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Since 1981, Ashoka has been building a vibrant global community and ecosystem around social entrepreneurship, and we are proud to see the UK becoming a global leader in this field.  Ashoka UK selects only a small number of Ashoka Fellows each year, but works to support a much wider community of Changemakers such as yourself across the country.

Ashoka UK have prepared this resource pack to direct ambitious social entrepreneurs who may not be eligible for the Ashoka Fellowship towards additional sources of funding and support, connecting you with sector partners which may be more suited to your current needs.

 

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Balloon KenyaBalloon Kenya will support the most passionate and driven young people to find and implement solutions that improve lives.Balloon Kenya takes young people from the UK and teams them up with ambitious Kenyan youth groups to design new sustainable businesses. When participants return home with their newfound skills and confidence, we provide mentors and funding to those wanting to launch their own ventures.The programme is open to final year students, recent graduates and non-graduates under the age of 30 who can demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, drive, passion and ambition.
Big Venture ChallengeBig Venture Challenge is a national competition to find 25 of the most ambitious social entrepreneurs in England. (2011 was first one, might not happen again.)The 25 winners of Big Venture Challenge receive an initial £25K grant and the chance to access up to £150K of seed funding if matched by loans or equity from co-investors, plus first class business support and mentoring designed to keep pace with high growth social entrepreneurs.Big Venture Challenge is for social entrepreneurs who have already developed an ambitious growth strategy and are ready to implement that strategy to scale up at a rapid pace. Big Venture Challenge is aimed at start-ups with high potential that can demonstrate viable plans for growth as well as more established ventures that want to expand.
Bright Ideas TrustWe are a charity that helps young people in London who aren't in employment, education or training or who haven't had the same chances as the rest of society to start their own companies and learn business skills that will stay with them for life.Young people can apply for support - and get access to the Business Box (Training, Mentoring, Funding)(i) Aged between 16-30; (ii) Currently not in employment, education or training; (iii) Greater London based; The founder of a start-up or very early stage business, which can be: Commercial - it aims to generate profits; Sustainable - it can keep trading for at least 3 years; Scalable - it has the potential to grow in size over time (iv) An individual who can demonstrate that they: Are in need of charitable support e.g. Registered Disabled; Limited financial resources; Ethnic minority; Within or have experienced public care or the penal system; Are determined, committed and enthusiastic about owning their business; Have the interpersonal skills necessary to run their own business and to be open to learning new things from business experts.
Charity WorksCharityworks is run by a partnership of national charities. It offers a unique experience providing graduates and high flyers with the opportunity to gain experience across the charity sector.A salary (£15,000 per annum for 2011); Rotations in different charities throughout the programme; Social peer 2 peer networking; A professional management training programme; The chance to learn through a range of dynamic learning events; Exposure to a range of jobs in the corporate sector; The skills to equip you to work at first level management across the charity sector; The opportunity to learn with graduates working in the public and private sectorsWe are seeking people driven by a passion to make a difference, talented individuals who want the chance to share their ideas and skills with charities that share the same values. Applicants need to have some form of experience of volunteering or working in the charity/not for profit sector. This may include unpaid caring responsibilities within your home environment.
Clore Social Leadership ProgrammeThe Clore Social Leadership Programme is an ambitious attempt to build leadership capacity in the social sector at a time when the challenges and complexities of leadership in the sector continue to grow. The Programme aims to identify, develop and connect aspiring leaders in the wider social sector who are working for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK and internationally. The wider social sector includes a full range of social purpose non-profit activity - charities, community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, social landlords and housing associations, etc.Fully-funded Fellowships tailored to meet the individual development needs of aspiring leaders in the social sector. The Programme is made up of core elements that all Fellows will undertake, which include: 360 degree assessment to provide evidence of leadership competencies, individual strengths and potential; Residential weeks with the full cohort of Fellows; Shorter residential sessions and day workshops with groups of Fellows; Action learning sets in groups of Fellows; Networking opportunities, online and in person; An extended secondment in an unfamiliar working environment; Access to coaching support; A personal mentor (if required); A practice-based research project to develop Fellows' skills as critical users of research and to develop a wider evidence base for the sector. | The Fellowship can be undertaken intensively over 12 months (the full-time option), or part-time, over a period of up to 24 months. On applying, you need to tell us which option you would prefer. 
Dell Social Innovation CompetitionUniversity students of the world - share your innovative ideas for solving a social or environmental problem and compete for $750,000 in prizes and awards! Connect with students, find a mentor through our global community and get inspired to put your ideas into action.(i) Since 2007, more than 15,000 students from 90 countries have proposed more than 3,000 ideas for tackling social and environmental problems. We give participants the mentoring, tools and cash prizes needed to take their projects to the next level. (ii) Our challenge site will be the world's largest community of student social innovators. You'll get access to the learning, support and feedback you need to hone your innovations.Any undergrad or graduate student in any field of study, from any country, can enter our challenge. This isn't your traditional business plan competition - you can enter a project at any stage, whether you've just thought of an idea or are already running an organization. It doesn't matter if your idea is nonprofit or for-profit.
Deloitte Social Innovation PioneersDeloitte Social Innovation Pioneers aims to showcase up to 50 socially innovative businesses from across the UK and provide them with a package of support to help them mainstream, go to scale and become investment-ready.Winners receive a bespoke package of support. Benefits include: Deloitte support team, unique to each Pioneer, designed to create and manage your investment readiness plan; Invitation to a series of events and workshops, covering the following themes: Meetings with senior Deloitte partners and client contacts; Opportunities to pitch for additional support; Input and access to cutting edge research on the sector; Opportunity to be involved a truly two way partnership with Deloitte; Access to Deloitte Programme Logo; Access to Alumni networkAny legal structure; Small to medium sized organisations; Primary business operations based in the UK; A sustainable business model and the potential to grow
Eastern Enterprise HubEastern Enterprise Hub is a dynamic organisation delivering real economic growth, by encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship, social enterprises and start-up businesses throughout the East.We achieve our goals through and deliver strong support for would-be entrepreneurs through: (i) The Enterprise Academy (16-18 year olds); (ii) The School for Social Entrepreneurs - Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and cambridgeshire (SSE); (iii) The 5th Floor Business Club - our unique student to business network; (iv) Wider Enterprise Support 
Echoing GreenEchoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society's most difficult problems.Echoing Green's world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. We offer: A stipend of $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years; A health insurance stipend; A yearly professional development stipend; Conferences led by organizational development experts; Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization; A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world. You can also browse the online resources: links to fellows' websites, blogposts and signposting servicesCriteria include: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; Organization must be the original idea of the applicant; Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible; Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization's development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies; Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However applicants based in the US must have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
Emerge Venture LabThe Emerge Venture Lab seeks to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to build system-defying solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The essence of the Lab is developing the entrepreneur, the vehicle by which we do this is their venture.The 2012 Lab provides support to student entrepreneurs on three key challenges of the venture development process: develop a business model, test your product with real customers and gain fundings. When you become part of the Lab, you gain access to incredible advisors. Lab ventures receive 1-on-1 advice from senior professionals at top consulting and legal firms and as well as our mentor community, which is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals and impact investors.All (or most) of the team must be present or recent (last 2 years) student of a UK university (any degree).
Entrepreneur FirstFirst national graduate scheme for aspiring entrepreneurs.Support can be provided through sponsorship, mentorship and networking. They also have an interesting blog with convincing articles stating why in the present economic situation it's better to create a job than look for one.Application is free of charge. Applicant needs to be a final year student or a recent graduate (last two years) of a UK university.
GeovationGeovation is about helping communities address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise.Pitch your idea prototype at Geovation Camp. The aim at the end of the weekend is that you are part of a team that has developed a selected idea into a prototyped basic working model of a new venture. At the end of the Geovation Camp finalists (including for best use of OS OpenData) will be selected and invited to attend a Geovation Challenge Awards Showcase in May 2011.UK Residents age 18 or over
Global Social Benefit IncubatorThe Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBITM) empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that solve problems for people living in poverty around the world.We work with organizations that create value by lifting people out of poverty, utilizing self-sustaining community practices, and developing low-cost solutions. The GSBI is a combination of online, experiential, and skill-building offerings in a ten-month program.Applications are reviewed against a set of criteria based on key factors that characterize successful past participants. These include: Technology and/or product and service proof of concept; Potential for replication; A commitment to scaling by building earned income streams; Promise of solution of a social problem if the enterprise can be brought to scale; Strength of leadership and organization (the senior-most executive of organizations must attend)
Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at London Business SchoolThe mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.Provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.Each entrant team must include a graduate student (current or recent graduate within two years from the date the plan is first submitted) from any masters-level or post-graduate higher education program in any area of study in the world. The graduate student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., actively participating in development of the business plan and presentation or actively working on the business).
Hub Venture LabsAn incubator for social entrepreneurs that delivers a wide range of programmes, support and workshops.Supporting innovation and invention through ideation events; running multiple incubator programs from 4 to 12 weeks, some with investment prizes; providing customised non-financial support programmes on behalf of investors and foundations; holding regular office hours and keynote Q&A sessions for social entrepreneurs and impact investors; promoting active collaboration between all parties in the social enterprise ecosystem. HVL's aims to create better, more sustainable social businesses, to encourage impact investing and new forms of hybrid finance and to champion social entrepreneurs across Europe. 
Hub VenturesHub Ventures is a 12-week evening program providing funding and resources to a community of 16 entrepreneurs building for-profit solutions for a better world.Through the program, participants refine their business models and investor pitches while growing their networks of peers, mentors, and potential investors. Upon completion of the program, 3-4 ventures will receive $75,000 in seed funding (convertible debt) through a peer selection process that puts the investment decisions into the hands of the cohort. Additionally, participants will pitch to top Bay Area Impact Investors at Hub Ventures Investor DayEXPERIENCE: Top 5 position in a promising and innovative for-profit venture focused on reaching scale and achieving a measurable social impact. STAGE: Early: beyond idea, started prototyping, have customers, and legal formation completed. IMPACT: Ventures that create access and inclusion for marginalized populations locally and globally. Focus areas include (but are not limited to) education, healthcare, local living economies, food systems, Fair Trade, international development, mobile technology, affordable design, collaborative consumption, and off-grid power systems. A response to big and compelling problem coupled with a creative and systemic approach to tackling it. LOCATION: Must be Bay Area based during the duration of the program. PARTICIPATION: Only one team member per venture should attend programming. Ability to attend all Hub Ventures' events, meetings, and peer-review sessions during the 12-week cohort (mandatory gatherings will be evening based and will not exceed 3 hrs/week). Ability to present at the Hub Fast Pitch during the week of March 7-11. Availability to pitch at Hub Ventures Investor Day.
 


Kairos SocietyThe Kairos Society is a global network of top student and global leaders using entrepreneurship and innovation to solve the world's greatest challenges.The Kairos 50 (K50) annually recognizes the world's most innovative ventures started by university students. Members of the Kairos 50 will be given the chance to showcase their innovation on the trading floor of the NYSE and will also be invited to a private reception with a group of world leaders. Kairos fellows strive to develop meaningful ventures that create value for the global economy while improving the lives of billions of people around the world. In doing so, Kairos works to bridge the gaps -- between disciplines, cultures and generations -- that stifle transformative innovation.In order to be eligible, at least one of the founders of the company must be a current university student (not including Ph.D. candidates). Also, if chosen, the founding members must be available to attend the Kairos Global Summit in New York.
Live UnltdLive Unltd provides young people aged 11-21 with exciting opportunities to develop an idea which could change their community for the better.These young social entrepreneurs are awarded funding of up to £5,000 to start up their own social venture; from sports teams and recreational groups to hosting events, which is then coupled with non-financial support from a designated Live Unltd Development Manager in their region. The programme also gives young people the opportunity to erase the negative stereotypes associated with 'youth culture' in the media today and show that with the right financial and non-financial support, young people can become catalysts for positive social change within their community.Young entrepreneurs aged 11-21
Lloyds Business Enterprise AwardsBy seeking out the best student and graduate entrepreneurial talent across the country, our Awards provide recognition for the great businesses of tomorrow.The Awards offer prize packages to help nurture and grow your business including: An overall cash investment of £50,000 to the national best enterprise; Cash investment prizes of up to £5,000 in the initial heats; Enhanced mentoring support packages at regional and national level; Business networking and promotional opportunities.You founded, or co-founded, your own business; You are either currently a student, or you have graduated in the past 5 years; You are 18 years of age or over; Your business is based in England, Scotland or Wales; Your business has been trading for more than one year.
Mass ChallengeTo catalyze a start-up renaissance. We connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately.MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include: (i) 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more; (ii) $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support; (iii) Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry; (iv) No equity taken. No restrictions applied. | Our primary activities include running an annual global startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events. 100+ finalist teams are matched with mentors and personalized free resources.Open to anyone, from anywhere, with any startup; Everyone gets training and access to resources; Highest impact, most viable startups win awards.
Shaftsbury PartnershipThe Shaftesbury Partnership is a social business whose mission is to create and inspire trailblazing social reforms that empower communities by tackling disadvantage and generating opportunity.The Shaftesbury Partnership has launched a number of social enterprises in areas including employment, faith communities, healthcare, reducing reoffending, and multiple and complex needs. We are also working on: a franchise system to replicate successful models of Sure Start children's centres; a tool to assist employers in effectively recruiting people with mental health issues; and a system of innovation centres to spur improvement in the NHS. The Shaftesbury Partnership has developed a consistently effective pathway that takes a project from the identification of an entrenched social problem through to a fully scaled, high impact social venture. 
Shine UnconferenceSHINE is the UK's leading unconventional conference (or unconference) for socially-minded entrepreneurs. Over three days, the Shine Unconference will offer an accelerator package that will allow entrepreneurs to grow their venture; practical support, services, tools and connections.  
Startup FactoriesStartup Factories is a guide to accelerator programmes in the European Union. It grew from a NESTA research project which looked at the rise of such programmes in the United States and Europe and found that there was a need for better information for founders about what programmes were available in Europe and how to apply for them.List of the European startup accelerators that match their stringent criteria (about 20). Also, a short list of other EU seed funders. 
Startup WeekendStartup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend's attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.Education; Build your network; Co-Founder Dating; Learn a new skill; Actually launch a business; Get face time with thought leaders; Save money & get stuff; Join a global community. 
Teach FirstTeach First's mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.(i) Teach First Challenge: Join the Teach First team in some of the UK's biggest races, trek or cycle through incredible places in our overseas adventures, or take on your own challenge to support us in ensuring every young person is given the same chances in life, no matter what background they are born into. (ii) Teach First produces a range of publications around the issue of addressing educational disadvantage. These include our annual review, quarterly bulletin and our Policy First publications - a bi-annual policy document written and edited by over 500 Teach First teachers to help shape education policy for the future. 
TeenBizevery month two students (one social enterprise, one business enterprise) will receive up to £500 start up funding, a business mentor and a start up pack.We're calling it 'Business in a Box' which will give students items they need to do business for real; for example Companies House set up, business cards, a website, a stationery voucher, office space, USB sticks, logo design, legal advice and virtual PA service. Winners will also receive a Natwest business abnk account.TeenBiz is open to anyone 13-18 years old. Students of all education levels, across the UK - no one is left out! You maybe studying in school or college, be home tutored, be doing an apprenticeship or be in a job. Your business could be in its early stages or a totally new idea ready to launch. As long as you are 13-18 years old with a good, solid business idea we want to hear from you.
TennerTenner is a nationwide campaign which promotes enterprise among young people in Britain. Its an annual competition where tens of thousands of school children across the UK are loaned a ten pound note for a month and challenged to make money, make a difference and give back. The competition runs from 1st March - 31st March and challenges up to 40,000 young people aged 5 to 19 to Make Money, Make a Difference and Give Back. Once the challenge is over, participants are asked to return their original loan, encouraged to donate at least 20% to a good cause and reinvest the remaining profit into their business. Awards are offered to the student/students who have the biggest profit, deliver the most social impact or the best business idea.Register online for the competition; Inspirational online Case studiesAnybody who is attending school or college from the age of 5 - 19. An education institute will need to act as a guarantor.
The Social Venture FundThe Social Venture Fund invests in social businesses, which have innovative and entrepreneurial driven solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Social Venture Fund is a unique way to enable and participate in successful, as well as sustainable social change, by investing into carefully selected companies.Growth Financing: Identification of outstanding social businesses; Determination of capital needs and adequate forms of financing; Definition of miletstones and repayment of capital; Infrastructure Support; Management and legal support through selected experts; Network access; Academic support through co-operations with universities.We are always looking for exceptional social entrepreneurs from all around the world. Ventures, which are supported by the Social Venture Fund, must have proven success on the market (proof-of-concept) and also be willing and able to expand. (See section Investment Criteria)
UnltdUnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.Online resources: directory of projects, Examples of social entrepreneurship, links to funding organisations/websites, links to organisations supporting social entrepreneurs, Reports and articles on social enterprise, Reports and articles on social entrepreneurship, links to University courses and research centres, links to Volunteering bodies. | UnLtdWorld: Online international platform that helps social entrepreneurs connect with each other, share information, build a community, do business, find resources, network. Registration is free.Different Eligibility Questionnaires for each level of awards.
UpRisingThe UpRising Leadership programme's mission is to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders in an increasingly diverse Britain and a globalised world. Our unique programme equips young people with the life skills, knowledge, networks, confidence and power to transform their communities and Britain for the better.UpRising offers you the opportunity to: Gain leadership skills for your future career - whatever it might be; Organise for social change on an issue you are passionate about and contribute to your local community; Join a mutually supportive community of UpRisers, mentors, advisors, UpRising staff and alumni, all working together; Learn about the issues affecting your community and how major public institutions in the UK work; Take up new leadership opportunities to serve your community and Britain; Stay involved as alumni, keeping in touch with fellow UpRisers and helping to build the UpRising movement and a new generation of leaders around Britain.Aged 19-25; Live, work or study in the following areas: (i) London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Barking & Dagenham or Tower Hamlets; (ii) City of Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull or the Black Country; (iii) Bedford.
WayraTech accelerator in Latin America and Europe(i) Funding: Up to EUR 50,000 to start your business project or to give you a boost to your business plan and help you get to market quicker. In addition, Wayra can help you to find alternative ways of funding, such as external VCs and internal funds from other Telefónica ventures. (ii) Advisory: A vast network of technical and specific advisors in topics like marketing, taxes, patents and intellectual property, legal frameworks, business regulations and financial issues. (iii) Infrastructure and working space: Your place inside a Wayra Academy, a world-class co-working space where you'll find all the facilities to step into your project immediatly, and stop worrying about an office location. (iv) Mentoring & Networking: One of our distinctive characteristics as a global accelerator. By now, more than 300 mentors and technology experts help our projects with a common framework from the start. Every project in our academies receive full guidance and mentoring from local and global pools, in addition to the support from Wayra Academy staff. Our global partnerships also give our startups a good opportunity to benefit from synergies and access to valuable knowledge. (v) Training: Regular and up-to-date training services from top universities, technical and business schools. In all of our Wayra Academies we schedule, every semester, activities, talks and seminars with top class faculty members. (vi) Technical Development: Wayra startups receive, from day one, a wide picture of all digital initiatives from Telefónica. This means regular talks and consultancy from Telefónica I+D engineers, or exclusive webinars from BlueVia developers and Telefónica Digital ventures.If you form part of an entrepreneurial team and have an innovation, business idea, solution, design or project that meets a need in any of the following fields: Cloud services; Financial services; Future communications; User modeling; M2M; Digital Security; E-Health; Mobile applications and games; Network / Systems; Consumer Internet services; E-commerce; Localization services; Social innovation. Or in any other digital field associated with the web environment or mobile software, even if we do not yet know about it, whether or not you have created a company, Wayra can help you make it come true. | Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic & Ireland
Youth VentureInspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network.Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network. When the Venture team is ready to launch, Youth Venture offers: Seed funding of up to $1,000; Guidance, tools and support; Allies who provide advice, mentoring and expertise; A supportive network of fellow Youth Venturers; Identity as part of movement toward youth-led social changeCriteria for becoming a Youth Venture Team: You and your venture's leadership team are ages 12-20; Your venture benefits the community; Your venture is youth-created and youth-led; Your venture is a new organization or a major new program of an existing organization; Your venture is ongoing and sustainable (not a one-time project); Your venture has clear, attainable goals and a realistic budget; You are a part of a team that is trustworthy and committed to ethical standards.

