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Black communities have been hit harder than most by Covid-19. The crisis has shone a spotlight on the injustices and inequalities that Black people face. We also know there are some incredible and enterprising Black people who can make a positive difference. We can help.

The programme is aimed at Black social entrepreneurs based in the West Midlands, who want to increase their impact and trading income.

The programme is delivered in partnership with leading international law firm, Gowling WLG.

About Black Social Entrepreneurs Futures

This programme is for people who identify as all of the following:

  • Black
  • Supporting predominately Black communities
  • Based in and working in the West Midlands
  • You have started a social enterprise already

Key benefits:

  • Strengthen your project with our free learning programme
  • Grow your income from trading, so you can increase your social impact
  • Gain a network of peers, who will help you develop your plans and act as a sounding board
  • Get 1-to-1 advice from a mentor – a business and/or legal expert at Gowling WLG

Our programmes are based on peer and action-learning. We’re definitely not about textbooks and teachers. Instead, we help you to get the headspace you need to map out next steps, with the support of other social entrepreneurs facing similar challenges. (More info on learning with SSE.)

Quote from Daina Anderson, Open Lens Media: "The SSE programme really helped me remove some of the mental barriers that were hindering the growth and development of my business."

When and where does the programe take place?

This programme will be delivered online* over 12 months, starting in April 2021. It is free to attend (as we’re a charity), and will comprise:

  • 8 Group Study Sessions
  • 4 Action Learning Sessions (group coaching with your peers)
  • 1 to 1 business support & mentoring

* If circumstances around Covid-19 change and it becomes completely safe and practical  for everyone to meet face to face then we may consider doing so, in central Birmingham, in a wheelchair-accessible location.

I’ve applied – what happens next?

You’ll hear from us soon.

Interviews will be held during February and March 2021 and the programme will run from April 2021.

Is Black Social Entrepreneurs Futures really free?

This programme is generously funded by our partners, Gowling WLG. They have funded every place on this programme, so there is never any cost to you.

Lorna Gavin, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & CR at Gowling WLG, explains: “Gowling WLG is proud to be able to support the Black Social Entrepreneurs Futures programme. One of our global values is that we all bring something different. This programme embodies that, and we are delighted to be able to help harness the wealth of diverse talent and drive to deliver social value across the West Midlands.”

Quote from Jeremy Grant, FORM180: ""The SSE programme was awesome. It forced me to think strategically and challenged me to commit the time to work on my business."