th March

You need to be able to attend all three days

Other important information

Your place on the course is fully funded by the Enhance Social Enterprise Programme which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

To be eligible, you or your project must be located in Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) and Somerset

There are 20 places available

The programme will be delivered in Exeter/Dartington (TBC).


How to Apply

If you would like to be considered for this programme, you will need to complete an application form and send this to us by Sunday 14th January 2018.

For more information and to request an application form please email mandy.heard@dartington.org or call 01803 847067

or download it here:

Devon & Somerset 3 Day Start Up Intensive application form