 

 

Competitions / Awards

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Arthur Guinness FundTHE Arthur Guinness Fund is an innovative investment vehicle that supports the big ideas and the passion for community of social entrepreneurs We're looking to support social entrepreneurs who are leading or starting innovative projects to change Ireland for the better.
AshdenWe champion and promote practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, protect the environment, reduce poverty and improve people's lives.The Ashden Awards bring to light ground-breaking green energy champions in the UK and developing world and inspire others to follow. 
Balloon KenyaBalloon Kenya will support the most passionate and driven young people to find and implement solutions that improve lives.Balloon Kenya takes young people from the UK and teams them up with ambitious Kenyan youth groups to design new sustainable businesses. When participants return home with their newfound skills and confidence, we provide mentors and funding to those wanting to launch their own ventures.The programme is open to final year students, recent graduates and non-graduates under the age of 30 who can demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, drive, passion and ambition.
Big Venture ChallengeBig Venture Challenge is a national competition to find 25 of the most ambitious social entrepreneurs in England. (2011 was first one, might not happen again.)The 25 winners of Big Venture Challenge receive an initial £25K grant and the chance to access up to £150K of seed funding if matched by loans or equity from co-investors, plus first class business support and mentoring designed to keep pace with high growth social entrepreneurs.Big Venture Challenge is for social entrepreneurs who have already developed an ambitious growth strategy and are ready to implement that strategy to scale up at a rapid pace. Big Venture Challenge is aimed at start-ups with high potential that can demonstrate viable plans for growth as well as more established ventures that want to expand.
Bright Ideas TrustWe are a charity that helps young people in London who aren't in employment, education or training or who haven't had the same chances as the rest of society to start their own companies and learn business skills that will stay with them for life.Young people can apply for support - and get access to the Business Box (Training, Mentoring, Funding)(i) Aged between 16-30; (ii) Currently not in employment, education or training; (iii) Greater London based; The founder of a start-up or very early stage business, which can be: Commercial - it aims to generate profits; Sustainable - it can keep trading for at least 3 years; Scalable - it has the potential to grow in size over time (iv) An individual who can demonstrate that they: Are in need of charitable support e.g. Registered Disabled; Limited financial resources; Ethnic minority; Within or have experienced public care or the penal system; Are determined, committed and enthusiastic about owning their business; Have the interpersonal skills necessary to run their own business and to be open to learning new things from business experts.
Charity WorksCharityworks is run by a partnership of national charities. It offers a unique experience providing graduates and high flyers with the opportunity to gain experience across the charity sector.A salary (£15,000 per annum for 2011); Rotations in different charities throughout the programme; Social peer 2 peer networking; A professional management training programme; The chance to learn through a range of dynamic learning events; Exposure to a range of jobs in the corporate sector; The skills to equip you to work at first level management across the charity sector; The opportunity to learn with graduates working in the public and private sectorsWe are seeking people driven by a passion to make a difference, talented individuals who want the chance to share their ideas and skills with charities that share the same values. Applicants need to have some form of experience of volunteering or working in the charity/not for profit sector. This may include unpaid caring responsibilities within your home environment.
Clore Social Leadership ProgrammeThe Clore Social Leadership Programme is an ambitious attempt to build leadership capacity in the social sector at a time when the challenges and complexities of leadership in the sector continue to grow. The Programme aims to identify, develop and connect aspiring leaders in the wider social sector who are working for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK and internationally. The wider social sector includes a full range of social purpose non-profit activity - charities, community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, social landlords and housing associations, etc.Fully-funded Fellowships tailored to meet the individual development needs of aspiring leaders in the social sector. The Programme is made up of core elements that all Fellows will undertake, which include: 360 degree assessment to provide evidence of leadership competencies, individual strengths and potential; Residential weeks with the full cohort of Fellows; Shorter residential sessions and day workshops with groups of Fellows; Action learning sets in groups of Fellows; Networking opportunities, online and in person; An extended secondment in an unfamiliar working environment; Access to coaching support; A personal mentor (if required); A practice-based research project to develop Fellows' skills as critical users of research and to develop a wider evidence base for the sector. | The Fellowship can be undertaken intensively over 12 months (the full-time option), or part-time, over a period of up to 24 months. On applying, you need to tell us which option you would prefer. 
Compass PartnersCompass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business.The Compass Fellowship, supported by the Kenneth Cole Foundation, is a global family of young social innovators supported by peer and professional Mentors. The Compass Fellowship is a one-year program that identifies the most passionate first-year undergraduates at schools around the country, inspires them to start a social venture, and empowers them to solve the world's greatest problems with socially-conscious business.Compass Fellows: View the world as one big community; Are passionate about social change; See problems in the world and DO something about them; Make things happen; Think up new ways to do things and are eager to share; Jive with the Compass Values; Want to participate proactively in a community of equally passionate, driven, and socially-minded individuals
Dell Social Innovation CompetitionUniversity students of the world - share your innovative ideas for solving a social or environmental problem and compete for $750,000 in prizes and awards! Connect with students, find a mentor through our global community and get inspired to put your ideas into action.(i) Since 2007, more than 15,000 students from 90 countries have proposed more than 3,000 ideas for tackling social and environmental problems. We give participants the mentoring, tools and cash prizes needed to take their projects to the next level. (ii) Our challenge site will be the world's largest community of student social innovators. You'll get access to the learning, support and feedback you need to hone your innovations.Any undergrad or graduate student in any field of study, from any country, can enter our challenge. This isn't your traditional business plan competition - you can enter a project at any stage, whether you've just thought of an idea or are already running an organization. It doesn't matter if your idea is nonprofit or for-profit.
Deloitte Social Innovation PioneersDeloitte Social Innovation Pioneers aims to showcase up to 50 socially innovative businesses from across the UK and provide them with a package of support to help them mainstream, go to scale and become investment-ready.Winners receive a bespoke package of support. Benefits include: Deloitte support team, unique to each Pioneer, designed to create and manage your investment readiness plan; Invitation to a series of events and workshops, covering the following themes: Meetings with senior Deloitte partners and client contacts; Opportunities to pitch for additional support; Input and access to cutting edge research on the sector; Opportunity to be involved a truly two way partnership with Deloitte; Access to Deloitte Programme Logo; Access to Alumni networkAny legal structure; Small to medium sized organisations; Primary business operations based in the UK; A sustainable business model and the potential to grow
Echoing GreenEchoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society's most difficult problems.Echoing Green's world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. We offer: A stipend of $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years; A health insurance stipend; A yearly professional development stipend; Conferences led by organizational development experts; Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization; A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world. You can also browse the online resources: links to fellows' websites, blogposts and signposting servicesCriteria include: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; Organization must be the original idea of the applicant; Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible; Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization's development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies; Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However applicants based in the US must have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
Emerge Venture LabThe Emerge Venture Lab seeks to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to build system-defying solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The essence of the Lab is developing the entrepreneur, the vehicle by which we do this is their venture.The 2012 Lab provides support to student entrepreneurs on three key challenges of the venture development process: develop a business model, test your product with real customers and gain fundings. When you become part of the Lab, you gain access to incredible advisors. Lab ventures receive 1-on-1 advice from senior professionals at top consulting and legal firms and as well as our mentor community, which is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals and impact investors.All (or most) of the team must be present or recent (last 2 years) student of a UK university (any degree).
Entrepreneur CountryEntrepreneur Country is a community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and media who believe that entrepreneurship and independent business growth are vital to the future of the UK and Europe. The community meets twice a year and gathers online for information and inspiration and connections.  
Entrepreneur FirstFirst national graduate scheme for aspiring entrepreneurs.Support can be provided through sponsorship, mentorship and networking. They also have an interesting blog with convincing articles stating why in the present economic situation it's better to create a job than look for one.Application is free of charge. Applicant needs to be a final year student or a recent graduate (last two years) of a UK university.
Future 100 AwardsThe Future 100 Awards recognise the success of young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture.All Future 100 winners recieve: An invite to a Future 100 Celebration Event being held at Ernst & Young offices on Social Enterprise Day; Networking opportunities across sectors; A Media PR toolkit and Media Training; A one to one business clinic with a Striding Out coach; Access to networking and training opportunities throughout the year provided by Striding Out and our partners; PLUS, 10 winners who stand out for their achievements, will be selected from the chosen 100 to receive a package of specialist support from our sponsors.Applicants must be aged 18 - 35, and running a business with a social and environmental mission, with a local or global remit. The company must have a base in the UK.It is a competitive process and entrepreneurs will be selected based on the evidence they provide against the following judging criteria: Commercial Success; Social Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Environmental Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Innovation; Entrepreneurial Flair
GeovationGeovation is about helping communities address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise.Pitch your idea prototype at Geovation Camp. The aim at the end of the weekend is that you are part of a team that has developed a selected idea into a prototyped basic working model of a new venture. At the end of the Geovation Camp finalists (including for best use of OS OpenData) will be selected and invited to attend a Geovation Challenge Awards Showcase in May 2011.UK Residents age 18 or over
Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at London Business SchoolThe mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.Provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.Each entrant team must include a graduate student (current or recent graduate within two years from the date the plan is first submitted) from any masters-level or post-graduate higher education program in any area of study in the world. The graduate student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., actively participating in development of the business plan and presentation or actively working on the business).
Hub VenturesHub Ventures is a 12-week evening program providing funding and resources to a community of 16 entrepreneurs building for-profit solutions for a better world.Through the program, participants refine their business models and investor pitches while growing their networks of peers, mentors, and potential investors. Upon completion of the program, 3-4 ventures will receive $75,000 in seed funding (convertible debt) through a peer selection process that puts the investment decisions into the hands of the cohort. Additionally, participants will pitch to top Bay Area Impact Investors at Hub Ventures Investor DayEXPERIENCE: Top 5 position in a promising and innovative for-profit venture focused on reaching scale and achieving a measurable social impact. STAGE: Early: beyond idea, started prototyping, have customers, and legal formation completed. IMPACT: Ventures that create access and inclusion for marginalized populations locally and globally. Focus areas include (but are not limited to) education, healthcare, local living economies, food systems, Fair Trade, international development, mobile technology, affordable design, collaborative consumption, and off-grid power systems. A response to big and compelling problem coupled with a creative and systemic approach to tackling it. LOCATION: Must be Bay Area based during the duration of the program. PARTICIPATION: Only one team member per venture should attend programming. Ability to attend all Hub Ventures' events, meetings, and peer-review sessions during the 12-week cohort (mandatory gatherings will be evening based and will not exceed 3 hrs/week). Ability to present at the Hub Fast Pitch during the week of March 7-11. Availability to pitch at Hub Ventures Investor Day.
Kairos SocietyThe Kairos Society is a global network of top student and global leaders using entrepreneurship and innovation to solve the world's greatest challenges.The Kairos 50 (K50) annually recognizes the world's most innovative ventures started by university students. Members of the Kairos 50 will be given the chance to showcase their innovation on the trading floor of the NYSE and will also be invited to a private reception with a group of world leaders. Kairos fellows strive to develop meaningful ventures that create value for the global economy while improving the lives of billions of people around the world. In doing so, Kairos works to bridge the gaps -- between disciplines, cultures and generations -- that stifle transformative innovation.In order to be eligible, at least one of the founders of the company must be a current university student (not including Ph.D. candidates). Also, if chosen, the founding members must be available to attend the Kairos Global Summit in New York.
Live UnltdLive Unltd provides young people aged 11-21 with exciting opportunities to develop an idea which could change their community for the better.These young social entrepreneurs are awarded funding of up to £5,000 to start up their own social venture; from sports teams and recreational groups to hosting events, which is then coupled with non-financial support from a designated Live Unltd Development Manager in their region. The programme also gives young people the opportunity to erase the negative stereotypes associated with 'youth culture' in the media today and show that with the right financial and non-financial support, young people can become catalysts for positive social change within their community.Young entrepreneurs aged 11-21
Living Lab Global AwardsSince 2009, the Living Labs Global Award has worked together with cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas to present major societal challenges affecting more than 125 million people. In response, more than 800 solution providers have in the past two editions responded with often ground-breakingtechnologies, ready to meet those challenges.Companies, non-governmental organisations and research centres have invested in technologies that change our cities. The Living Labs Global Award 2012 will provide these innovators an opportunity to present their solutions directly to a leading group cities, receive a professional and documented evaluation, win a prestigious recognition for their efforts and an opportunity to enter a new market through a pilot.The Living Labs Global Award does not charge solution providers to keep the door wide open to innovations from all parts of the world, and all kinds of organisations. Only solutions that exist at least as prototypes, pilots, pre-commercial solutions or are fully ready for market deployment are accepted.
Lloyds Business Enterprise AwardsBy seeking out the best student and graduate entrepreneurial talent across the country, our Awards provide recognition for the great businesses of tomorrow.The Awards offer prize packages to help nurture and grow your business including: An overall cash investment of £50,000 to the national best enterprise; Cash investment prizes of up to £5,000 in the initial heats; Enhanced mentoring support packages at regional and national level; Business networking and promotional opportunities.You founded, or co-founded, your own business; You are either currently a student, or you have graduated in the past 5 years; You are 18 years of age or over; Your business is based in England, Scotland or Wales; Your business has been trading for more than one year.
Mass ChallengeTo catalyze a start-up renaissance. We connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately.MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include: (i) 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more; (ii) $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support; (iii) Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry; (iv) No equity taken. No restrictions applied. | Our primary activities include running an annual global startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events. 100+ finalist teams are matched with mentors and personalized free resources.Open to anyone, from anywhere, with any startup; Everyone gets training and access to resources; Highest impact, most viable startups win awards.
mtvUCollege media network supports social activism.Campaigns, fellowships and general activism opportunities. 
My Kinda CrowdTurn your ideas into cash, internships and prizes. Whatever you're interested in, there's a challenge for you. Come up with ideas of your own, or team up with friends. It's free, it's easy and it's your chance to be recognised by great companies and get rewarded.Sign up for free; Join a challenge; Submit your idea. | Benefits include: Prizes; Getting a job; Get noticed and link with businesses; Show off your talent and get noticed3 kinds of user: Student, Educator, Lecturer. Companies also post challenges for students to solve.
Net ImpactNet Impact is a new generation of leaders who use our careers to tackle the world's toughest problems. We put our business skills to work for good throughout every sector. By doing so, we show the world that it's possible to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but people and planet too.With Net Impact membership, you can expect to: Learn about latest trends and discover how your skills can be used towards a career for good; Connect with other changemakers to share world-changing ideas and provide career insight; Find opportunities to lead change on your campus, or in your workplace or community, while developing critical skills. | NOTE: You can also be Supporting Member or Lifetime Member: Net Impact's graduate and undergrad competitions give students the chance to apply their education to real-world CSR and sustainability projects, develop key business skills through hands-on opportunities, and compete for prizes and accolades. 
NHS Innovation Challenge PrizesThe NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes have been created to recognize and reward ideas that tackle some of the most challenging areas of healthcare. The Challenge Prizes aim to support innovation in the NHS, encouraging the development and spread of new ideas that will deliver better patient outcomes.The NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes will be awarded for the achievement of specific challenges, set out in advance. The challenges will range from significant improvements in delivery to major clinical breakthroughs. The awards will be substantial, with prize money amounts that reflect the nature of the challenge and the added value of the innovation to the NHS and its patients.Applications will be open to any NHS individual, group or organisation that wants to submit an entry. Entries will also be welcome from others such as universities and other academic institutions, third sector and social enterprises, as well as private sector organisations, although in these cases only if they are partnering with someone or some organisation within the NHS.
NUS - I am the ChangeWhat change do you want to make at your college or university? If your change gets the most votes, we'll help you launch your campaign!You can upload your picture on the website and write details of a positive change you'd like to make. This change could be about education, the community, the environment, personal development, health and wellbeing, careers or politics - it doesn't matter what it's about, or how big it is. You can vote for your favourite ideas, and the most popular ones will be in with a chance of receiving training and funding to help deliver the campaign.For college / university students only
O2 Think BigYoung people 13 to 25 years old in the UK can apply to get funding for their project. Projects need to help make things better in the applicant's local community.If selected: £300 cash for their project; Training and support; A Think Big merchandise pack; Communications tools; Support from the team of O2 helpers. | If they get invited to take their project further they could get: Up to £2500 cash for their project (given in stages); Free O2 broadband for a year; Support from O2 helpers; The chance to win gig tickets and merchandise for the project group; The opportunity to apply for an O2 apprenticeship.Think Big is for people aged 13 to 25 years old in the UK; Your project should be up and running within three months of being accepted. | And the big No No's: Think Big will not support projects that aim to convert people to a religion; You can't apply if your project is something you do for a living; It's not for promoting political parties; It cannot involve anything dangerous. | And you cannot apply directly for £2500, you must do your £300 project first, and only if everything is going really well might you get invited to apply for more.
P.A.S.S VisionWe would like to see residents actively participate in making BD3 a better, stronger and safer place.Catalyst Challenge Awards are aimed at individuals or informal groups of people who have an idea which will change the Bradford Moor neighbourhood for the better, and want help getting it off the ground. The money is to help with the running costs of the projectThese awards are for people who: Have an idea which will benefit the Bradford Moor / BD3 neighbourhood; Have thought about how they will run their project; Have some evidence that there is a need for their project; Will learn a new skill from carrying out their project; Are able to match fund any funding provided by PASS
Power 30 Under 30The Power 30 Under 30™ Awards honors thirty outstanding individuals under the age of thirty around the world that have achieved extraordinary success.Young leaders are recognized from the following categories: Arts, Entertainment, & Media; Business; Community Service; Politics; Science & Technology; Sports.The Power 30 Under 30™ are young professionals who have accomplished much at a young age. Despite their diverse backgrounds, ranging from humble beginnings to generations of wealth, they have one thing in common: the ability to excel at what they do on their own merit. They also realize the tremendous importance of giving back to the community to help those in need.
Schwab Foundation for Social EntrepreneurshipThe Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum. Throughout the year, the Schwab Foundation Foundation sets up opportunities whereby specific individuals and leaders of companies and public sector organizations can come into contact with social entrepreneurs working in areas of relevance to their activities.(i) The Foundation identifies and highlights the world's leading social entrepreneurs: Annually, the Foundation and its Partners select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs through national "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" competitions and regional selection processes in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. (ii) The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurs and supports the replication of their methodologies among each other. (iiI) It supports the participation and active involvement of its selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum. These meetings offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders. (iv) Social entrepreneurs participate in Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the Forum's Global Agenda Councils. The Foundation works with selected companies to advance specific activities of social entrepreneurs or initiatives that support social entrepreneurship (partners). (v) The Foundation works with the Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs with a significant impact under the age of 40. (vi) The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the selected social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs for incorporation in undergraduate and graduate level courses. (vii) Online resources (publications, cases, inspirational videos);For Social entrepreneurs only. When selecting the members for its network, the Schwab Foundation applies a number of criteria that together characterize an outstanding social entrepreneur. The top 3 most important criteria are: Innovation, sustainability and direct social impact.
SIFESIFE brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.(i) Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious SIFE World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE's leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent. (ii) On the website: inspirational videos showcasing how SIFE operates and what are the outcomes for the community and for the student and presentation of SIFE success stories. (iii) Career connections initiatives: They are intended to enhance the connection between SIFE students and alumni and SIFE donor companies. These initiatives are typically organized at the national level, and depending on the country, involve a variety of activities such as career fairs held in conjunction with SIFE events, online job postings, career publications and other exclusive content and resources. (iv) The leadership programs are developed to further improve upon this connectivity between students, faculty and executives that participate in SIFE and provide even greater opportunities for SIFE participants to connect, collaborate and learn from one another.University students
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at OxfordThe Skoll Centre is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. We foster innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration.(i) Developing Talent: we offer world-class graduate education that provides students with the vision and skills to bring together market-based approaches and social innovation. (ii) Advancing Research: we generate research that contributes to the theory of social entrepreneurship and its practical applications to address critical global challenges whilst developing and supporting a network of academics and practitioners to disseminate this knowledge globally. (iii) Creating a Collaborative Hub: we connect social entrepreneurs with thought leaders and key players in business, government, and philanthropy to enhance social impact.Scholarship: The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors.To be considered, candidates must apply in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Oxford MBA application rounds and must have started or worked in a social venture for 12 months or longer.
Skoll FoundationTheir mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world's most pressing problems.Each year the Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship to a small number of social entrepreneurs who are solving the world's most pressing problems. The Skoll Award includes a core support grant to the organization to be paid over three years and a noncash award to the social entrepreneur that is presented at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.Qualifying organizations for Social Entrepreneurship will be evaluated against the following criteria: (i) Impact potential: Organization's innovation is positioned to directly affect policy, behavior and/or infrastructure/system(s) on a large scale and can show evidence of significant impact already achieved. (ii) Inflection:Organization has a proven approach that has already been implemented with success and is now ready to apply the approach on a much larger scale. (iii) Innovation: Organization has an approach that fundamentally disrupts the status quo to solve social and/or environmental problems. (iv) Issue: Organization works on an issue that is identified by the Skoll Foundation as one of world's most pressing problems. (v) Skoll leverage: Organization will benefit from engaging with Skoll Foundation beyond a purely funding relationship, such as collaboration with our network of entrepreneurs or access to media opportunities. (vi) Social entrepreneur: Organization is led by a visionary social entrepreneur. (vii) Sustainability: Organization has a clear, compelling plan for expanding impact and achieving long-term financial and operational sustainability.
Social Innovation CampWhat happens when you get a bunch of software developers and social innovators together, give them a set of social problems and only 48 hours to solve them?The Social Innovation Camp takes a set of ideas for web-based tools that will create social change and develops them over one weekend. Working with a diverse range of people, participants organise themselves into teams and help make a back-of-the-envelop idea into a working prototype - complete with working software - in just two days. We're hoping that by the end of the weekend you'll be part of a team with a basic working model for a new venture. The event will close with a Show and Tell pitching competition which will include some prizes for the winning ideas which demonstrate the greatest potential to create real change. Finally, start your venture! Start your venture! Social Innovation Camp is all about creating the relationships needed to start new projects and we hope your ideas won't end with the weekend. The Social Innovation Camp team aims to give you a helping hand after the Camp to build on what you've created. 
Startup FactoriesStartup Factories is a guide to accelerator programmes in the European Union. It grew from a NESTA research project which looked at the rise of such programmes in the United States and Europe and found that there was a need for better information for founders about what programmes were available in Europe and how to apply for them.List of the European startup accelerators that match their stringent criteria (about 20). Also, a short list of other EU seed funders. 
Teach FirstTeach First's mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.(i) Teach First Challenge: Join the Teach First team in some of the UK's biggest races, trek or cycle through incredible places in our overseas adventures, or take on your own challenge to support us in ensuring every young person is given the same chances in life, no matter what background they are born into. (ii) Teach First produces a range of publications around the issue of addressing educational disadvantage. These include our annual review, quarterly bulletin and our Policy First publications - a bi-annual policy document written and edited by over 500 Teach First teachers to help shape education policy for the future. 
TED and TEDxTED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.(i) The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, the wish is unveiled at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. Over the life of the prize, wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. TED Prize winners need to be nominated. (ii) The TED Fellows helps world-changing innovators from around the globe become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED Fellows, TEDGlobal Fellows, and TED Senior Fellows are drawn from many disciplines that reflect the diversity of TED's members: technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, NGOs, business and more. (iii) Join the TED Conversations, share your thoughts and read what people to answer to questions like "What's one thing you wish you had learned in school?" (iv) Watch the TEDtalks for free online.For the fellowship: We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs. We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40 from five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East. However, anyone over the age 18 from around the world is welcome to apply.
TeenBizevery month two students (one social enterprise, one business enterprise) will receive up to £500 start up funding, a business mentor and a start up pack.We're calling it 'Business in a Box' which will give students items they need to do business for real; for example Companies House set up, business cards, a website, a stationery voucher, office space, USB sticks, logo design, legal advice and virtual PA service. Winners will also receive a Natwest business abnk account.TeenBiz is open to anyone 13-18 years old. Students of all education levels, across the UK - no one is left out! You maybe studying in school or college, be home tutored, be doing an apprenticeship or be in a job. Your business could be in its early stages or a totally new idea ready to launch. As long as you are 13-18 years old with a good, solid business idea we want to hear from you.
TennerTenner is a nationwide campaign which promotes enterprise among young people in Britain. Its an annual competition where tens of thousands of school children across the UK are loaned a ten pound note for a month and challenged to make money, make a difference and give back. The competition runs from 1st March - 31st March and challenges up to 40,000 young people aged 5 to 19 to Make Money, Make a Difference and Give Back. Once the challenge is over, participants are asked to return their original loan, encouraged to donate at least 20% to a good cause and reinvest the remaining profit into their business. Awards are offered to the student/students who have the biggest profit, deliver the most social impact or the best business idea.Register online for the competition; Inspirational online Case studiesAnybody who is attending school or college from the age of 5 - 19. An education institute will need to act as a guarantor.
The DoNationDonate by doing.The DoNation is here to make sustainable living fun, social, and mainstream. It's about doing. It's about action. It's about creating a brighter, greener, healthier and more sustainable nation. And it's about having fun, together. The DoNation brings you an exciting new form of sponsorship: you take part in a challenge and instead of parting with their pennies, your friends show their support with action, green action: They donate by doing. 
The Social Venture FundThe Social Venture Fund invests in social businesses, which have innovative and entrepreneurial driven solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Social Venture Fund is a unique way to enable and participate in successful, as well as sustainable social change, by investing into carefully selected companies.Growth Financing: Identification of outstanding social businesses; Determination of capital needs and adequate forms of financing; Definition of miletstones and repayment of capital; Infrastructure Support; Management and legal support through selected experts; Network access; Academic support through co-operations with universities.We are always looking for exceptional social entrepreneurs from all around the world. Ventures, which are supported by the Social Venture Fund, must have proven success on the market (proof-of-concept) and also be willing and able to expand. (See section Investment Criteria)
Transatlantic Network 2020Transatlantic Network 2020 works to strengthen ties between Europe and North America through the creation of a sustainable network of young leaders.Designed to run until 2020, we are creating an expanding network of emerging leaders (25-35 yrs.) from the fields of business, arts, academia, civil society, media, science and politics, and encouraging and empowering them to develop solutions to global issues. These young people from Europe and North America are working to revitalise links and build new connections for the future. 
UnltdUnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.Online resources: directory of projects, Examples of social entrepreneurship, links to funding organisations/websites, links to organisations supporting social entrepreneurs, Reports and articles on social enterprise, Reports and articles on social entrepreneurship, links to University courses and research centres, links to Volunteering bodies. | UnLtdWorld: Online international platform that helps social entrepreneurs connect with each other, share information, build a community, do business, find resources, network. Registration is free.Different Eligibility Questionnaires for each level of awards.
Vodafone World of DifferenceEach year, the World of Difference UK programme gives 500 people the chance to work for a UK charity of their choice - either full-time for two months or part-time for four.Your chosen charity benefits from your skills and experience for the period of your placement at no cost to themselves. In return, you get to work for a cause you believe in and get paid for it.You are eligible to apply if you are over 18 (at the time you begin your placement), a resident of the UK and eligible to work in the UK.
Young Achievers AwardsThe Young Achievers Trust supports inspirational young volunteers in delivering projects which make differences to the communities across England. We have done this through providing unique awards packages of support and development opportunities to outstanding volunteers.Students can nominate a Young Achiever for the Awards (various categories: Young Arts Achiever, Young Community Achiever, Young Environment Achiever, Young Sport Achiever). They can also help in any way: by volunteering some of your time, nominating a Young Achiever or donating / fundraising for the Trust. For the young people who receive the award: As well as recognising the achievements of exceptional young people, the Award offers them 12 months of support and development opportunities, enabling them to realise their passions and make an even greater impact in their communities. Note: Interesting to read about the inspiring previous Young Achievers winners. 
Young FoundationThe Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs.We work across the UK and internationally - carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology.We manage three social venture funds: Health, Learning and Youth Leadership. Each has a portfolio of ventures underway which range across the public, non-profit and commercial sectors. 

