A social entrepreneur is the name we give to people who have started, or looking to start, a social business, someone who is driven by their passion to make a difference.
A social business is an organisation whose purpose is to create impact but has a financially sustainable business model to continue to make a difference. It sits in between a commercial business and a charity, often described as profit for purpose.
Get started or progress your social business to the next stage of your journey. With up to £18,000 available to fund organisational costs and help you grow your impact.
Social business is not established or been running under a year.
Social business has been running over a year and under 4 years.
Accessing our support to become a social leader. Get advice, guidance and the expertise needed to build on the foundations of your social business and grow your impact.
Get started in the digital marketplace
In partnership with eBay
Dedicated support manager
Someone to coach, mentor and support you to achieve your goals.
Expert mentors and pro bono support
Expert advice and mentoring through our generous community of business professionals, corporate partners and social entrepreneurs who volunteer their skills and expertise.
Workshops and learning
Through our regular workshops and support you will be able to learn about different aspects of running a social business.
In addition to our Awards, we have two focus areas where we think social entrepreneurs can make a big difference. We have dedicated teams and specialist support available to social entrepreneurs with ideas to help people in these areas.
Over the next five years we want to improve the health and wellbeing of 135,000 marginalised older adults in the UK, and reduce health inequalities.
You have a business idea aimed at helping people into good jobs and meaningful employment, particularly those who are currently denied those opportunities.
Submit your application
We recommend getting your application in early so that we have time to ensure we have everything we need to assess it.
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|Q2||Apr 1 - Jun 30||Jul - Sep||Sep 26|
|Q3||Jul 1 - Sep 30||Oct - Dec||Dec 12|
|Q4||Oct - Dec 31||Jan - Mar||TBC|
Once received we will check your application meets our eligibility criteria.
All applications are also subject to our robust safeguarding policies .
Support manager assessment
If the application meets our eligibility criteria, our team will then review the application based on impact, inclusion and sustainability.
Applications which show potential will be discussed alongside others at peer review to progress those with the most potential to meet our panel.
Here you will have the opportunity to discuss your application with a panel made up of staff and former awards winners.
A recommendation is made to our Awards Committee (a group of our trustees which also includes social entrepreneurs) who make the final decision on your application. You will be informed of the outcome of your application.
The organisations which make Awards funding and support possible.
We are committed to using our resources to drive change. At least 50% of our Awards will support social entrepreneurs who come from a disabled and/or Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.Our equity commitments