Start Up Intensive- Somerset 2018

A fully-funded three-day introduction to social enterprise, ideal for anyone who is starting a social enterprise - APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENSION TO 21ST SEPTEMBER

Ready to start your social enterprise?

If it’s in the planning stages, but ready to start or if you are in the early stages of trading but need some help setting up in business, then we can help.

This three-day start-up intensive programme is for anyone with a social enterprise idea and will give an introduction to starting and setting up a social business, giving you the extra support needed to get started. You’ll learn about business planning, identifying your customers and start you thinking about measuring your social impact, with day-long intensive study sessions with social enterprise witnesses sharing their journey and expert sessions providing specialist tools and techniques in workshops.

“Hugely inspiring and one of the best things I have ever done.”


“I enjoyed pushing the boundaries of my thinking during the expert sessions.”


“Fun, inspirational, challenging and thought provoking”

What you’ll learn from this course

This is a learn ‘by doing’ programme, we start with two back to back days giving you lots of food for thought. The programme then allows and encourages participants to take action before the final session a month later and provides time and space to reflect on their learning. The course will signpost you to potential resources to launch your business 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
  • Setting your values, vision and mission
  • Marketing your business
  • Identifying your customers
  • Business planning
  • Starting to measure your social impact
  • Communicating and pitching your social enterprise

Programme Dates – new dates

  • 2nd October
  • 3rd October
  • 6th November

You need to be able to attend all three days.

(Please note that these dates have been changed and replace the former published dates of 12th, 13th Sept and 17th October)

Who should apply?

This is a great opportunity for new social entrepreneurs, people with brilliant community ideas, it is for people who are ready to take action and make those first steps into becoming a business. Those operating or living in the Heart of the South West region are also eligible to apply across Devon and Somerset. See the map

Previous participants have included:

  • Revolutionary Women
  • Figured Female
  • Wild Hive
  • Plymouth Royal Cinema
  • Catalyse Change
  • StreetBuilder

Who will you hear from?

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

  • COSMIC ethical IT
  • Bthechange
  • Vinesworks
  • Hollywell Housing trust
  • Blurt foundation
  • Anna Lodge Consulting
  • Iridescent Ideas


The programme will be delivered in Taunton, Somerset and we will endeavour to make all locations accessible by public transport.


This course is fully funded and free for participants to attend.

Your place on the course is fully funded by the Enhance Social Enterprise Programme which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds growth Programme 2014-2020.

How to Apply – application deadline extension

Apply for the programme by downloading the application form. You can save the form to your desktop, fill it in offline and then submit it via e-mail. Please note that the application form is a word document, so may not be downloadable on some mobile devices – we recommend completing on a desktop.

Download the application form here

If there is something you are not sure about, please first take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions and if you need more information feel free to get in touch.


Deadline for applications: Friday 21st September

For more information or to ssubmit your application, please send to or for an informal chat call 01803847060.