 

 

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Ashfield Business Enterprise and Development LtdThe ILM Level 5 Diploma in Social Enterprise Support is a qualification specifically designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of advisors/consultants working within a social enterprise environment. They also provide valuable guidance for managers working within this specialist sector. There are no formal entry requirements for all level 2 and 3 qualifications, however you will normally have a business idea or be currently employed. Learners who have no formal qualifications in management but have several years experience and have completed some formal training in the role may also participate. The level 5 qualification in Social Enterprise Support will require you to be involved with, and have a working understanding of, Social Enterprise.
Aspen Network of Development EntrepreneursA global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Our members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries. Ultimately, we seek to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.ANDE identifies common strategic challenges and opportunities facing SGBs, and, based on these findings, provides programs and services for our members and the sector as a whole. We aspire to be the leading convener and conduit for organizations and individuals committed to building SGBs in the developing world. We act as a trusted advocate for the SGB sector, educating investors and policy makers about the extraordinary opportunity the sector represents. 
Beyond Profit - Cambridge UniversityOur mission is to inspire and support students to make the world a better place through their career or through entrepreneurship. Our success is based on helping students to get their ideal jobs and to turn their ideas into businesses. Whether you are interested in social business, international development, the environment, or just think you should be doing something good, Beyond Profit is a great place to find out more.
Bright Ideas TrustWe are a charity that helps young people in London who aren't in employment, education or training or who haven't had the same chances as the rest of society to start their own companies and learn business skills that will stay with them for life.Young people can apply for support - and get access to the Business Box (Training, Mentoring, Funding)(i) Aged between 16-30; (ii) Currently not in employment, education or training; (iii) Greater London based; The founder of a start-up or very early stage business, which can be: Commercial - it aims to generate profits; Sustainable - it can keep trading for at least 3 years; Scalable - it has the potential to grow in size over time (iv) An individual who can demonstrate that they: Are in need of charitable support e.g. Registered Disabled; Limited financial resources; Ethnic minority; Within or have experienced public care or the penal system; Are determined, committed and enthusiastic about owning their business; Have the interpersonal skills necessary to run their own business and to be open to learning new things from business experts.
British Library Business and IP centreThe British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business.  
Bromley by Bow CentreThe Bromley by Bow Centre is an innovative community organisation in East London, working in one of the most deprived wards in the UK.We support people across a range of projects and services in 4 main ways: We support people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles; We enable people to learn new skills; We support people to become less grant dependent and to find work; We provide the tools to create an enterprising community. 
Business in the CommunityWe are a business-led charity with a growing membership of 850 companies. We advise, support and challenge our members to create a sustainable future for people and the planet and to improve business performance. Our members work with us to define what responsibility looks like in the workplace, marketplace, community and the environment - and we share what we learn about driving performance through responsible business practice.Online resources: publications, case studies, signposting services on CSR; Volunteering opportunities; Range of in-house training courses on responsible business practices 
Center for the Advancement of Social EntrepreneurshipIn promoting the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact, CASE develops and disseminates knowledge, provides links to relevant external resources, and seeks to engage social entrepreneurs and community organizations with our students and work.  
ChangemakersWe work to unlock the leadership potential of young people. Our ambition is to create a world in which young people have the confidence to lead in business, public life and society at large, and everyone understands that we need them to.(i) Leadership Development: We offer a year long programme of training, coaching, peer support and real world leadership experiences for young people, helping them become more aware of and better able to harness their leadership potential. This programme brings out young people's confidence to lead and builds awareness of their values, identity and leadership style. (ii) Organisational Development: We offer practical, hands on support and advice for organisations who want to nurture and unlock the leadership potential of young people. (iii) Campaigning: We pave the way for young people to become leaders by fighting against the barriers that prevent them from exercising leadership - demonstrating to policy and decision makers the value and potential of young leaders and persuading them to let this happen. 
Charity WorksCharityworks is run by a partnership of national charities. It offers a unique experience providing graduates and high flyers with the opportunity to gain experience across the charity sector.A salary (£15,000 per annum for 2011); Rotations in different charities throughout the programme; Social peer 2 peer networking; A professional management training programme; The chance to learn through a range of dynamic learning events; Exposure to a range of jobs in the corporate sector; The skills to equip you to work at first level management across the charity sector; The opportunity to learn with graduates working in the public and private sectorsWe are seeking people driven by a passion to make a difference, talented individuals who want the chance to share their ideas and skills with charities that share the same values. Applicants need to have some form of experience of volunteering or working in the charity/not for profit sector. This may include unpaid caring responsibilities within your home environment.
Clearly SoWe connect social enterprises with investors & the corporate world. ClearlySo connects social business, enterprise, commerce and investment. Our goal is to grow the social economy.Workshops; Professional and PR Consultancy (2 hours free for members) and online publications; Networking events; Copyright services 
Community MattersWe stand for the collective action of ordinary people within their neighbourhood through inclusive, locally-rooted and accountable community organisations.(i) Membership: By creating a national network of community organisations and activists who share our vision and support our aims. Our membership is constantly evolving to meet changing social needs, and includes multipurpose community organisations, communities of interest, local support and infrastructure bodies, and Associates. Members are supported with a comprehensive range of tool kits and hands-on advice and support, and help shape the direction of Community Matters by electing representatives to the National Executive Committee. (ii) Services: By developing and delivering low-cost, targeted and practical support. This includes training and consultancy; free advice and legal services; business development support; online resources; and a dedicated youth department. We also offer deliver specialist programmes like Communitybuilders and Community Assets Matter, along with campaigns such as Red Flags crisis management and The YES Project for youth engagement. To underpin our committment to the highest standard of community work we developed VISIBLE Communities™, comprising our nationally recognised quality standard and development tools. (iii) Campaigning: By building a comprehensive programme of external affairs work covering policy, parliamentary affairs, communications and a growing portfolio of research work. We also seek to enable community activists by providing campaigning resources and briefings on legal and regulatory issues. In addition we are a member of and provide the secretariat for the Community Sector Law Monitoring Group, which lobbies on behalf of 15 voluntary and community sector networks. 
Compass PartnersCompass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business.The Compass Fellowship, supported by the Kenneth Cole Foundation, is a global family of young social innovators supported by peer and professional Mentors. The Compass Fellowship is a one-year program that identifies the most passionate first-year undergraduates at schools around the country, inspires them to start a social venture, and empowers them to solve the world's greatest problems with socially-conscious business.Compass Fellows: View the world as one big community; Are passionate about social change; See problems in the world and DO something about them; Make things happen; Think up new ways to do things and are eager to share; Jive with the Compass Values; Want to participate proactively in a community of equally passionate, driven, and socially-minded individuals
Deloitte Social Innovation PioneersDeloitte Social Innovation Pioneers aims to showcase up to 50 socially innovative businesses from across the UK and provide them with a package of support to help them mainstream, go to scale and become investment-ready.Winners receive a bespoke package of support. Benefits include: Deloitte support team, unique to each Pioneer, designed to create and manage your investment readiness plan; Invitation to a series of events and workshops, covering the following themes: Meetings with senior Deloitte partners and client contacts; Opportunities to pitch for additional support; Input and access to cutting edge research on the sector; Opportunity to be involved a truly two way partnership with Deloitte; Access to Deloitte Programme Logo; Access to Alumni networkAny legal structure; Small to medium sized organisations; Primary business operations based in the UK; A sustainable business model and the potential to grow
Directory of Social ChangeDirectory of Social Change (DSC) is an independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change.We contribute towards positive social change by: Championing the needs of small and medium voluntary sector organisations; Providing practical training courses including the DSC Fundraising Training courses; Running conferences, seminars, briefings and Charityfair (the biggest annual training forum for the sector); Researching and publishing reference guides and handbooks; Producing a free monthly e-newsletter packed with information and special offers - subscribe to DSC e-news. 
Duke of EdinburghLeading youth Charity the DofE gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.DofE programme: You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. + small participation fee.You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there's more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
Eastern Enterprise HubEastern Enterprise Hub is a dynamic organisation delivering real economic growth, by encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship, social enterprises and start-up businesses throughout the East.We achieve our goals through and deliver strong support for would-be entrepreneurs through: (i) The Enterprise Academy (16-18 year olds); (ii) The School for Social Entrepreneurs - Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and cambridgeshire (SSE); (iii) The 5th Floor Business Club - our unique student to business network; (iv) Wider Enterprise Support 
Emerge Venture LabThe Emerge Venture Lab seeks to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to build system-defying solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The essence of the Lab is developing the entrepreneur, the vehicle by which we do this is their venture.The 2012 Lab provides support to student entrepreneurs on three key challenges of the venture development process: develop a business model, test your product with real customers and gain fundings. When you become part of the Lab, you gain access to incredible advisors. Lab ventures receive 1-on-1 advice from senior professionals at top consulting and legal firms and as well as our mentor community, which is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals and impact investors.All (or most) of the team must be present or recent (last 2 years) student of a UK university (any degree).
English Speaking UnionThe ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. By building skills and confidence in communication, we give people the opportunity to realise their potential.Our vision is to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities. 
Enterprise LabEnterprise Lab was set up as a direct response to the emerging skills gap between education to employment and to develop a more robust and transparent support portal for aspiring young entrepreneurs.We have carefully developed a wide range of programmes to inspire young people in developing their skills and experiences for a more rewarding and progressive future. Our approach is holistic and flexible, it is important for us to understand the individual requirements before putting programmes in place; we work alongside educational and external establishments and other forward thinking partners to provide a range of services and programmes that deliver tangible, rewarding and inspiring results. Our ethos is to enhance employability through conscious and ethical programming and encourage enterprise as a part of the stabilisation and growth of the UK economy. 
Entrepreneur FirstFirst national graduate scheme for aspiring entrepreneurs.Support can be provided through sponsorship, mentorship and networking. They also have an interesting blog with convincing articles stating why in the present economic situation it's better to create a job than look for one.Application is free of charge. Applicant needs to be a final year student or a recent graduate (last two years) of a UK university.
Forth Sector DevelopmentWe are leaders in thinking and practice in the fields of procurement, community benefit, social impact, organisational transformation and employability. For these reasons, our professional consultancy services, advice and support are sought nationally and internationally.Our Services Include: Procurement support to the Public and Private Sector; Procurement support including tender writing support to the Third Sector; Development of policy in the field of social enterprise; Support in the development of employability programmes; Best advice, training and support in Impact Measurement; Business coaching and mentoring in a wide range of business skills. 
Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)In April 2007, philanthropist Emma Harrison, made the decision to start a charity that would allow her donations, and those of others, to give small charities the strategic support they need to stay open and be there for everyone who needed their help.(i) WE BUILD KNOWLEDGE - for free. About what? - Fundraising. Why? - Because without a secure income you, as small charities, cannot plan, improve or even guarantee you will be around to help those who depend upon you. (ii) WE HELP YOU BUILD YOUR SKILLS in applying for funds, running events and appeals, learning how to look after your donations and how to communicate properly with your donors. We throw in the odd international expert to inspire you and event for you to take part in too.Must be a small charity for free services; large charities pay for consultancy.
FreshteamWe are Freshteam, a pioneering social enterprise passionate about youth empowerment. We support young people with their entrepreneurial ideas and philanthropic ventures.One to One Support; Presentations and Workshops; Adult SupportAimed at young people - schools and young adults
Future 100 AwardsThe Future 100 Awards recognise the success of young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture.All Future 100 winners recieve: An invite to a Future 100 Celebration Event being held at Ernst & Young offices on Social Enterprise Day; Networking opportunities across sectors; A Media PR toolkit and Media Training; A one to one business clinic with a Striding Out coach; Access to networking and training opportunities throughout the year provided by Striding Out and our partners; PLUS, 10 winners who stand out for their achievements, will be selected from the chosen 100 to receive a package of specialist support from our sponsors.Applicants must be aged 18 - 35, and running a business with a social and environmental mission, with a local or global remit. The company must have a base in the UK.It is a competitive process and entrepreneurs will be selected based on the evidence they provide against the following judging criteria: Commercial Success; Social Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Environmental Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Innovation; Entrepreneurial Flair
GeovationGeovation is about helping communities address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise.Pitch your idea prototype at Geovation Camp. The aim at the end of the weekend is that you are part of a team that has developed a selected idea into a prototyped basic working model of a new venture. At the end of the Geovation Camp finalists (including for best use of OS OpenData) will be selected and invited to attend a Geovation Challenge Awards Showcase in May 2011.UK Residents age 18 or over
Global Forum 40Global Forum 40 is a youth led initiative, creating peer led action.Acting as a bridge between local communities and traditions, we generate new ideas to give young people the skills to become leaders in society. Empowered by our mission we aim to create real, tangible and lasting social change in the field of sexual health & HIV. 
Global Social Benefit IncubatorThe Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBITM) empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that solve problems for people living in poverty around the world.We work with organizations that create value by lifting people out of poverty, utilizing self-sustaining community practices, and developing low-cost solutions. The GSBI is a combination of online, experiential, and skill-building offerings in a ten-month program.Applications are reviewed against a set of criteria based on key factors that characterize successful past participants. These include: Technology and/or product and service proof of concept; Potential for replication; A commitment to scaling by building earned income streams; Promise of solution of a social problem if the enterprise can be brought to scale; Strength of leadership and organization (the senior-most executive of organizations must attend)
Goldsmiths UniversityMA in Social EntrepreneurshipThe programme is designed to encourage you to continue to innovate, and to provide the requisite business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to create a strong social - and, where appropriate, financial - return on your social, creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge.You should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant subject, or relevant industry experience. If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element).
Hub Venture LabsAn incubator for social entrepreneurs that delivers a wide range of programmes, support and workshops.Supporting innovation and invention through ideation events; running multiple incubator programs from 4 to 12 weeks, some with investment prizes; providing customised non-financial support programmes on behalf of investors and foundations; holding regular office hours and keynote Q&A sessions for social entrepreneurs and impact investors; promoting active collaboration between all parties in the social enterprise ecosystem. HVL's aims to create better, more sustainable social businesses, to encourage impact investing and new forms of hybrid finance and to champion social entrepreneurs across Europe. 
Hult International Business SchoolMaster of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE)Hult's pioneering Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) gives you the skills necessary to engage in successful issue advocacy, creative problem-solving, and project development. Graduates will be empowered to act as effective leaders of change either via new ventures of their own or through existing for-profit, non-profit, and governmental institutions. The program emphasizes building core business skills optimized for socio-political contexts.Successful applicants generally: Possess a Bachelor degree or equivalent; Are 21 years or older; Have English proficiency; GMAT preferred but not essential for MIB; GMAT and/or GRE scores required for MFIN; The course costs £30,000 or $40,000.
Institute for Social EntrepreneursThe Institute for Social Entrepreneurs provides seminars, workshops and coaching services for social enterprises in the United States and around the world.  
Less Ordinary LivingLess Ordinary Living is for if you believe "Life's too short to be Ordinary". We provide inspiration and coaching to take control of your career, grow your start-up business or create a balanced lifestyle.Less Ordinary Living is about supporting you in three areas: (i) Career - how to take control of your career and find work you love; (ii) Start-up - how to bring your start-up idea to life and grow a profitable business; (iii) Lifestyle - how to balance career success with achieving personal goals. We offer coaching, the best resources and fresh blog posts, and share success stories from clients who have found success each in area. Less Ordinary Living is based in London and has provided coaching to hundreds of professional clients across the globe. We work with anyone who is looking to take control of their career and do something different and more satisfying. 
LivityLivity is a youth engagement agency. We work with young people every day to co-create campaigns, content and communities.Inviting young people from all backgrounds into our office, to take part in our working world, and receive mentoring, training, guidance, support, advice and ultimately access and empowerment to education and employment. Involving young people in the co creation of positive and effective social campaigns, content, communities and communications for brands, government, charities and broadcasters, that reach out to a mass youth audience. 
Mass ChallengeTo catalyze a start-up renaissance. We connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately.MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include: (i) 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more; (ii) $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support; (iii) Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry; (iv) No equity taken. No restrictions applied. | Our primary activities include running an annual global startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events. 100+ finalist teams are matched with mentors and personalized free resources.Open to anyone, from anywhere, with any startup; Everyone gets training and access to resources; Highest impact, most viable startups win awards.
My Social InnovationMySI is a dynamic project that gives free training to 13-21 year olds in skills and techniques that you won't learn in school like Time Management, Presentation Skills, Communications and Project Planning. MySI also gives all participants a chance to use their talents to make a real and lasting change. Participants can become "Social Innovators" by creating youth-led projects designed to make a difference. We do this through a process of project development that isn't found anywhere else and that anyone can do.Three stages: Training, Project Development and Launch & Mentoring (young people can choose to do only level 1).Young people aged 13-21 from all backgrounds
NACUENACUE is a grassroots charity that supports and represents student-led enterprise societies and young entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship in Universities and Colleges across the UK. It was developed by student enterprise societies for student enterprise societies.NACUE works to invigorate entrepreneurship within colleges and universities by accelerating the dynamic growth of student enterprise societies and strengthening their role in their institutions' wider strategy. It provides student enterprise societies and staff with mentoring, guidance and resources to achieve this goal. It offers colleges and universities the following services: Custom On-site Enterprise Society Training; Design of Student-Centred Enterprise Strategies; Independent Enterprise Audits; Networking opportunities (students can buy tickets for networking events); Blog is full of information, inspiring stories and videos; Students can sign up for the newsletter. 
National Coordinating Centre for Public EngagementWe help universities engage with the public.We are inviting every university in the UK to sign up to our Manifesto for Public Engagement, which encourages institutions to commit to supporting and sharing their public engagement activity. We promote best practice in public engagement and provide a single point of contact for the whole higher education sector. We also work strategically with our key national partners to help develop work across the sector. 
New Economic FoundationAn independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.Areas of research: Well-being, Democracy and Participation, Social Policy, Finance and Business, Climate Change and Energy, Values what matters, Local Economies, Natural Economies. 
NUS - I am the ChangeWhat change do you want to make at your college or university? If your change gets the most votes, we'll help you launch your campaign!You can upload your picture on the website and write details of a positive change you'd like to make. This change could be about education, the community, the environment, personal development, health and wellbeing, careers or politics - it doesn't matter what it's about, or how big it is. You can vote for your favourite ideas, and the most popular ones will be in with a chance of receiving training and funding to help deliver the campaign.For college / university students only
