More about the SSE South West Social Entrepreneurs Programmes

These programmes support people in South West England to start up or grow a social enterprise, charity, community project or impact-led organisation.

Social entrepreneurs on this programme receive:

  • A free four-month intensive entrepreneurship support programme
  • A Match Trading grant (£5,000 – £15,000)
  • 1-2-1 coaching
  • A supportive community of peers in a similar role to you

These programmes are for people living and/or working across three South West areas:

Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme

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Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme

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Bath and North East Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme

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There are three programme levels:

Start Up

  • Your project or idea is less than two years old.
  • You and most of your beneficiaries are based in either Somerset, Devon, or Bath and North East Somerset.
  • You are looking to set up a social impact organisation/social enterprise.
  • You have a plan to either start trading or increase trading.

Accelerator

  • Your project or organisation is over two years old and has been trading for at least one year.
  • You and most of your beneficiaries are based in either Somerset, Devon, or Bath and North East Somerset.
  • You are looking to grow the impact and income from trading of your social impact organisation/social enterprise.

Founders for the Future (Devon only) Applications open soon.

  • You’re aged 18-30 years old.
  • You want to create new enterprise ideas to secure a sustainable future for Devon’s local economy.
  • You’re passionate about the power of co-operatives, putting people at the heart of economic development.

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Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

We recognise that discrimination of all sorts infiltrates every part of our society, and we are working hard to counter that wherever we find it. To that end, we actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds, as well as those from disabled communities. No educational qualifications are needed to join our programmes.

If you require adjustments, including financial support, to take part in the recruitment process or to participate in the programme due to a disability, neurodiversity, caring responsibilities or any other reason, you will be able to provide details in the application form or contact us by phone or email to discuss further.

This programme is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund, delivered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Somerset County Council, Devon County Council and the West of England Combined Authority. 

For all enquiries about the programme, please contact us at [email protected]

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FAQ

When’s the deadline?

1pm, Monday 7th February 2022.

Is this really free?

Yes! You can use the grant for your project’s running costs and to pay for travel and subsistence to support you in attending the learning programme.

The learning programme is fully funded, thanks to funding from the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The School for Social Entrepreneurs is a charity.

Who can apply?

We can help you at all stages: whether you have just an idea, you’re already up-and-running, or you’re ready to scale. There are more detailed criteria for each programme level via the links above.

Inclusivity is one of our core values, and everyone is welcome at SSE, including people who are long-term unemployed, ex-offenders, people with disabilities and people of all abilities. You don’t need any educational qualifications for this programme.