We provide specialist support for social entrepreneurs to help them grow as social leaders. Inclusion is very important to us. We want to ensure that we can use our resources to address the imbalance of equity across the funding landscape, making sure we use our resources to support those who are marginalised to thrive and make a difference.
We combine cash and coaching to help nurture ideas and grow impact. It doesn't matter what stage of development your social venture is at. It can be an idea on paper. Or a social venture in practice already. We can offer financial support of up to £15,000 depending on how far you are in your journey.
Thousands of people work to improve their community and not just their bank balance. They act on a hunch. They start a social venture. And they tackle the problems they care about through a sustainable business model.
These are the people we support. Often they have first-hand experience of the problem they seek to solve. They want to create jobs, develop innovative products and services, and help others to live full lives.
To receive support, you will need to complete an application. Below, we have outlined the support you can receive dependent on whether you have an idea, are early stage, or are an established social venture looking to grow.
We can support you if you are:
Your ideas and ventures are not eligible if they:
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You have an idea or are in the early stages of development
To help you make your idea for social change a reality we can typically offer support of between £500 and £5,000.
You are a social entrepreneur who wants to create social impact. You are ready to establish your venture, or have been running for less than a year, to tackle an issue that you are passionate about working to solve. You are dedicated to your idea and ready to make things happen.
We're here to support you. Alongside giving you funding to build your social venture, we will give you access to training and events, and assign you a dedicated Social Entrepreneur Support Manager (one of our experts in helping social entrepreneurs to start and grow). The Social Entrepreneur Support Manager will be there to coach you and support you to achieve your goals.
You have an established organisation
To support you to grow and make a bigger difference we can offer our support and up to £15,000 funding.
You are running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives. You have compelling evidence of your impact. You might want to continue to grow to achieve your ambitions, or want further support to make sure your idea is financially sustainable.
This award is designed to help you to get to the next stage. It gives you up to £15,000 to help you grow, as well as expert, tailored advice to help you to achieve your ambitions. Alongside the funding, you get a unique package of support including one-to-one coaching from a dedicated Social Entrepreneur Support Manager (one of our experts in supporting social entrepreneurs), training, mentoring and access to networks of other passionate people doing good.
When we grant social entrepreneurs support we assign them a cohort. This cohort is a group of people being funded at the same level and time. They will tend to attend the same training sessions, workshops and networking events.
We find that taking a cohort approach creates a positive experience for the people we fund. It allows you to meet other like-minded people who may be facing the same challenges, and who may also have skills and experience that you can learn from. Our cohorts often keep in touch after the period of support, becoming an informal support network for each other.
People who are passionate about tackling the world’s problems through enterprising solutions. They come from all kinds of backgrounds and deliver social solutions in different ways.
Take a look at our impact reports to find out what our social entrepreneurs have achieved.
UnLtd backs individuals and their ideas for the best way to achieve the social benefit they want to create. Many social entrepreneurs decide they can best deliver support by forming an organisation.
There are a range of business models and legal structures available. These include voluntary groups, mutuals and co-ops, charities, social enterprises, and also companies which are committed long term to social benefit (known as profit with purpose businesses). We call this broad range of organisations ‘social ventures’.
We focus our efforts on helping social entrepreneurs to create organisations that have social impact as their number one purpose now and into the future.
A purpose beyond profit business is a company which can make and distribute profit, but which is committed to a social purpose for the long term, and which reports on its social impact. We helped create Purposely, a free online tool to help businesses commit to a social purpose.
Social Enterprise UK describe social enterprise as an approach taken by an organisation which has a clear social and/or environmental mission (set out in governing documents), generates the majority of its income through trading, and reinvests the majority of its profits to further the social mission.
UnLtd supports social entrepreneurs who go on to set up a broad range of social ventures, many of which are social enterprises as described above. We also support social entrepreneurs who create other types of social ventures.
We host a series of events throughout the UK each year. From classes and conferences, seminars and workshops to networking events and training sessions.
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