O2 Think BigYoung people 13 to 25 years old in the UK can apply to get funding for their project. Projects need to help make things better in the applicant's local community.If selected: £300 cash for their project; Training and support; A Think Big merchandise pack; Communications tools; Support from the team of O2 helpers. | If they get invited to take their project further they could get: Up to £2500 cash for their project (given in stages); Free O2 broadband for a year; Support from O2 helpers; The chance to win gig tickets and merchandise for the project group; The opportunity to apply for an O2 apprenticeship.Think Big is for people aged 13 to 25 years old in the UK; Your project should be up and running within three months of being accepted. | And the big No No's: Think Big will not support projects that aim to convert people to a religion; You can't apply if your project is something you do for a living; It's not for promoting political parties; It cannot involve anything dangerous. | And you cannot apply directly for £2500, you must do your £300 project first, and only if everything is going really well might you get invited to apply for more.
On PurposeOn Purpose is a new leadership programme for the next generation of high-flyers who will use the power of business to make a difference in the world. Today's talent are tomorrow's leaders who will help solve society's biggest problems. We believe that if we find the most inspiring people, provide them with the right experience and give them world-class training, then great things will happen.(i) The leadership programme: On Purpose selects a small number of the best and brightest of today's talent to become part of the leadership programme, so-called On Purpose Associates. During the programme, Associates work on two different six-month placements with purpose-driven organisations including the Young Foundation, Comic Relief and O2, providing real-life experience of large, small, established and start-up enterprises; corporations, not-for-profits and charities; all with a common purpose of operating for good.. They work on their placements for four and a half days a week and contribute real value to their hosts. For this work, the Associates are paid £20,000 per year pro rata. (ii) Every Friday afternoon, all the On Purpose Associates come together for half a day's training; this involves elements of peer development and self development, but importantly also a formal programme covering commercial and social topics that is delivered by professionals from a range of private and social sector organisations.On Purpose Associates will have several years of experience and may have post-graduate study qualifications as well, e.g., an MBA. They will not only have an impressive academic history but also an inspiring track record of achievement in and outside of their work.
People and PlanetIt is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.We work with students in schools, colleges and universities. We provide skills training, events, education activities, encouragement and communications to over 25,000 people. What can students do? (i) Give monthly - at a rate you can afford or make quick, secure, online card donation; (ii) Start a student group at your school, college or university; (iii) Book a workshop: I'm a teacher or I'm a student; (iv) Take action online; (v) Volunteer 
Real Ideas OrganisationWe use social enterprise to create new opportunities for young people and adults, making real change happen.Our five business units provide everything from pioneering qualifications to schools consultancy, from hand crafted skate ramps to stand out venues; all with a social enterprise flavour.Wide range of customers: headteachers, schools and youth groups to local authorities, private businesses and individuals
Restless DevelopmentYouth-led Development Agency. We train, educate, support and inspire young people to lead development in their countries and communities. We help young people make responsible choices about their health and their livelihoods. We give them the skills they need to contribute positively to society. We create the opportunity for young people to play active roles in policy and decision making.You could do anything: Live on £1 a day for 5 days with Live Below The Line; Climb Mount Kilimanjaro; Put on your own event; Volunteer; Donate 
Schwab Foundation for Social EntrepreneurshipThe Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum. Throughout the year, the Schwab Foundation Foundation sets up opportunities whereby specific individuals and leaders of companies and public sector organizations can come into contact with social entrepreneurs working in areas of relevance to their activities.(i) The Foundation identifies and highlights the world's leading social entrepreneurs: Annually, the Foundation and its Partners select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs through national "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" competitions and regional selection processes in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. (ii) The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurs and supports the replication of their methodologies among each other. (iiI) It supports the participation and active involvement of its selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum. These meetings offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders. (iv) Social entrepreneurs participate in Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the Forum's Global Agenda Councils. The Foundation works with selected companies to advance specific activities of social entrepreneurs or initiatives that support social entrepreneurship (partners). (v) The Foundation works with the Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs with a significant impact under the age of 40. (vi) The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the selected social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs for incorporation in undergraduate and graduate level courses. (vii) Online resources (publications, cases, inspirational videos);For Social entrepreneurs only. When selecting the members for its network, the Schwab Foundation applies a number of criteria that together characterize an outstanding social entrepreneur. The top 3 most important criteria are: Innovation, sustainability and direct social impact.
SETASThe UK's one-stop marketplace for social enterprise training and support.Directory of Support Providers - Discussion groups - Online Resources - Directory of courses 
SIFESIFE brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.(i) Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious SIFE World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE's leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent. (ii) On the website: inspirational videos showcasing how SIFE operates and what are the outcomes for the community and for the student and presentation of SIFE success stories. (iii) Career connections initiatives: They are intended to enhance the connection between SIFE students and alumni and SIFE donor companies. These initiatives are typically organized at the national level, and depending on the country, involve a variety of activities such as career fairs held in conjunction with SIFE events, online job postings, career publications and other exclusive content and resources. (iv) The leadership programs are developed to further improve upon this connectivity between students, faculty and executives that participate in SIFE and provide even greater opportunities for SIFE participants to connect, collaborate and learn from one another.University students
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at OxfordThe Skoll Centre is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. We foster innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration.(i) Developing Talent: we offer world-class graduate education that provides students with the vision and skills to bring together market-based approaches and social innovation. (ii) Advancing Research: we generate research that contributes to the theory of social entrepreneurship and its practical applications to address critical global challenges whilst developing and supporting a network of academics and practitioners to disseminate this knowledge globally. (iii) Creating a Collaborative Hub: we connect social entrepreneurs with thought leaders and key players in business, government, and philanthropy to enhance social impact.Scholarship: The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors.To be considered, candidates must apply in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Oxford MBA application rounds and must have started or worked in a social venture for 12 months or longer.
Social Enterprise AcademyWe tailor learning and development for people working in, or towards, a leadership role in the social economy.Our leadership, enterprise, and social impact programmes encourage innovation and creativity by focussing on you the participant and your personal development as an entrepreneurial leader. The Academy is able to deliver courses to the public, private, as well as the social economy sector. We have also worked with a number of organisations to tailor our programmes to create an in-house learning programme. We exist to help you to achieve your full potential through learning. 
Social Enterprise LondonSocial Enterprise London is a world-leading provider of training, research, networking and consultancy for social enterprise.At SEL, we connect the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office, London Councils, the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency, the Department of Health, leading corporations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and the Royal Bank of Scotland to the growing network of social enterprises across the capital, the UK and the world. Whether you're starting up, an existing social enterprise or looking to integrate social enterprise into your services, we can help. You can also sign up for free or register as a business member and for £80.00 + VAT per year. 
Social Innovation Exchange (SIX)SIX inspires, connects and supports social innovators. We also work with a variety of players to create an environment that helps social innovation to flourish. SIX is a global community of over 3000 individuals and organisations - including small NGOs and global firms, public agencies and academics - committed to promoting social innovation and growing the capacity of the field.ACTIVITIES: (i) SIX TelePresences make use of unique Cisco teleconferencing technologies to connect social innovators from across the globe to discuss topics ranging from 'Hubs Labs and Incubators,' to 'The Theoretical Foundations of Social Innovation' and 'Creating an Environment for Social Innovation to Flourish.' (ii) Spring Schools: The SIX Spring Schools are annual, three-day events that are built on the Accelerator Model-by bringing SIX community members together in an intimate group to discuss and find innovative solutions to very specific challenges, these events concentrate our collective intelligence and accelerate the process of innovation. Past SIX Spring Schools have addressed 'Co-creating Democracy: Citizen Passion in the 21st Century,' and 'Innovation and Opportunity in an Ageing Society.' (iii) Summer Schools: Summer Schools are designed to connect social innovators face to face, and support the strengthening of their networks, and inspire them to innovate new solutions to social issues. While Spring Schools have a tight focus on a single issue, Summer Schools address broad subjects, encouraging a diversity of insights, inputs, and inspirations. (iv) Online Hubs : SIX makes use of online tools to bring together our network of social innovators across borders, time zones, and sectors. We host three websites, including www.socialinnovationexchange.org, www.socialinnovationeurope.eu, and www.socialinnovator.info, our living textbook of methods and tools for innovators around the world, sourced from innovators from around the world. 
Stiglitz School of Leadership and CreativityStiglitz presents a new model of creative leadership coherent with the new Millennium. Stiglitz is a cutting-edge platform of insightful and inspiring courses, workshops and events in which one can learn, discuss and share ideas for a richer experience of life. We are constantly bringing forward methods that tap into an authentic expression of individuality, inspiring people to fulfil their potential.Online Magazine; Wow Talks (Free); The Breakthrough Experience and various other programmesEach programme has different egilibity criteria.The talks are open to all.
Striding OutStriding Out helps individuals stride out to success. We provide professional coaching, training and networking support to: Entrepreneurs, Career Changers, Professionals, Leaders and Young People.We have a comprehensive business toolbox of resources, articles, tools and techniques for starting and developing your business. 
Student Voice | English Secondary Schools Association (ESSA)ESSA promotes the involvement of young people in decision-making processes at a local, national and international level. They also offer help to individual students to support them in voicing their views and opinions.(after free registration) Access to the online forum; Tools and resources to help you get campaigning (not all of them free). Toolkits include Campaign for Change, New Democracy Toolkit, Confidence in Communication, Citizens' Juries, Asking the Right Questions; The opportunity to join the ESSA Council; A chance to vote for your council rep; A chance to network with other students across England; Real Talk is a training programme that ESSA has specifically designed to ensure that all young people, and not just the most articulate, get a voice and a say in decision-making.Secondary school students
The Global Innovation AcademyThe Global Innovation Academy (the Academy) is a new type of learning initiative to skill people involved in public and social innovation globally, drawing on a shared body of knowledge about methods, evidence; a shared curriculum; and a shared faculty of leading practitioners from across the globe.The Academy can build the skills and capacity needed to accelerate innovation in response to social challenges by identifying, borrowing and adapting the best solutions from across the globe, learning from successful local projects as well as looking to international best practice. The Academy also spurs innovation within organisations and networks, promoting new ideas and new ways of working, and ensuring that staff at all levels are empowered to innovate and trained to deliver. The Academy equips people with the right knowledge and capabilities by: Connecting people with ideas and expertise with people who are eager to learn; Building capacity within cutting edge organisations and departments, supporting leading thinkers and practitioners to share their experience and expertise locally and internationally; and Drawing and distilling the best ideas - in areas such as ageing, education, health, home care, and the environment - that are advanced by methods including new financing tools, idea generation, user-led design, commissioning, and scaling. 
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) exists to provide training and opportunities to enable people to use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit. SSE supports individuals to set up new charities, social enterprises. The SSE offers a year-long tailored learning programme of action learning. Their programmes are built on learning by doing, an approach that emphasises experience, experimentation and personal needs. There is no SSE student mould except for being open to learning and taking on new ideas.(i) Programs: 1. Action Learning Sets; 2. Witness Sessions; 3. Expert Sessions; 4. 'Show-How' Project Visits; 5. Other support can be provided like mentors and coaching. (ii) The Fellowship Network: Students who complete the SSE programme will gain lifelong membership of the SSE Fellowship. The Fellowship works like a club, with members continuing to swap views and experiences and to trade and collaborate. E-bulletins bring news and links to other organisations and the learning web enables you to contact each other easily and keep in touch. (iii) Online resources in the following areas: governance, administration, sector overview, fundraising, charity-related IT resources, networking, intellectual property, creative and cultural business specific. Note: The fees structure varies in different SSE locations but in general places on the programme are funded by grants or bursaries, or students are helped to generate sufficient income to meet their expenses and to contribute to the cost of the programme. 
The Social Venture FundThe Social Venture Fund invests in social businesses, which have innovative and entrepreneurial driven solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Social Venture Fund is a unique way to enable and participate in successful, as well as sustainable social change, by investing into carefully selected companies.Growth Financing: Identification of outstanding social businesses; Determination of capital needs and adequate forms of financing; Definition of miletstones and repayment of capital; Infrastructure Support; Management and legal support through selected experts; Network access; Academic support through co-operations with universities.We are always looking for exceptional social entrepreneurs from all around the world. Ventures, which are supported by the Social Venture Fund, must have proven success on the market (proof-of-concept) and also be willing and able to expand. (See section Investment Criteria)
The Student InitiativeThe Student Initiative is a university-based development organization. It adds value to the work of international organizations, social enterprises, universities and others and creates academic and professional ventures by investing in and working through university students who use their expertise, time and commitment to advance the cause of international development.(i) TSI Research and Internships: Our core service of getting students to work professionally in international development during their studies - in research during term time and/or full-time internships supports companies, non-profits and international organizations in development searching qualified staff and interns. ce of excellent, trained and vetted students to international development. (ii) TSI Courses: The Student Initiative has established unique courses and lecture series covering fields in development that are not part of university development courses - or has for the first time established such topics in university courses - and is providing them at leading universities. (iii) TSI Forums: The Student Initiative Forums are organised to further students' and public's understanding of development issues and to educate future leaders in development. They aim to bring stakeholders in development sectors and students together for open discussion on development issues - in particular, what excellent students, universities and faculty can contribute to this sector. (iv) Fellowship: Students can apply to become Fellows. The Student Initiative is run by these student Fellows, who work with development organizations and on academic and professional development ventures at universities and around the world. (Online application form). (v) Browse Internships opportunities with various organisations in various countriesThe Student Initiative Fellows are young, future leaders in development. They are the students running the development organization through their work on the issues and on-the-ground.
The UThe U is a citizens university that aims to make communities healthier, safer, and happier.We offer short, lively learning sessions that are led by local volunteers. Each session covers key skills that are easy to do and make a big impact in your life, your household, and your community. Whether you are interested in learning a bit about something new, or want to share your knowledge with others, The U is the place for you!We offer practical training sessions in key areas like first aid, conflict resolution, and sustainable living. You'll learn 7 vital skills in a short, lively, fun session (usually about 90 minutes) taught in a community setting like a civic centre, park or coffee shop. You'll access exceptional resources from leading organisations, all brought to you in a bite-sized session at a convenient time that teaches you the essentials. 
Three HandsThree Hands is a small company that makes an impact on business - by developing and engaging people, and bringing them closer to the communities in which they work - and an impact on society - by directly benefiting community organisations.Our work is designed to tackle business objectives in the areas of community involvement and corporate social responsibility, learning & development, employee engagement and sustainability. We do this in ways that not only deliver business outcomes, but that also benefits charities, communities and society as a whole. We work with clients on an ongoing, long term basis and on a project basis, and there are three broad categories to our work: (i) Learning & development - we design and deliver experiential learning to develop skills and behaviours, and awareness of social issues, all through real projects that connect employees with communities. (ii) Community projects - we keep employees engaged, motivated and connected to the real world through tailored community initiatives such as team days, charity partnerships and overseas community projects. (iii) Consultancy - we offer tailored support in topics as varied as community engagement strategy, measurement & evaluation, sourcing and designing charity partnerships and helping to set up volunteering programmes. 
University of East LondonBA (Hons) Social EnterpriseSocial Enterprise has become a trail-blazing concept in social policy, economic development and community-based politics, opening up fresh approaches to tackling social problems, different ways of working to benefit the community, and dynamic opportunities for careers. This programme offers a framework for building on experience and critical thinking and for developing practical capabilities and new ideas.The typical offer, as other Social Sciences degrees at UEL, is 240 UCAS tariff points for entry through the A level route. We welcome discussion with mature candidates on how their experience and/or previous qualifications can be taken into account for entry. We can discuss the possibility of accrediting previous experience and learning to join at Level 2, thereby reducing the time required to achieve the BA.
UpRisingThe UpRising Leadership programme's mission is to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders in an increasingly diverse Britain and a globalised world. Our unique programme equips young people with the life skills, knowledge, networks, confidence and power to transform their communities and Britain for the better.UpRising offers you the opportunity to: Gain leadership skills for your future career - whatever it might be; Organise for social change on an issue you are passionate about and contribute to your local community; Join a mutually supportive community of UpRisers, mentors, advisors, UpRising staff and alumni, all working together; Learn about the issues affecting your community and how major public institutions in the UK work; Take up new leadership opportunities to serve your community and Britain; Stay involved as alumni, keeping in touch with fellow UpRisers and helping to build the UpRising movement and a new generation of leaders around Britain.Aged 19-25; Live, work or study in the following areas: (i) London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Barking & Dagenham or Tower Hamlets; (ii) City of Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull or the Black Country; (iii) Bedford.
WayraTech accelerator in Latin America and Europe(i) Funding: Up to EUR 50,000 to start your business project or to give you a boost to your business plan and help you get to market quicker. In addition, Wayra can help you to find alternative ways of funding, such as external VCs and internal funds from other Telefónica ventures. (ii) Advisory: A vast network of technical and specific advisors in topics like marketing, taxes, patents and intellectual property, legal frameworks, business regulations and financial issues. (iii) Infrastructure and working space: Your place inside a Wayra Academy, a world-class co-working space where you'll find all the facilities to step into your project immediatly, and stop worrying about an office location. (iv) Mentoring & Networking: One of our distinctive characteristics as a global accelerator. By now, more than 300 mentors and technology experts help our projects with a common framework from the start. Every project in our academies receive full guidance and mentoring from local and global pools, in addition to the support from Wayra Academy staff. Our global partnerships also give our startups a good opportunity to benefit from synergies and access to valuable knowledge. (v) Training: Regular and up-to-date training services from top universities, technical and business schools. In all of our Wayra Academies we schedule, every semester, activities, talks and seminars with top class faculty members. (vi) Technical Development: Wayra startups receive, from day one, a wide picture of all digital initiatives from Telefónica. This means regular talks and consultancy from Telefónica I+D engineers, or exclusive webinars from BlueVia developers and Telefónica Digital ventures.If you form part of an entrepreneurial team and have an innovation, business idea, solution, design or project that meets a need in any of the following fields: Cloud services; Financial services; Future communications; User modeling; M2M; Digital Security; E-Health; Mobile applications and games; Network / Systems; Consumer Internet services; E-commerce; Localization services; Social innovation. Or in any other digital field associated with the web environment or mobile software, even if we do not yet know about it, whether or not you have created a company, Wayra can help you make it come true. | Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic & Ireland
White & Case LLPOur global presence gives us not only an opportunity but also a responsibility to provide legal counsel and assistance to the communities in which we do business. Through our social responsibility initiative, we look for ways to apply our experience to the challenges faced by the global community.Pro Bono; Legal Education; Volunteerism; Charitable Contributions; Green Initiative 
Young EnterpriseYoung Enterprise works to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom's largest business and enterprise education charity. They help young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of volunteers from 3,500 companies. Various programmes for each age-group: (i) For Higher Education students: start-up programme. It inspires students to suceed in today's rapidly changing global economy. It's an inspirational year long journey as a real start-up business - Young Enterprise business consultants inspire and guide students through the planning, creation and management of their own company. (ii) See Secondary / Further Education tab for their programs (iii) Online case studies 

