Deadline Extension to 5pm – Wednesday 11th January

Social ventures and ethical businesses often rely on subsidy grants and a lot of good will. Competition for grants, donations and resources is steadily increasing. Against this backgroup and building on the success of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 programmes, the Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017 will provide a tailor-made programme for social venture leaders to help them capitalise on new opportunities, markets and improve financial sustainability.

The Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017 will provide development support to Devon based social entrepreneurs and third sector leaders to make the most of new opportunities and markets and become more financially sustainable, whilst increasing their presence, services and products.

James Lewis - Wings Charity - 2016 Fellow

“I'm very glad to have been part of this programme. The course has given me a great space to step away from the day to day and reflect, and how we can shape things differently for the future.”

Details of the Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017

The Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017  is a 10-day action learning programme over three months, allowing and encouraging participants to implement changes between sessions and providing time and space to reflect on their learning.

The programme will consist specifically of:

  • 3 x day-long intensive study sessions
  • 3 x half day workshops and half  day action learning sets.
  • 3 x  online interactive webinars
  • Individual ‘in-depth’ business review panels
  • 1 x day progression event.

What you will learn from the Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017

Each study session and online webinar will be themes around specific aspects of social entrepreneurship and will be tailored and weighted to the needs of the cohort. It will include topics such as:

  • Business Planning – reviewing and assessing your current business model
  • Leadership – understanding and optimisiing your role in the development process.
  • Developing your market position –
  • Impact Measurement – assess your position and impact.
  • Opportunities for Growth – Maintaining existing and sourcing new business partners
  • Financial management – keeping the bottom line sound
  • Source of Funds – understanding the funding landscape and indentifying the right mix
  • Investment Readiness – what do you need to be in the best position for investment
  • Pitching and Presenting – how to get your message across with confidence and impact

Who will you hear from on the Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017?

We will invite practitioners and other social entrepreneurs to share their expertise and provide interactive workshops. Previous programme contributors have included:

  • COSMIC ethical IT
  • North Devon Plus
  • Crowdfunder UK
  • Devon County Council
  • BIG Results Public Relations
  • The Fruit Tree
  • Guru Marketing
  • Risdon Enterprises CIC
  • Dartington Hall Trust
  • Foot Anstey

Who should apply to Devon Social Entrepreneurs 2017 programme?

The Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2017 is suitable for leaders and key-change makers of third-sector organisations and social enterprises that have completed their start up phase and who are now looking to develop and find new business opportunities.

Previous participants have included:

  • Young Devon
  • The Farmable Project
  • Exeter Community Initiatives
  • The Trill Trust
  • Beach Schools South West
  • Double Elephant Print workshop
  • South West Forum
  • Proud 2 Be

How to apply

Apply for the programme by downloading the application form via the below link. You can save the form to your device, fill it in offline and then submit it via e-mail.

Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme Application Form

For more information download the programme flier and programme course dates below.

Download the programme flier

Deadline for applications is now 5pm on Wednesday 11th Jan 2017