SEIDs Pre-Start Up Programme

Create positive change in Brent

A photo of three programme participants in a learning block with the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

This programme has now closed for applications. Check out our other programmes and courses.

It’s a challenging time for the Brent community. Now’s the time to set up a project that will create social or environmental change, with Brent at its heart. But how do you know whether your idea will work? And how do you get things up and running?

That’s where we come in. We’re offering practical learning to help turn your idea into a real-life project or social enterprise (a business that trades for a social purpose).  It’s free and it’s all online.

We’re looking for Brent residents who are unemployed, on benefits or have been struggling to find enough work.

Key benefits:

  • Free learning programme made up of seven weekday evening sessions spread over 13 weeks
  • £500 grant – money you don’t have to pay back
  • A community of other people starting up projects in Brent to meet regularly with, gain support and work through challenges together

We’re running this programme in partnership with SEIDs Social Innovation & Enterprise Hub.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility

We recognise that discrimination of all sorts infiltrate 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.

Reasonable adjustments regarding accessibility will be made to ensure all are welcomed onto the programme. Please get in touch – we’re happy to talk things through.

What you’ll learn

On the programme you will work through these key themes:

  • Develop your idea
  • Test your assumptions
  • Build your vision

Our learning programmes are very different to traditional teaching. We’re not about essays and textbooks. We believe in learning from other people’s stories. You’ll hear from inspiring people who speak frankly about the good, the bad and the ugly of running an organisation.

You’ll be in a safe and supportive group of around 15 people who are at a similar stage to you.

The course is a transformational experience that will push, challenge, and support you. It will give you the confidence and skills to achieve the impact you want to have.

Dates and location

All learning takes places online on seven evenings between September and December 2020. The learning evenings will run 6-8.30pm.

  • 17th September
  • 24th September
  • 8th October
  • 22nd October
  • 12th November
  • 19th November
  • 26th November

Is this right for you?

We’re looking to support people who are:

  • Unemployed, receiving benefits or have been struggling to find enough work
  • Brent residents
  • Keen to start up a project or business that helps the Brent community, but need some support to figure out next steps. (This is a pre-start up programme, so we are looking for people who only have an idea right now and need some guidance to get it off the ground.)
  • Committed to attending the full learning programme.

How to apply

This programme has now closed for applications. Check out our other programmes and courses.

About SEIDs

SEIDs is a charity whose mission is to support people who are unemployed or on a low income find decent, meaningful and dignified work through self-employment, training and living wage job opportunities.