 

 

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Action for HappinessAction for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.Members of the movement make a simple pledge: to try to create more happiness in the world around them through the way they approach their lives. We provide practical ideas to enable people to take action in different areas of their lives - at home, at work or in the community. We hope many of our members will form local groups to take action together. 
AIESECAIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships / volunteering positions, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. Good networking opportunities and support from the alumni. Every student member of AIESEC UK is given a 'Fast Track to Success' award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.University students
Anti ApathyAnti-Apathy (AA) promotes and supports people who take creative and innovative approaches to social and environmental issues. From 'guilt-free' fashion to crowd-powered online platforms for change, AA has been the home of sustainable lifestyles innovation and collaboration since 2002.Through spoken word, film, live music and debate, AA events have creatively explored the vital issues of our time whilst supporting engagement in positive change. Anti-Apathy has explored a diverse number of themes, from water to food, fashion and money, looking at what drives our every day lives and how individual and collective action can influence change in those areas. 
Aspen Network of Development EntrepreneursA global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Our members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries. Ultimately, we seek to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.ANDE identifies common strategic challenges and opportunities facing SGBs, and, based on these findings, provides programs and services for our members and the sector as a whole. We aspire to be the leading convener and conduit for organizations and individuals committed to building SGBs in the developing world. We act as a trusted advocate for the SGB sector, educating investors and policy makers about the extraordinary opportunity the sector represents. 
Beyond Profit - Cambridge UniversityOur mission is to inspire and support students to make the world a better place through their career or through entrepreneurship. Our success is based on helping students to get their ideal jobs and to turn their ideas into businesses. Whether you are interested in social business, international development, the environment, or just think you should be doing something good, Beyond Profit is a great place to find out more.
British Library Business and IP centreThe British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business.  
Bromley by Bow CentreThe Bromley by Bow Centre is an innovative community organisation in East London, working in one of the most deprived wards in the UK.We support people across a range of projects and services in 4 main ways: We support people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles; We enable people to learn new skills; We support people to become less grant dependent and to find work; We provide the tools to create an enterprising community. 
Chain ReactionChain Reaction is a community of people, passionate about social change, who are saying 'we can make a difference'.The Chain Reaction Networks helps individuals and organisations to connect together. We provide spaces - at 'real life events' and on line - in which people can collaborate with others across the boundaries that divide us and commit their energy to new ideas and new ways of working that will change the world.Chain Reaction is open to anyone who wants to get involved or make a difference
Charity Leaders' ExchangeCharity Leaders' Exchange is an experience-sharing club for charity leaders and executive teams who want to drive positive change in their organisations.(i) Video Case Studies: video interviews with experienced directors, in bite-sized chunks to make it easy to watch. (ii) Discussion and networking events: directors want to meet each other face to face - we facilitate friendly events where you have an opportunity to meet inspiring peers - read about a previous event; (iii) Talking Guides: our succinct summaries of topics mixing video and text for both overview and depth.(i) Teams of Directors at mid-large UK charities, typically with over £1m turnover. (ii) Directors at smaller charities wanting to grow. (iii) Individual charity directors who want to improve and maintain their professional development by sharing with peers, as well as make new contacts across sectors. (iii) Corporate Membership Are you a corporate organisation?
Charity TalksThe talks are aimed at staff, trustees, board members and others who want to improve their effectiveness through listening and responding to presentations on key management issues.Cass CCE acts as a lively hub for the voluntary and community sector. As such, we hold regular events such as Charity Talks and seminars. These events attract leading figures within the sector and represent a great opportunity to meet your peers in an open and informative environment. 
Clearly SoWe connect social enterprises with investors & the corporate world. ClearlySo connects social business, enterprise, commerce and investment. Our goal is to grow the social economy.Workshops; Professional and PR Consultancy (2 hours free for members) and online publications; Networking events; Copyright services 
Clore Social Leadership ProgrammeThe Clore Social Leadership Programme is an ambitious attempt to build leadership capacity in the social sector at a time when the challenges and complexities of leadership in the sector continue to grow. The Programme aims to identify, develop and connect aspiring leaders in the wider social sector who are working for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK and internationally. The wider social sector includes a full range of social purpose non-profit activity - charities, community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, social landlords and housing associations, etc.Fully-funded Fellowships tailored to meet the individual development needs of aspiring leaders in the social sector. The Programme is made up of core elements that all Fellows will undertake, which include: 360 degree assessment to provide evidence of leadership competencies, individual strengths and potential; Residential weeks with the full cohort of Fellows; Shorter residential sessions and day workshops with groups of Fellows; Action learning sets in groups of Fellows; Networking opportunities, online and in person; An extended secondment in an unfamiliar working environment; Access to coaching support; A personal mentor (if required); A practice-based research project to develop Fellows' skills as critical users of research and to develop a wider evidence base for the sector. | The Fellowship can be undertaken intensively over 12 months (the full-time option), or part-time, over a period of up to 24 months. On applying, you need to tell us which option you would prefer. 
Community MattersWe stand for the collective action of ordinary people within their neighbourhood through inclusive, locally-rooted and accountable community organisations.(i) Membership: By creating a national network of community organisations and activists who share our vision and support our aims. Our membership is constantly evolving to meet changing social needs, and includes multipurpose community organisations, communities of interest, local support and infrastructure bodies, and Associates. Members are supported with a comprehensive range of tool kits and hands-on advice and support, and help shape the direction of Community Matters by electing representatives to the National Executive Committee. (ii) Services: By developing and delivering low-cost, targeted and practical support. This includes training and consultancy; free advice and legal services; business development support; online resources; and a dedicated youth department. We also offer deliver specialist programmes like Communitybuilders and Community Assets Matter, along with campaigns such as Red Flags crisis management and The YES Project for youth engagement. To underpin our committment to the highest standard of community work we developed VISIBLE Communities™ comprising our nationally recognised quality standard and development tools. (iii) Campaigning: By building a comprehensive programme of external affairs work covering policy, parliamentary affairs, communications and a growing portfolio of research work. We also seek to enable community activists by providing campaigning resources and briefings on legal and regulatory issues. In addition we are a member of and provide the secretariat for the Community Sector Law Monitoring Group, which lobbies on behalf of 15 voluntary and community sector networks. 
Deloitte Social Innovation PioneersDeloitte Social Innovation Pioneers aims to showcase up to 50 socially innovative businesses from across the UK and provide them with a package of support to help them mainstream, go to scale and become investment-ready.Winners receive a bespoke package of support. Benefits include: Deloitte support team, unique to each Pioneer, designed to create and manage your investment readiness plan; Invitation to a series of events and workshops, covering the following themes: Meetings with senior Deloitte partners and client contacts; Opportunities to pitch for additional support; Input and access to cutting edge research on the sector; Opportunity to be involved a truly two way partnership with Deloitte; Access to Deloitte Programme Logo; Access to Alumni networkAny legal structure; Small to medium sized organisations; Primary business operations based in the UK; A sustainable business model and the potential to grow
Directory of Social ChangeDirectory of Social Change (DSC) is an independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change.We contribute towards positive social change by: Championing the needs of small and medium voluntary sector organisations; Providing practical training courses including the DSC Fundraising Training courses; Running conferences, seminars, briefings and Charityfair (the biggest annual training forum for the sector); Researching and publishing reference guides and handbooks; Producing a free monthly e-newsletter packed with information and special offers - subscribe to DSC e-news. 
Eastern Enterprise HubEastern Enterprise Hub is a dynamic organisation delivering real economic growth, by encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship, social enterprises and start-up businesses throughout the East.We achieve our goals through and deliver strong support for would-be entrepreneurs through: (i) The Enterprise Academy (16-18 year olds); (ii) The School for Social Entrepreneurs - Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and cambridgeshire (SSE); (iii) The 5th Floor Business Club - our unique student to business network; (iv) Wider Enterprise Support 
Echoing GreenEchoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society's most difficult problems.Echoing Green's world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. We offer: A stipend of $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years; A health insurance stipend; A yearly professional development stipend; Conferences led by organizational development experts; Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization; A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world. You can also browse the online resources: links to fellows' websites, blogposts and signposting servicesCriteria include: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; Organization must be the original idea of the applicant; Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible; Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization's development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies; Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However applicants based in the US must have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
English Speaking UnionThe ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. By building skills and confidence in communication, we give people the opportunity to realise their potential.Our vision is to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities. 
Entrepreneur CountryEntrepreneur Country is a community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and media who believe that entrepreneurship and independent business growth are vital to the future of the UK and Europe. The community meets twice a year and gathers online for information and inspiration and connections.  
Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)In April 2007, philanthropist Emma Harrison, made the decision to start a charity that would allow her donations, and those of others, to give small charities the strategic support they need to stay open and be there for everyone who needed their help.(i) WE BUILD KNOWLEDGE - for free. About what? - Fundraising. Why? - Because without a secure income you, as small charities, cannot plan, improve or even guarantee you will be around to help those who depend upon you. (ii) WE HELP YOU BUILD YOUR SKILLS in applying for funds, running events and appeals, learning how to look after your donations and how to communicate properly with your donors. We throw in the odd international expert to inspire you and event for you to take part in too.Must be a small charity for free services; large charities pay for consultancy.
Global ChangemakersGlobal Changemakers is a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs.Online resources: The content is split into five sections - vision, plan, promote, do and review - which cover the different stages in the lifecycle of your project. Each section contains a pdf worksheet that you can download, print off and fill in, as well as a video that walks you through how to use it, along with case studies of Global Changemakers talking about how they themselves went through these steps running their projects.Please note that these grants are only available for full Global Changemakers, i.e. network members who have been selected to take part in one of the programme's Global or Regional Youth Summits. We cannot provide financial support to members of the community who have not been selected to attend a Global Changemakers summit.
Global Forum 40Global Forum 40 is a youth led initiative, creating peer led action.Acting as a bridge between local communities and traditions, we generate new ideas to give young people the skills to become leaders in society. Empowered by our mission we aim to create real, tangible and lasting social change in the field of sexual health & HIV. 
Global ShapersThe Global Shapers Community - will provide youth with a global platform to shape the future - integrating the personal, community and global dimension. Through the unparalleled convening power of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is diverse in demographics, geographical areas and sectors. However, it is united by a common desire to channel the members' tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world. Who Are the Global Shapers? Young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society; Between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of nomination; Representing all walks of life and sharing a spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest; Highly committed to developing their leadership potential towards serving society; Adhering to the highest standards of moral and intellectual integrity; Possessing unique qualities that set them distinctly apart from the mainstream; Entrepreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project or founded a company or organization, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large; Ready to deeply engage in the community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting fellow shapers in their individual and professional development; Endorsed by an existing shaper or another member of the World Economic Forum Community
IdealistIdealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.(i) Volunteer opportunities, events; (ii) Online resources; (iii) List of organisations offering fellowships around the world; (iv) Students can post their events on the website. 
Kairos SocietyThe Kairos Society is a global network of top student and global leaders using entrepreneurship and innovation to solve the world's greatest challenges.The Kairos 50 (K50) annually recognizes the world's most innovative ventures started by university students. Members of the Kairos 50 will be given the chance to showcase their innovation on the trading floor of the NYSE and will also be invited to a private reception with a group of world leaders. Kairos fellows strive to develop meaningful ventures that create value for the global economy while improving the lives of billions of people around the world. In doing so, Kairos works to bridge the gaps -- between disciplines, cultures and generations -- that stifle transformative innovation.In order to be eligible, at least one of the founders of the company must be a current university student (not including Ph.D. candidates). Also, if chosen, the founding members must be available to attend the Kairos Global Summit in New York.
Make SenseMakeSense is an open project which challenges people for social business.MakeSense connects Social Entrepreneurs with individuals ready to take up their challenges. It challenges people online thanks to a Web-Application (makesense.org) and offline through gatherings. 
mtvUCollege media network supports social activism.Campaigns, fellowships and general activism opportunities. 
My Kinda CrowdTurn your ideas into cash, internships and prizes. Whatever you're interested in, there's a challenge for you. Come up with ideas of your own, or team up with friends. It's free, it's easy and it's your chance to be recognised by great companies and get rewarded.Sign up for free; Join a challenge; Submit your idea. | Benefits include: Prizes; Getting a job; Get noticed and link with businesses; Show off your talent and get noticed3 kinds of user: Student, Educator, Lecturer. Companies also post challenges for students to solve.
NACUENACUE is a grassroots charity that supports and represents student-led enterprise societies and young entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship in Universities and Colleges across the UK. It was developed by student enterprise societies for student enterprise societies.NACUE works to invigorate entrepreneurship within colleges and universities by accelerating the dynamic growth of student enterprise societies and strengthening their role in their institutions' wider strategy. It provides student enterprise societies and staff with mentoring, guidance and resources to achieve this goal. It offers colleges and universities the following services: Custom On-site Enterprise Society Training; Design of Student-Centred Enterprise Strategies; Independent Enterprise Audits; Networking opportunities (students can buy tickets for networking events); Blog is full of information, inspiring stories and videos; Students can sign up for the newsletter. 
National Coordinating Centre for Public EngagementWe help universities engage with the public.We are inviting every university in the UK to sign up to our Manifesto for Public Engagement, which encourages institutions to commit to supporting and sharing their public engagement activity. We promote best practice in public engagement and provide a single point of contact for the whole higher education sector. We also work strategically with our key national partners to help develop work across the sector. 
Net ImpactNet Impact is a new generation of leaders who use our careers to tackle the world's toughest problems. We put our business skills to work for good throughout every sector. By doing so, we show the world that it's possible to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but people and planet too.With Net Impact membership, you can expect to: Learn about latest trends and discover how your skills can be used towards a career for good; Connect with other changemakers to share world-changing ideas and provide career insight; Find opportunities to lead change on your campus, or in your workplace or community, while developing critical skills. | NOTE: You can also be Supporting Member or Lifetime Member: Net Impact's graduate and undergrad competitions give students the chance to apply their education to real-world CSR and sustainability projects, develop key business skills through hands-on opportunities, and compete for prizes and accolades. 
New Economic FoundationAn independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.Areas of research: Well-being, Democracy and Participation, Social Policy, Finance and Business, Climate Change and Energy, Values what matters, Local Economies, Natural Economies. 
Otesha UKWe are a youth-led organisation that helps young people to become agents of change, inspiring others to take small actions which add up to big change towards a cleaner, greener and fairer world. If you are aged 14-18 and you want to start up a project at your school or youth club, please get in touch with us. You can participate in various programmes (E.g. Cycling tours)
Oxford JamRunning in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, OxfordJam is a three-day fringe event that creates a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over.OxfordJam promises an innovative, inclusive and truly participatory environment with a jam packed schedule of inspirational sessions, and numerous networking opportunities. If you want to connect with the brightest and most innovative minds in the social economy, learn about exciting work being done at grass roots level, and have fun, then come along and take part in the conversation. 
OxjamOxjam is Oxfam's month-long music festival. It runs all through October with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world.Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. Together. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livlihoods to campaigning for change that lasts. 
People and PlanetIt is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.We work with students in schools, colleges and universities. We provide skills training, events, education activities, encouragement and communications to over 25,000 people. What can students do? (i) Give monthly - at a rate you can afford or make quick, secure, online card donation; (ii) Start a student group at your school, college or university; (iii) Book a workshop: I'm a teacher or I'm a student; (iv) Take action online; (v) Volunteer 
RespublicaWe would like to foster new approaches to economic inequality, investment and group behaviour, so that the benefits of capital, trade and entrepreneurship are open to all.We regularly host events and discussion forums that facilitate debate and extend our outreach. Respublica is also a membership organisation, offering personal membership packages as a means for interested and like-minded individuals to engage with Respublica in a way that is tailored to their own interests. 
RSA Social Entrepreneurs NetworkThe Social Entrepreneurs Network is a new network launched to convene all FRSA's interested in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise.Regular Breakfasts, Online discussions 
SandboxSandbox is a global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30. We identify exceptional people worldwide that already have an impressive impact at a very young age, no matter in what field or industry.The advantage of being a Sandboxer: Sandbox provides values to their members on four different levels: 1. Peers= Exchange Ideas with Co-founders; 2. Senior= Be introduced and get feedback; 3. Funding= Finance your project; 4. Exposure= Show what you are doing for the worldMain criteria: Be under 30 years of age; Be a changemaker in your respective field; Be based in one of the Sandbox local hubs; Be referred by a trusted member; Agree with the terms of the Sandbox Code
Schwab Foundation for Social EntrepreneurshipThe Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum. Throughout the year, the Schwab Foundation Foundation sets up opportunities whereby specific individuals and leaders of companies and public sector organizations can come into contact with social entrepreneurs working in areas of relevance to their activities.(i) The Foundation identifies and highlights the world's leading social entrepreneurs: Annually, the Foundation and its Partners select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs through national "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" competitions and regional selection processes in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. (ii) The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurs and supports the replication of their methodologies among each other. (iiI) It supports the participation and active involvement of its selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum. These meetings offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders. (iv) Social entrepreneurs participate in Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the Forum's Global Agenda Councils. The Foundation works with selected companies to advance specific activities of social entrepreneurs or initiatives that support social entrepreneurship (partners). (v) The Foundation works with the Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs with a significant impact under the age of 40. (vi) The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the selected social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs for incorporation in undergraduate and graduate level courses. (vii) Online resources (publications, cases, inspirational videos);For Social entrepreneurs only. When selecting the members for its network, the Schwab Foundation applies a number of criteria that together characterize an outstanding social entrepreneur. The top 3 most important criteria are: Innovation, sustainability and direct social impact.
SenscotSenscot builds and services a network to help social entrepreneurs become more effective.Career services; Event listing; Online resources: Senscot has approaching 2000 documents in our library which together afford an overview of the development of social entrepreneurs and their enterprises in Scotland (reports, articles, news) 
SERNUKThe main aim of SERNUK (Social Enterprise Research Network UK) is to create a forum for UK PhD students and early career researchers to communicate with each other, share ideas, learn and get new perspectives on their own as well as others' research. It also provides an opportunity to develop partnerships with similar networks in other countries. In addition, SERNUK brings together UK PhD students and early career researchers who are working on social enterprise issues once a year for a series of seminars.Discussion area; Suggested readings; Useful links; Series of seminars once a year.UK PhD students and early career researchers
SETASThe UK's one-stop marketplace for social enterprise training and support.Directory of Support Providers - Discussion groups - Online Resources - Directory of courses 
seToolbeltseToolbelt is an open content resource hub that helps social entrepreneurs plan, launch, manage, and grow successful social enterprises.seToolbelt's mission is "to enable social entrepreneurs to find, share, and develop practical resources through a global peer learning network to help them plan, start, manage, problem-solve, and grow successful social enterprises." Over 1,400 free toolkits, cases, essays, videos, examples, tips, podcasts, business plans, research papers, and templates 
Shell LiwevireShell LiveWIRE is an online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business.We offer free online business advice and support, funding and networking opportunities to new start ups, so register a FREE Shell LiveWIRE account to access our full range of benefits.Young entrepreneurs who are starting or running their own business (16-30)
Skoll World ForumThe Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social issues.Each year in Oxford, 900 distinguished delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors convene in Oxford for three days and nights of critical debates, discussions and work sessions aimed at innovating, accelerating and scaling solutions to social challenges. 
Small Charities CoalitionOur vision is for small charities and trustees to have access to the skills, experience and resources they need to achieve their aims.The Small Charities Coalition is like a voluntary sector matchmaking service, matching small charities with other organisations (large and small) that have the skills, experience, and in some cases resources, that the small charity lacks.(1) Have charitable purposes that are defined under law as charitable; (2) Have an annual income less than £1 million; (3) Be registered or constituted in the UK; (4) Be prepared to share your skills, experiences and resources with your fellow small charities and engage with the coalition whenever you can. | The basic condition for membership is that you must be open to the ethos of sharing what you have, passing on experience and knowledge and engaging with other charities whenever possible. Certain services e.g. the skills matching services allows you demonstrate this directly. On other occasions it might be simply responding to a survey or attending an event. Simply put, you must be prepared to help your fellow small charity.
SmartaSmarta is a new support platform for business owners and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop where business owners can connect, learn and actually _do_ business.  
SOCAPSOCAP prides itself on collaborating with all innovators who are working at the intersection of money and meaning.SOCAP is a multi-platform organization dedicated to the flow of capital towards social good. Our event series connects leading global innovators - investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs - to build this market at the intersection of money and meaning. 
Social Enterprise AmbassadorsThe Social Enterprise Ambassadors are leaders of some of the country's most successful social enterprises. Learn more about these exceptional people, their businesses, and how you can get involved.Tips from Social Enterprise ambassadors - News about the sector - list of external resources 
Social Enterprise CoalitionWe are the national body for social enterprise."You can join Social Enterprise UK from £75. | Raise awareness of social enterprise and what it can achieve through the media and campaigning; Provide business advice and support to start-ups and growing social enterprises; Promote best practice through resources - we publish a range of case studies, how to guides and training materials; Build networks and encourage shared learning through events; Inform the policy agenda working with key decision makers. We strive to improve the environment for social enterprise by advising government, informing consultations and hosting policy events; Influence politicians across the spectrum, generating support for social enterprise. Political engagement has been the bedrock of our work and we continue to have great success pushing social enterprise up the policy agenda; Work with private sector organisations wishing to consolidate their position in the rapidly growing social enterprise market; Undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base; Provide a range of consultancy services."Our members are organisations only (Online applications)
Social Enterprise LondonSocial Enterprise London is a world-leading provider of training, research, networking and consultancy for social enterprise.At SEL, we connect the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office, London Councils, the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency, the Department of Health, leading corporations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and the Royal Bank of Scotland to the growing network of social enterprises across the capital, the UK and the world. Whether you're starting up, an existing social enterprise or looking to integrate social enterprise into your services, we can help. You can also sign up for free or register as a business member and for £80.00 + VAT per year. 
Social Enterprise NetworkThe Guardian Social Enterprise Network brings together the latest insight, comment and advice for professionals working in and with the social enterprise sector.Join today and, as a Network member, you'll get exclusive content, VIP invitations, special offers on events and conferences and more. 
Social Innovation CampWhat happens when you get a bunch of software developers and social innovators together, give them a set of social problems and only 48 hours to solve them?The Social Innovation Camp takes a set of ideas for web-based tools that will create social change and develops them over one weekend. Working with a diverse range of people, participants organise themselves into teams and help make a back-of-the-envelop idea into a working prototype - complete with working software - in just two days. We're hoping that by the end of the weekend you'll be part of a team with a basic working model for a new venture. The event will close with a Show and Tell pitching competition which will include some prizes for the winning ideas which demonstrate the greatest potential to create real change. Finally, start your venture! Start your venture! Social Innovation Camp is all about creating the relationships needed to start new projects and we hope your ideas won't end with the weekend. The Social Innovation Camp team aims to give you a helping hand after the Camp to build on what you've created. 
Social Innovation Exchange (SIX)SIX inspires, connects and supports social innovators. We also work with a variety of players to create an environment that helps social innovation to flourish. SIX is a global community of over 3000 individuals and organisations - including small NGOs and global firms, public agencies and academics - committed to promoting social innovation and growing the capacity of the field.ACTIVITIES: (i) SIX TelePresences make use of unique Cisco teleconferencing technologies to connect social innovators from across the globe to discuss topics ranging from 'Hubs Labs and Incubators,' to 'The Theoretical Foundations of Social Innovation' and 'Creating an Environment for Social Innovation to Flourish.' (ii) Spring Schools: The SIX Spring Schools are annual, three-day events that are built on the Accelerator Model-by bringing SIX community members together in an intimate group to discuss and find innovative solutions to very specific challenges, these events concentrate our collective intelligence and accelerate the process of innovation. Past SIX Spring Schools have addressed 'Co-creating Democracy: Citizen Passion in the 21st Century,' and 'Innovation and Opportunity in an Ageing Society.' (iii) Summer Schools: Summer Schools are designed to connect social innovators face to face, and support the strengthening of their networks, and inspire them to innovate new solutions to social issues. While Spring Schools have a tight focus on a single issue, Summer Schools address broad subjects, encouraging a diversity of insights, inputs, and inspirations. (iv) Online Hubs : SIX makes use of online tools to bring together our network of social innovators across borders, time zones, and sectors. We host three websites, including www.socialinnovationexchange.org, www.socialinnovationeurope.eu, and www.socialinnovator.info, our living textbook of methods and tools for innovators around the world, sourced from innovators from around the world. 
Social Market FoundationWe are a leading cross-party think tank, developing innovative ideas across a broad range of economic and social policy.The Social Market Foundation produces policy reports, and holds debates and discussions to promote a social market agenda across a range of policy areas. 
STAR | Student Action for RefugeeSTAR is the national network of student groups working to improve the lives of refugees in the UK by: Promoting positive images of refugees; Volunteering for local refugee projects; Campaigning for refugeesSTAR student groups are independently constituted student union societies, based at universities all over the UK. STAR members campaign together through the STAR network, co-ordinated and supported by STAR National.For university students
Start Changestart|change is a one-day event that brings together individuals with a vision for change, helping them to start the change they want to see.We are a group of entrepreneurs, academics, students, graphic designers and consultants with a common aim to help grow social and environmental change through business. We do this by helping individuals who are currently running, starting or want to create enterprises and ventures with explicit social and environmental goals. 
StartUp BritainStartUp Britain is a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, launched on 28th March 2011.Links to website providing help for starting a new business (funding, find an idea, writing a business plan, create a logo, find sponsors, choosing a name, finding an insurance, tax help, registration, finding office space, getting a bank loan, setting up a website/email, inspiring stories, events to go to etc). The webiste also contains a section for people who want to grow their business. Note: There is one tab about social enterprise. 
Startup WeekendStartup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend's attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.Education; Build your network; Co-Founder Dating; Learn a new skill; Actually launch a business; Get face time with thought leaders; Save money & get stuff; Join a global community. 
Stiglitz School of Leadership and CreativityStiglitz presents a new model of creative leadership coherent with the new Millennium. Stiglitz is a cutting-edge platform of insightful and inspiring courses, workshops and events in which one can learn, discuss and share ideas for a richer experience of life. We are constantly bringing forward methods that tap into an authentic expression of individuality, inspiring people to fulfil their potential.Online Magazine; Wow Talks (Free); The Breakthrough Experience and various other programmesEach programme has different egilibity criteria.The talks are open to all.
Student HubsStudent Hubs is a network working to transform student social action. We empower students to create social change by engaging with social and environmental issues, now and in the future.Events listing is really interesting, especially the Social Action and Social Enterprise events. Students can sign up to the mailing list. The Hubs' Shared Resources Wiki is a collaborative space to share information, best-practice, guides and resources. It's free and open for anyone to contribute to. It covers many areas that could help you to run a student group focussed on campaigning, fundraising or volunteering. Students can have access to training through local Hubs. 
TED and TEDxTED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.(i) The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, the wish is unveiled at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. Over the life of the prize, wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. TED Prize winners need to be nominated. (ii) The TED Fellows helps world-changing innovators from around the globe become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED Fellows, TEDGlobal Fellows, and TED Senior Fellows are drawn from many disciplines that reflect the diversity of TED's members: technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, NGOs, business and more. (iii) Join the TED Conversations, share your thoughts and read what people to answer to questions like "What's one thing you wish you had learned in school?" (iv) Watch the TEDtalks for free online.For the fellowship: We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs. We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40 from five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East. However, anyone over the age 18 from around the world is welcome to apply.
The Aspen InstituteThe Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: (i) Seminars, which help participants reflect on what they think makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems leaders face. (ii) Young-leader fellowships around the globe, which bring a selected class of proven leaders together for an intense multi-year program and commitment. The fellows become better leaders and apply their skills to significant challenges. (iii) Policy programs, which serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of issues. (iv) Public conferences and events, which provide a commons for people to share ideasFor the fellowship: We seek exceptional mid-career business professionals who are recognized as top talent in their companies. Successful candidates will have demonstrated passion and capacity for working at the intersection of business growth and positive social and environmental change. Most will work in core business functions within their companies: finance, marketing, design, leadership and organizational development, etc. They should, indeed, be FIRST MOVERS: extraordinary institutional entrepreneurs who have the vision, tenacity, and courage to achieve remarkable changes in business practice and impact. We are looking for candidates from diverse backgrounds in terms of industry, functional responsibility, race, religion, gender and location.
The Foundation ForumOur informal forum events provide a chance to network with people committed to delivering sustainable growth and hear some challenging and often controversial views.  
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) exists to provide training and opportunities to enable people to use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit. SSE supports individuals to set up new charities, social enterprises. The SSE offers a year-long tailored learning programme of action learning. Their programmes are built on learning by doing, an approach that emphasises experience, experimentation and personal needs. There is no SSE student mould except for being open to learning and taking on new ideas.(i) Programs: 1. Action Learning Sets; 2. Witness Sessions; 3. Expert Sessions; 4. 'Show-How' Project Visits; 5. Other support can be provided like mentors and coaching. (ii) The Fellowship Network: Students who complete the SSE programme will gain lifelong membership of the SSE Fellowship. The Fellowship works like a club, with members continuing to swap views and experiences and to trade and collaborate. E-bulletins bring news and links to other organisations and the learning web enables you to contact each other easily and keep in touch. (iii) Online resources in the following areas: governance, administration, sector overview, fundraising, charity-related IT resources, networking, intellectual property, creative and cultural business specific. Note: The fees structure varies in different SSE locations but in general places on the programme are funded by grants or bursaries, or students are helped to generate sufficient income to meet their expenses and to contribute to the cost of the programme. 
The Student InitiativeThe Student Initiative is a university-based development organization. It adds value to the work of international organizations, social enterprises, universities and others and creates academic and professional ventures by investing in and working through university students who use their expertise, time and commitment to advance the cause of international development.(i) TSI Research and Internships: Our core service of getting students to work professionally in international development during their studies - in research during term time and/or full-time internships supports companies, non-profits and international organizations in development searching qualified staff and interns. ce of excellent, trained and vetted students to international development. (ii) TSI Courses: The Student Initiative has established unique courses and lecture series covering fields in development that are not part of university development courses - or has for the first time established such topics in university courses - and is providing them at leading universities. (iii) TSI Forums: The Student Initiative Forums are organised to further students' and public's understanding of development issues and to educate future leaders in development. They aim to bring stakeholders in development sectors and students together for open discussion on development issues - in particular, what excellent students, universities and faculty can contribute to this sector. (iv) Fellowship: Students can apply to become Fellows. The Student Initiative is run by these student Fellows, who work with development organizations and on academic and professional development ventures at universities and around the world. (Online application form). (v) Browse Internships opportunities with various organisations in various countriesThe Student Initiative Fellows are young, future leaders in development. They are the students running the development organization through their work on the issues and on-the-ground.
Transatlantic Network 2020Transatlantic Network 2020 works to strengthen ties between Europe and North America through the creation of a sustainable network of young leaders.Designed to run until 2020, we are creating an expanding network of emerging leaders (25-35 yrs.) from the fields of business, arts, academia, civil society, media, science and politics, and encouraging and empowering them to develop solutions to global issues. These young people from Europe and North America are working to revitalise links and build new connections for the future. 
U8The U8 is a global network that connects students from around the world to discuss issues related to global development. U8 operates on two levels: a global level and a local level.On a global level, we link students through our website; through a twinning process between universities in countries of differing levels of development and through online summits. We provide a platform for global conversations that create a truly global community. | On a local level, we encourage our groups to organise a variety of events, such as talks, panel debates, discussion forums and film showings. We support individual student societies as they raise awareness of the importance and complexity of development issues in their own university and area from a non-partisan perspective. 
UpRisingThe UpRising Leadership programme's mission is to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders in an increasingly diverse Britain and a globalised world. Our unique programme equips young people with the life skills, knowledge, networks, confidence and power to transform their communities and Britain for the better.UpRising offers you the opportunity to: Gain leadership skills for your future career - whatever it might be; Organise for social change on an issue you are passionate about and contribute to your local community; Join a mutually supportive community of UpRisers, mentors, advisors, UpRising staff and alumni, all working together; Learn about the issues affecting your community and how major public institutions in the UK work; Take up new leadership opportunities to serve your community and Britain; Stay involved as alumni, keeping in touch with fellow UpRisers and helping to build the UpRising movement and a new generation of leaders around Britain.Aged 19-25; Live, work or study in the following areas: (i) London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Barking & Dagenham or Tower Hamlets; (ii) City of Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull or the Black Country; (iii) Bedford.
Virgin Media PioneersThe Virgin Media Pioneers programme launched in March 2010 to help fledging entrepreneurs kick-start successful businesses. Through a thriving online community of likeminded people, members use videos and blogging to create a peer-to-peer network and support service.As well as hosting user-generated content, the platform offers original content especially targeted for early-stage entrepreneurs, including the Pioneers TV series. Young people can also gain access to resources tailored for early stage entrepreneurs. Regular free events and unique opportunities are also provided, such as the recent Spark Your Ideas event series, which saw Pioneers at 5 locations across the UK meet up for networking, expert marketing training and inspiration from speakers including Justice Williams CBE. 
Volunteering EnglandVolunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers.We offer a range of services designed to assist anyone who works with volunteers or who has an interest in volunteering. We also actively develop policy and campaign to raise the profile of volunteering. 
Workers in Student Community VolunteeringWiSCV is a support network for anyone working in frontline community volunteering projects in Further or Higher Education (FE or HE). The network encompasses both frontline student volunteer workers and those working with staff volunteers in FE and HE institutions, as a networking forum.We have a Mailbase, which members are encouraged to join so that you can request ideas from other members and keep up-to-date with things that are happening in the student volunteering sector. WiSCV is a partner of Volunteering England, the national volunteer development agency for England. We are also working to build links with the volunteer development agencies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. WiSCV also links in to other regional and national bodies, in order to raise the profile of student volunteering and represent our members etc. We have regional groups which meet between 4-6 times each year. Attending the regional meetings gives you the chance to meet with others doing a similar role and share ideas. Many groups run regional events, which can be a great way to significantly raise the profile of student volunteering where you're based. Regional groups are also good fun and a great source of support. 
workisnotajob.From a design studio, to a creative lifestyle brand and community of thousands of supporters, workisnotajob. is now also a movement of dreamers, doers and aspiring culture shapers around the world.Collaboration with your dreams. 
World Foresight ForumWFF (World Foresight Forum) is a global initiative that strives for a secure and sustainable world for future generations.News items, Events (Summit, convention, festival, expo), publications, partnership opportunities at the expo 
Young FoundationThe Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs.We work across the UK and internationally - carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology.We manage three social venture funds: Health, Learning and Youth Leadership. Each has a portfolio of ventures underway which range across the public, non-profit and commercial sectors. 

 

 

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Acumen FundAcumen Fund is creating a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas.The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders.To become a Global Fellow: Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities; Experience working in emerging markets; Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills; Strong passion and commitment; 3-7 years of work experience; Graduate degree preferred
Angel ListA community of startups  
Arthur Guinness FundTHE Arthur Guinness Fund is an innovative investment vehicle that supports the big ideas and the passion for community of social entrepreneurs We're looking to support social entrepreneurs who are leading or starting innovative projects to change Ireland for the better.
AshdenWe champion and promote practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, protect the environment, reduce poverty and improve people's lives.The Ashden Awards bring to light ground-breaking green energy champions in the UK and developing world and inspire others to follow. 
Balloon KenyaBalloon Kenya will support the most passionate and driven young people to find and implement solutions that improve lives.Balloon Kenya takes young people from the UK and teams them up with ambitious Kenyan youth groups to design new sustainable businesses. When participants return home with their newfound skills and confidence, we provide mentors and funding to those wanting to launch their own ventures.The programme is open to final year students, recent graduates and non-graduates under the age of 30 who can demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, drive, passion and ambition.
Big Society CapitalBig Society Capital will also act as a champion for the development of social finance and the embedding of social impact measurement as an integral part of financing the sector.The Big Society Capital group (formerly referred to as the "Big Society Bank") is a financial institution that aims to develop a market for investment made on the basis of positive social impact as well as financial returns. In so doing it will boost the ability of social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations (collectively known as "the social sector") to deal with social issues. Big Society Capital will do this by supporting organisations that invest in the social sector. This support includes: Investing directly in these organisations, and co-investing alongside others in social investment funds, to help them grow in scale and provide more financing to frontline social sector entities; Investing in organisations providing infrastructure for the social investment market; and Investing in and underwriting innovative financial products such as social impact bonds. 
Big Venture ChallengeBig Venture Challenge is a national competition to find 25 of the most ambitious social entrepreneurs in England. (2011 was first one, might not happen again.)The 25 winners of Big Venture Challenge receive an initial £25K grant and the chance to access up to £150K of seed funding if matched by loans or equity from co-investors, plus first class business support and mentoring designed to keep pace with high growth social entrepreneurs.Big Venture Challenge is for social entrepreneurs who have already developed an ambitious growth strategy and are ready to implement that strategy to scale up at a rapid pace. Big Venture Challenge is aimed at start-ups with high potential that can demonstrate viable plans for growth as well as more established ventures that want to expand.
Bright Ideas TrustWe are a charity that helps young people in London who aren't in employment, education or training or who haven't had the same chances as the rest of society to start their own companies and learn business skills that will stay with them for life.Young people can apply for support - and get access to the Business Box (Training, Mentoring, Funding)(i) Aged between 16-30; (ii) Currently not in employment, education or training; (iii) Greater London based; The founder of a start-up or very early stage business, which can be: Commercial - it aims to generate profits; Sustainable - it can keep trading for at least 3 years; Scalable - it has the potential to grow in size over time (iv) An individual who can demonstrate that they: Are in need of charitable support e.g. Registered Disabled; Limited financial resources; Ethnic minority; Within or have experienced public care or the penal system; Are determined, committed and enthusiastic about owning their business; Have the interpersonal skills necessary to run their own business and to be open to learning new things from business experts.
Bulldog TrustThe Bulldog Trust is a charitable trust that has given financial and advisory assistance to charities for over 25 years.The Bulldog Donor Fund is a bespoke donor-advised fund service for substantial donors which promotes and simplifies giving. The Engaging Experience Philanthropy Network inspires and supports individuals interested in putting their professional skills to use in the charitable sector. In the past we have pledged to start match funding campaigns; offered interest-free loans to tide charities through cash-flow crises; funded innovative pilot projects that could not access funding elsewhere and facilitated scholarships and bursaries in fields that we believed were being overlooked. 
BuzzBnkBuzzBnk is an online marketplace that connects social ventures from all walks of life with backers, supporters and fans. Through BuzzBnk, social ventures can get the support and funds they need to make bright ideas a reality.BuzzBnk backers support the initiatives they like by pledging money, time or both and carry the message to their own social networks and communities. In short, it's crowdfunding for social ventures, and our philosophy is that together, we can make great things happen.(i) Public/Social Benefit Test: BuzzBnk can work with ventures of all legal forms (including charities, CLGs, CLSs and CICs) as long as they can prove that the main purpose of their organisation is public or social benefit. We ask all our featured ventures to complete our Public/Social Benefits Test to make sure they qualify as an organisation. Click here for more information and our guidance on the Public/Social Benefits Test. (ii) Funding Target: We are happy to think big, but realistically crowdfunding works better for fundraising target between £5,000 and £30,000. If your total budget for your project is much higher than this, we would suggest you divide it into phases and start with something simple and achievable. You can find some examples here. (iii) Timeline: Remember, crowdfunding is not quick-fix for getting funding overnight. But with your commitment and cooperation, our team is always ready to help you set up your project as fast as we can. Once the project is live on the BuzzBnk site, we expect you'll need another 3-6 months to reach your target depending on the funding need, fundraising effort and public response to your project. The more you have thought your project and your fund raising goals through the better we will be able to help you!
Community Action Network (CAN)CAN supports social enterprises and charities to scale up their businesses and maximise their social impact.We provide business support and capital as well as running CAN Mezzanine, high-quality and affordable office space exclusively for the social sector. 
Dell Social Innovation CompetitionUniversity students of the world - share your innovative ideas for solving a social or environmental problem and compete for $750,000 in prizes and awards! Connect with students, find a mentor through our global community and get inspired to put your ideas into action.(i) Since 2007, more than 15,000 students from 90 countries have proposed more than 3,000 ideas for tackling social and environmental problems. We give participants the mentoring, tools and cash prizes needed to take their projects to the next level. (ii) Our challenge site will be the world's largest community of student social innovators. You'll get access to the learning, support and feedback you need to hone your innovations.Any undergrad or graduate student in any field of study, from any country, can enter our challenge. This isn't your traditional business plan competition - you can enter a project at any stage, whether you've just thought of an idea or are already running an organization. It doesn't matter if your idea is nonprofit or for-profit.
Echoing GreenEchoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society's most difficult problems.Echoing Green's world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. We offer: A stipend of $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years; A health insurance stipend; A yearly professional development stipend; Conferences led by organizational development experts; Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization; A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world. You can also browse the online resources: links to fellows' websites, blogposts and signposting servicesCriteria include: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; Organization must be the original idea of the applicant; Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible; Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization's development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies; Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However applicants based in the US must have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
Emerge Venture LabThe Emerge Venture Lab seeks to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to build system-defying solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The essence of the Lab is developing the entrepreneur, the vehicle by which we do this is their venture.The 2012 Lab provides support to student entrepreneurs on three key challenges of the venture development process: develop a business model, test your product with real customers and gain fundings. When you become part of the Lab, you gain access to incredible advisors. Lab ventures receive 1-on-1 advice from senior professionals at top consulting and legal firms and as well as our mentor community, which is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals and impact investors.All (or most) of the team must be present or recent (last 2 years) student of a UK university (any degree).
English Speaking UnionThe ESU brings together and empowers people of different languages and cultures. By building skills and confidence in communication, we give people the opportunity to realise their potential.Our vision is to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities. 
Global ChangemakersGlobal Changemakers is a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs.Online resources: The content is split into five sections - vision, plan, promote, do and review - which cover the different stages in the lifecycle of your project. Each section contains a pdf worksheet that you can download, print off and fill in, as well as a video that walks you through how to use it, along with case studies of Global Changemakers talking about how they themselves went through these steps running their projects.Please note that these grants are only available for full Global Changemakers, i.e. network members who have been selected to take part in one of the programme's Global or Regional Youth Summits. We cannot provide financial support to members of the community who have not been selected to attend a Global Changemakers summit.
Global GivingGlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.Project Leaders post their causes and details about what they need on GlobalGiving.org - giving you an inside look at the project's unique needs and work being done. Individuals browse the website, research causes by topic or location, and pick the one that matches their interests and passions.To list a project on GlobalGiving, you can participate in one of our "Open Challenges". Open Challenges are an opportunity for organizations around the globe to raise funds for their projects and have the chance to become long term members of the GlobalGiving Community.
Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at London Business SchoolThe mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.Provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.Each entrant team must include a graduate student (current or recent graduate within two years from the date the plan is first submitted) from any masters-level or post-graduate higher education program in any area of study in the world. The graduate student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., actively participating in development of the business plan and presentation or actively working on the business).
Green Investment BankThe UK is to set up the world's first investment bank solely dedicated to greening the economy (2013). Its mission will be to provide financial solutions to accelerate private sector investment in the green economy. Capitalised with £3 billion, the GIB will play a vital role in addressing market failures affecting green infrastructure projects in order to stimulate a step up in private investment.  
Gray Ghost VenturesTo invest collaboratively in innovative, early stage enterprises that contribute to the well-being of low-income communities in emerging markets and provide an attractive financial return.Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV) is an impact investment firm dedicated to providing market-based capital solutions to entrepreneurs who are addressing the needs of low-income communities in emerging markets. Depending upon the need and opportunity, we serve as creator and manager, sole funder, lead investor, co-investor, general partner or limited partner in operating companies or investment funds.enterprises that contribute to the well-being of low-income communities in emerging markets
Hub Venture LabsAn incubator for social entrepreneurs that delivers a wide range of programmes, support and workshops.Supporting innovation and invention through ideation events; running multiple incubator programs from 4 to 12 weeks, some with investment prizes; providing customised non-financial support programmes on behalf of investors and foundations; holding regular office hours and keynote Q&A sessions for social entrepreneurs and impact investors; promoting active collaboration between all parties in the social enterprise ecosystem. HVL's aims to create better, more sustainable social businesses, to encourage impact investing and new forms of hybrid finance and to champion social entrepreneurs across Europe. 
Hub VenturesHub Ventures is a 12-week evening program providing funding and resources to a community of 16 entrepreneurs building for-profit solutions for a better world.Through the program, participants refine their business models and investor pitches while growing their networks of peers, mentors, and potential investors. Upon completion of the program, 3-4 ventures will receive $75,000 in seed funding (convertible debt) through a peer selection process that puts the investment decisions into the hands of the cohort. Additionally, participants will pitch to top Bay Area Impact Investors at Hub Ventures Investor DayEXPERIENCE: Top 5 position in a promising and innovative for-profit venture focused on reaching scale and achieving a measurable social impact. STAGE: Early: beyond idea, started prototyping, have customers, and legal formation completed. IMPACT: Ventures that create access and inclusion for marginalized populations locally and globally. Focus areas include (but are not limited to) education, healthcare, local living economies, food systems, Fair Trade, international development, mobile technology, affordable design, collaborative consumption, and off-grid power systems. A response to big and compelling problem coupled with a creative and systemic approach to tackling it. LOCATION: Must be Bay Area based during the duration of the program. PARTICIPATION: Only one team member per venture should attend programming. Ability to attend all Hub Ventures' events, meetings, and peer-review sessions during the 12-week cohort (mandatory gatherings will be evening based and will not exceed 3 hrs/week). Ability to present at the Hub Fast Pitch during the week of March 7-11. Availability to pitch at Hub Ventures Investor Day.
Live UnltdLive Unltd provides young people aged 11-21 with exciting opportunities to develop an idea which could change their community for the better.These young social entrepreneurs are awarded funding of up to £5,000 to start up their own social venture; from sports teams and recreational groups to hosting events, which is then coupled with non-financial support from a designated Live Unltd Development Manager in their region. The programme also gives young people the opportunity to erase the negative stereotypes associated with 'youth culture' in the media today and show that with the right financial and non-financial support, young people can become catalysts for positive social change within their community.Young entrepreneurs aged 11-21
Lloyds Business Enterprise AwardsBy seeking out the best student and graduate entrepreneurial talent across the country, our Awards provide recognition for the great businesses of tomorrow.The Awards offer prize packages to help nurture and grow your business including: An overall cash investment of £50,000 to the national best enterprise; Cash investment prizes of up to £5,000 in the initial heats; Enhanced mentoring support packages at regional and national level; Business networking and promotional opportunities.You founded, or co-founded, your own business; You are either currently a student, or you have graduated in the past 5 years; You are 18 years of age or over; Your business is based in England, Scotland or Wales; Your business has been trading for more than one year.
Mass ChallengeTo catalyze a start-up renaissance. We connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately.MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include: (i) 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more; (ii) $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support; (iii) Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry; (iv) No equity taken. No restrictions applied. | Our primary activities include running an annual global startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events. 100+ finalist teams are matched with mentors and personalized free resources.Open to anyone, from anywhere, with any startup; Everyone gets training and access to resources; Highest impact, most viable startups win awards.
Ned.com Social Entrepreneurship Funding LISTA list of 210 social entrepreneur, social enterprise and social innovation funding sources.(i) Venture philanthropy, seed stage investing for social entrepreneurs, early stage investing for social innovation; (ii) Crowdsourced Funding, Crowdfunding, and Peer-to-Peer Microfinance; (iii) Social Entrepreneur & Innovation Friendly Foundations; (iv) Top SE College Programs; (v) Social Entrepreneur & Innovation Prize/Awards; (vi) Search Tools for Grant Funding; (vii) Crowdsourced Funding for Musicians & Bands. 
NESTANESTA believes that 'people-powered' public services can offer radically different, cheaper and better solutions to some of society's biggest challenges. In order to understand how we can unlock the power of the social ventures behind this innovative new concept, we are working with the UK's leading social entrepreneurs, social venture intermediaries and pioneering public services.NESTA has been working for several years to support the development of the social investment market, for example by: Making cornerstone investments in two pioneering social venture capital funds; Supporting social venture intermediaries - the organisations that stimulate, incubate and take to scale social innovations; Commissioning the Young Foundation to map Social Venture Intermediaries (SVIs) in order to improve the understanding of the role and approaches used; Addressing the structural barriers to investment.Different criteria for the funding
NHS Innovation Challenge PrizesThe NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes have been created to recognize and reward ideas that tackle some of the most challenging areas of healthcare. The Challenge Prizes aim to support innovation in the NHS, encouraging the development and spread of new ideas that will deliver better patient outcomes.The NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes will be awarded for the achievement of specific challenges, set out in advance. The challenges will range from significant improvements in delivery to major clinical breakthroughs. The awards will be substantial, with prize money amounts that reflect the nature of the challenge and the added value of the innovation to the NHS and its patients.Applications will be open to any NHS individual, group or organisation that wants to submit an entry. Entries will also be welcome from others such as universities and other academic institutions, third sector and social enterprises, as well as private sector organisations, although in these cases only if they are partnering with someone or some organisation within the NHS.
NUS - I am the ChangeWhat change do you want to make at your college or university? If your change gets the most votes, we'll help you launch your campaign!You can upload your picture on the website and write details of a positive change you'd like to make. This change could be about education, the community, the environment, personal development, health and wellbeing, careers or politics - it doesn't matter what it's about, or how big it is. You can vote for your favourite ideas, and the most popular ones will be in with a chance of receiving training and funding to help deliver the campaign.For college / university students only
O2 Think BigYoung people 13 to 25 years old in the UK can apply to get funding for their project. Projects need to help make things better in the applicant's local community.If selected: £300 cash for their project; Training and support; A Think Big merchandise pack; Communications tools; Support from the team of O2 helpers. | If they get invited to take their project further they could get: Up to £2500 cash for their project (given in stages); Free O2 broadband for a year; Support from O2 helpers; The chance to win gig tickets and merchandise for the project group; The opportunity to apply for an O2 apprenticeship.Think Big is for people aged 13 to 25 years old in the UK; Your project should be up and running within three months of being accepted. | And the big No No's: Think Big will not support projects that aim to convert people to a religion; You can't apply if your project is something you do for a living; It's not for promoting political parties; It cannot involve anything dangerous. | And you cannot apply directly for £2500, you must do your £300 project first, and only if everything is going really well might you get invited to apply for more.
1%Club1%CLUB is the platform that connects smart development projects with people, money and knowledge around the world.Through the website you can choose yourself which projects you want to support, so you know exactly where your 1% is going. The website combines Web 2.0 elements with the rise of people and organisations who want to contribute to development cooperation, and is therefore really in itself a form of International Cooperation 2.0 
P.A.S.S VisionWe would like to see residents actively participate in making BD3 a better, stronger and safer place.Catalyst Challenge Awards are aimed at individuals or informal groups of people who have an idea which will change the Bradford Moor neighbourhood for the better, and want help getting it off the ground. The money is to help with the running costs of the projectThese awards are for people who: Have an idea which will benefit the Bradford Moor / BD3 neighbourhood; Have thought about how they will run their project; Have some evidence that there is a need for their project; Will learn a new skill from carrying out their project; Are able to match fund any funding provided by PASS
SandboxSandbox is a global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30. We identify exceptional people worldwide that already have an impressive impact at a very young age, no matter in what field or industry.The advantage of being a Sandboxer: Sandbox provides values to their members on four different levels: 1. Peers= Exchange Ideas with Co-founders; 2. Senior= Be introduced and get feedback; 3. Funding= Finance your project; 4. Exposure= Show what you are doing for the worldMain criteria: Be under 30 years of age; Be a changemaker in your respective field; Be based in one of the Sandbox local hubs; Be referred by a trusted member; Agree with the terms of the Sandbox Code
Skoll FoundationTheir mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world's most pressing problems.Each year the Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship to a small number of social entrepreneurs who are solving the world's most pressing problems. The Skoll Award includes a core support grant to the organization to be paid over three years and a noncash award to the social entrepreneur that is presented at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.Qualifying organizations for Social Entrepreneurship will be evaluated against the following criteria: (i) Impact potential: Organization's innovation is positioned to directly affect policy, behavior and/or infrastructure/system(s) on a large scale and can show evidence of significant impact already achieved. (ii) Inflection:Organization has a proven approach that has already been implemented with success and is now ready to apply the approach on a much larger scale. (iii) Innovation: Organization has an approach that fundamentally disrupts the status quo to solve social and/or environmental problems. (iv) Issue: Organization works on an issue that is identified by the Skoll Foundation as one of world's most pressing problems. (v) Skoll leverage: Organization will benefit from engaging with Skoll Foundation beyond a purely funding relationship, such as collaboration with our network of entrepreneurs or access to media opportunities. (vi) Social entrepreneur: Organization is led by a visionary social entrepreneur. (vii) Sustainability: Organization has a clear, compelling plan for expanding impact and achieving long-term financial and operational sustainability.
Social Stock Exchange Association1. There is a need for increased transparency, so that "social investors" can make educated choices and "social organisations" receive the necessary capital to grow. 2. The idea is to create a Social Stock Exchange, which acts as a market maker with a defined offering for different types of investors and different types of social organisations. 3. The solution offered by the SSEA is to bring together a diverse group of experts in the field, connecting existing social exchanges, consulting them in their development towards social stock markets and creating SSEs in several countries in the coming years.SSEA has two major lines of work: (i) implementing pilot projects to establish Social Stock Exchanges in different countries all over the world. (ii) organising events for similar initiatives to get involved, collaborate and learn from each other's experience. 
Startup FactoriesStartup Factories is a guide to accelerator programmes in the European Union. It grew from a NESTA research project which looked at the rise of such programmes in the United States and Europe and found that there was a need for better information for founders about what programmes were available in Europe and how to apply for them.List of the European startup accelerators that match their stringent criteria (about 20). Also, a short list of other EU seed funders. 
TeenBizevery month two students (one social enterprise, one business enterprise) will receive up to £500 start up funding, a business mentor and a start up pack.We're calling it 'Business in a Box' which will give students items they need to do business for real; for example Companies House set up, business cards, a website, a stationery voucher, office space, USB sticks, logo design, legal advice and virtual PA service. Winners will also receive a Natwest business abnk account.TeenBiz is open to anyone 13-18 years old. Students of all education levels, across the UK - no one is left out! You maybe studying in school or college, be home tutored, be doing an apprenticeship or be in a job. Your business could be in its early stages or a totally new idea ready to launch. As long as you are 13-18 years old with a good, solid business idea we want to hear from you.
TennerTenner is a nationwide campaign which promotes enterprise among young people in Britain. Its an annual competition where tens of thousands of school children across the UK are loaned a ten pound note for a month and challenged to make money, make a difference and give back. The competition runs from 1st March - 31st March and challenges up to 40,000 young people aged 5 to 19 to Make Money, Make a Difference and Give Back. Once the challenge is over, participants are asked to return their original loan, encouraged to donate at least 20% to a good cause and reinvest the remaining profit into their business. Awards are offered to the student/students who have the biggest profit, deliver the most social impact or the best business idea.Register online for the competition; Inspirational online Case studiesAnybody who is attending school or college from the age of 5 - 19. An education institute will need to act as a guarantor.
The Social Venture FundThe Social Venture Fund invests in social businesses, which have innovative and entrepreneurial driven solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Social Venture Fund is a unique way to enable and participate in successful, as well as sustainable social change, by investing into carefully selected companies.Growth Financing: Identification of outstanding social businesses; Determination of capital needs and adequate forms of financing; Definition of miletstones and repayment of capital; Infrastructure Support; Management and legal support through selected experts; Network access; Academic support through co-operations with universities.We are always looking for exceptional social entrepreneurs from all around the world. Ventures, which are supported by the Social Venture Fund, must have proven success on the market (proof-of-concept) and also be willing and able to expand. (See section Investment Criteria)
UK FundraisingWe've gathered a range of practical, low-cost advice on fundraising from a group of experienced fundraisers, fundraising consultants and agencies.List of fundraising publications 
UnltdUnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.Online resources: directory of projects, Examples of social entrepreneurship, links to funding organisations/websites, links to organisations supporting social entrepreneurs, Reports and articles on social enterprise, Reports and articles on social entrepreneurship, links to University courses and research centres, links to Volunteering bodies. | UnLtdWorld: Online international platform that helps social entrepreneurs connect with each other, share information, build a community, do business, find resources, network. Registration is free.Different Eligibility Questionnaires for each level of awards.
Virgin Media PioneersThe Virgin Media Pioneers programme launched in March 2010 to help fledging entrepreneurs kick-start successful businesses. Through a thriving online community of likeminded people, members use videos and blogging to create a peer-to-peer network and support service.As well as hosting user-generated content, the platform offers original content especially targeted for early-stage entrepreneurs, including the Pioneers TV series. Young people can also gain access to resources tailored for early stage entrepreneurs. Regular free events and unique opportunities are also provided, such as the recent Spark Your Ideas event series, which saw Pioneers at 5 locations across the UK meet up for networking, expert marketing training and inspiration from speakers including Justice Williams CBE. 
Volunteering EnglandVolunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers.We offer a range of services designed to assist anyone who works with volunteers or who has an interest in volunteering. We also actively develop policy and campaign to raise the profile of volunteering. 
WayraTech accelerator in Latin America and Europe(i) Funding: Up to EUR 50,000 to start your business project or to give you a boost to your business plan and help you get to market quicker. In addition, Wayra can help you to find alternative ways of funding, such as external VCs and internal funds from other Telefónica ventures. (ii) Advisory: A vast network of technical and specific advisors in topics like marketing, taxes, patents and intellectual property, legal frameworks, business regulations and financial issues. (iii) Infrastructure and working space: Your place inside a Wayra Academy, a world-class co-working space where you'll find all the facilities to step into your project immediatly, and stop worrying about an office location. (iv) Mentoring & Networking: One of our distinctive characteristics as a global accelerator. By now, more than 300 mentors and technology experts help our projects with a common framework from the start. Every project in our academies receive full guidance and mentoring from local and global pools, in addition to the support from Wayra Academy staff. Our global partnerships also give our startups a good opportunity to benefit from synergies and access to valuable knowledge. (v) Training: Regular and up-to-date training services from top universities, technical and business schools. In all of our Wayra Academies we schedule, every semester, activities, talks and seminars with top class faculty members. (vi) Technical Development: Wayra startups receive, from day one, a wide picture of all digital initiatives from Telefónica. This means regular talks and consultancy from Telefónica I+D engineers, or exclusive webinars from BlueVia developers and Telefónica Digital ventures.If you form part of an entrepreneurial team and have an innovation, business idea, solution, design or project that meets a need in any of the following fields: Cloud services; Financial services; Future communications; User modeling; M2M; Digital Security; E-Health; Mobile applications and games; Network / Systems; Consumer Internet services; E-commerce; Localization services; Social innovation. Or in any other digital field associated with the web environment or mobile software, even if we do not yet know about it, whether or not you have created a company, Wayra can help you make it come true. | Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic & Ireland
Youth VentureInspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network.Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network. When the Venture team is ready to launch, Youth Venture offers: Seed funding of up to $1,000; Guidance, tools and support; Allies who provide advice, mentoring and expertise; A supportive network of fellow Youth Venturers; Identity as part of movement toward youth-led social changeCriteria for becoming a Youth Venture Team: You and your venture's leadership team are ages 12-20; Your venture benefits the community; Your venture is youth-created and youth-led; Your venture is a new organization or a major new program of an existing organization; Your venture is ongoing and sustainable (not a one-time project); Your venture has clear, attainable goals and a realistic budget; You are a part of a team that is trustworthy and committed to ethical standards.

 

 

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Angel ListA community of startups  
Arthur Guinness FundTHE Arthur Guinness Fund is an innovative investment vehicle that supports the big ideas and the passion for community of social entrepreneurs We're looking to support social entrepreneurs who are leading or starting innovative projects to change Ireland for the better.
AshdenWe champion and promote practical, local energy solutions that cut carbon, protect the environment, reduce poverty and improve people's lives.The Ashden Awards bring to light ground-breaking green energy champions in the UK and developing world and inspire others to follow. 
Balloon KenyaBalloon Kenya will support the most passionate and driven young people to find and implement solutions that improve lives.Balloon Kenya takes young people from the UK and teams them up with ambitious Kenyan youth groups to design new sustainable businesses. When participants return home with their newfound skills and confidence, we provide mentors and funding to those wanting to launch their own ventures.The programme is open to final year students, recent graduates and non-graduates under the age of 30 who can demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, drive, passion and ambition.
Big Venture ChallengeBig Venture Challenge is a national competition to find 25 of the most ambitious social entrepreneurs in England. (2011 was first one, might not happen again.)The 25 winners of Big Venture Challenge receive an initial £25K grant and the chance to access up to £150K of seed funding if matched by loans or equity from co-investors, plus first class business support and mentoring designed to keep pace with high growth social entrepreneurs.Big Venture Challenge is for social entrepreneurs who have already developed an ambitious growth strategy and are ready to implement that strategy to scale up at a rapid pace. Big Venture Challenge is aimed at start-ups with high potential that can demonstrate viable plans for growth as well as more established ventures that want to expand.
Bright Ideas TrustWe are a charity that helps young people in London who aren't in employment, education or training or who haven't had the same chances as the rest of society to start their own companies and learn business skills that will stay with them for life.Young people can apply for support - and get access to the Business Box (Training, Mentoring, Funding)(i) Aged between 16-30; (ii) Currently not in employment, education or training; (iii) Greater London based; The founder of a start-up or very early stage business, which can be: Commercial - it aims to generate profits; Sustainable - it can keep trading for at least 3 years; Scalable - it has the potential to grow in size over time (iv) An individual who can demonstrate that they: Are in need of charitable support e.g. Registered Disabled; Limited financial resources; Ethnic minority; Within or have experienced public care or the penal system; Are determined, committed and enthusiastic about owning their business; Have the interpersonal skills necessary to run their own business and to be open to learning new things from business experts.
British Library Business and IP centreThe British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business.  
Bromley by Bow CentreThe Bromley by Bow Centre is an innovative community organisation in East London, working in one of the most deprived wards in the UK.We support people across a range of projects and services in 4 main ways: We support people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles; We enable people to learn new skills; We support people to become less grant dependent and to find work; We provide the tools to create an enterprising community. 
BuzzBnkBuzzBnk is an online marketplace that connects social ventures from all walks of life with backers, supporters and fans. Through BuzzBnk, social ventures can get the support and funds they need to make bright ideas a reality.BuzzBnk backers support the initiatives they like by pledging money, time or both and carry the message to their own social networks and communities. In short, it's crowdfunding for social ventures, and our philosophy is that together, we can make great things happen.(i) Public/Social Benefit Test: BuzzBnk can work with ventures of all legal forms (including charities, CLGs, CLSs and CICs) as long as they can prove that the main purpose of their organisation is public or social benefit. We ask all our featured ventures to complete our Public/Social Benefits Test to make sure they qualify as an organisation. Click here for more information and our guidance on the Public/Social Benefits Test. (ii) Funding Target: We are happy to think big, but realistically crowdfunding works better for fundraising target between £5,000 and £30,000. If your total budget for your project is much higher than this, we would suggest you divide it into phases and start with something simple and achievable. You can find some examples here. (iii) Timeline: Remember, crowdfunding is not quick-fix for getting funding overnight. But with your commitment and cooperation, our team is always ready to help you set up your project as fast as we can. Once the project is live on the BuzzBnk site, we expect you'll need another 3-6 months to reach your target depending on the funding need, fundraising effort and public response to your project. The more you have thought your project and your fund raising goals through the better we will be able to help you!
Charity WorksCharityworks is run by a partnership of national charities. It offers a unique experience providing graduates and high flyers with the opportunity to gain experience across the charity sector.A salary (£15,000 per annum for 2011); Rotations in different charities throughout the programme; Social peer 2 peer networking; A professional management training programme; The chance to learn through a range of dynamic learning events; Exposure to a range of jobs in the corporate sector; The skills to equip you to work at first level management across the charity sector; The opportunity to learn with graduates working in the public and private sectorsWe are seeking people driven by a passion to make a difference, talented individuals who want the chance to share their ideas and skills with charities that share the same values. Applicants need to have some form of experience of volunteering or working in the charity/not for profit sector. This may include unpaid caring responsibilities within your home environment.
Clore Social Leadership ProgrammeThe Clore Social Leadership Programme is an ambitious attempt to build leadership capacity in the social sector at a time when the challenges and complexities of leadership in the sector continue to grow. The Programme aims to identify, develop and connect aspiring leaders in the wider social sector who are working for the benefit of individuals and communities across the UK and internationally. The wider social sector includes a full range of social purpose non-profit activity - charities, community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, social landlords and housing associations, etc.Fully-funded Fellowships tailored to meet the individual development needs of aspiring leaders in the social sector. The Programme is made up of core elements that all Fellows will undertake, which include: 360 degree assessment to provide evidence of leadership competencies, individual strengths and potential; Residential weeks with the full cohort of Fellows; Shorter residential sessions and day workshops with groups of Fellows; Action learning sets in groups of Fellows; Networking opportunities, online and in person; An extended secondment in an unfamiliar working environment; Access to coaching support; A personal mentor (if required); A practice-based research project to develop Fellows' skills as critical users of research and to develop a wider evidence base for the sector. | The Fellowship can be undertaken intensively over 12 months (the full-time option), or part-time, over a period of up to 24 months. On applying, you need to tell us which option you would prefer. 
Compass PartnersCompass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business.The Compass Fellowship, supported by the Kenneth Cole Foundation, is a global family of young social innovators supported by peer and professional Mentors. The Compass Fellowship is a one-year program that identifies the most passionate first-year undergraduates at schools around the country, inspires them to start a social venture, and empowers them to solve the world's greatest problems with socially-conscious business.Compass Fellows: View the world as one big community; Are passionate about social change; See problems in the world and DO something about them; Make things happen; Think up new ways to do things and are eager to share; Jive with the Compass Values; Want to participate proactively in a community of equally passionate, driven, and socially-minded individuals
Dell Social Innovation CompetitionUniversity students of the world - share your innovative ideas for solving a social or environmental problem and compete for $750,000 in prizes and awards! Connect with students, find a mentor through our global community and get inspired to put your ideas into action.(i) Since 2007, more than 15,000 students from 90 countries have proposed more than 3,000 ideas for tackling social and environmental problems. We give participants the mentoring, tools and cash prizes needed to take their projects to the next level. (ii) Our challenge site will be the world's largest community of student social innovators. You'll get access to the learning, support and feedback you need to hone your innovations.Any undergrad or graduate student in any field of study, from any country, can enter our challenge. This isn't your traditional business plan competition - you can enter a project at any stage, whether you've just thought of an idea or are already running an organization. It doesn't matter if your idea is nonprofit or for-profit.
Deloitte Social Innovation PioneersDeloitte Social Innovation Pioneers aims to showcase up to 50 socially innovative businesses from across the UK and provide them with a package of support to help them mainstream, go to scale and become investment-ready.Winners receive a bespoke package of support. Benefits include: Deloitte support team, unique to each Pioneer, designed to create and manage your investment readiness plan; Invitation to a series of events and workshops, covering the following themes: Meetings with senior Deloitte partners and client contacts; Opportunities to pitch for additional support; Input and access to cutting edge research on the sector; Opportunity to be involved a truly two way partnership with Deloitte; Access to Deloitte Programme Logo; Access to Alumni networkAny legal structure; Small to medium sized organisations; Primary business operations based in the UK; A sustainable business model and the potential to grow
Emerge Venture LabThe Emerge Venture Lab seeks to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to build system-defying solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The essence of the Lab is developing the entrepreneur, the vehicle by which we do this is their venture.The 2012 Lab provides support to student entrepreneurs on three key challenges of the venture development process: develop a business model, test your product with real customers and gain fundings. When you become part of the Lab, you gain access to incredible advisors. Lab ventures receive 1-on-1 advice from senior professionals at top consulting and legal firms and as well as our mentor community, which is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals and impact investors.All (or most) of the team must be present or recent (last 2 years) student of a UK university (any degree).
Entrepreneur FirstFirst national graduate scheme for aspiring entrepreneurs.Support can be provided through sponsorship, mentorship and networking. They also have an interesting blog with convincing articles stating why in the present economic situation it's better to create a job than look for one.Application is free of charge. Applicant needs to be a final year student or a recent graduate (last two years) of a UK university.
FreshteamWe are Freshteam, a pioneering social enterprise passionate about youth empowerment. We support young people with their entrepreneurial ideas and philanthropic ventures.One to One Support; Presentations and Workshops; Adult SupportAimed at young people - schools and young adults
Future 100 AwardsThe Future 100 Awards recognise the success of young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture.All Future 100 winners recieve: An invite to a Future 100 Celebration Event being held at Ernst & Young offices on Social Enterprise Day; Networking opportunities across sectors; A Media PR toolkit and Media Training; A one to one business clinic with a Striding Out coach; Access to networking and training opportunities throughout the year provided by Striding Out and our partners; PLUS, 10 winners who stand out for their achievements, will be selected from the chosen 100 to receive a package of specialist support from our sponsors.Applicants must be aged 18 - 35, and running a business with a social and environmental mission, with a local or global remit. The company must have a base in the UK.It is a competitive process and entrepreneurs will be selected based on the evidence they provide against the following judging criteria: Commercial Success; Social Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Environmental Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Innovation; Entrepreneurial Flair
Global ShapersThe Global Shapers Community - will provide youth with a global platform to shape the future - integrating the personal, community and global dimension. Through the unparalleled convening power of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is diverse in demographics, geographical areas and sectors. However, it is united by a common desire to channel the members' tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world. Who Are the Global Shapers? Young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society; Between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of nomination; Representing all walks of life and sharing a spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest; Highly committed to developing their leadership potential towards serving society; Adhering to the highest standards of moral and intellectual integrity; Possessing unique qualities that set them distinctly apart from the mainstream; Entrepreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project or founded a company or organization, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large; Ready to deeply engage in the community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting fellow shapers in their individual and professional development; Endorsed by an existing shaper or another member of the World Economic Forum Community
Global Social Benefit IncubatorThe Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBITM) empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that solve problems for people living in poverty around the world.We work with organizations that create value by lifting people out of poverty, utilizing self-sustaining community practices, and developing low-cost solutions. The GSBI is a combination of online, experiential, and skill-building offerings in a ten-month program.Applications are reviewed against a set of criteria based on key factors that characterize successful past participants. These include: Technology and/or product and service proof of concept; Potential for replication; A commitment to scaling by building earned income streams; Promise of solution of a social problem if the enterprise can be brought to scale; Strength of leadership and organization (the senior-most executive of organizations must attend)
Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at London Business SchoolThe mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.Provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.Each entrant team must include a graduate student (current or recent graduate within two years from the date the plan is first submitted) from any masters-level or post-graduate higher education program in any area of study in the world. The graduate student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., actively participating in development of the business plan and presentation or actively working on the business).
HorsesmouthSocial network for informal mentoring, where everyone can give and gain. You can search for a mentor, be a mentor, or simply browse the inspirational profiles and stories on the site.  
Hub Venture LabsAn incubator for social entrepreneurs that delivers a wide range of programmes, support and workshops.Supporting innovation and invention through ideation events; running multiple incubator programs from 4 to 12 weeks, some with investment prizes; providing customised non-financial support programmes on behalf of investors and foundations; holding regular office hours and keynote Q&A sessions for social entrepreneurs and impact investors; promoting active collaboration between all parties in the social enterprise ecosystem. HVL's aims to create better, more sustainable social businesses, to encourage impact investing and new forms of hybrid finance and to champion social entrepreneurs across Europe. 
Hub VenturesHub Ventures is a 12-week evening program providing funding and resources to a community of 16 entrepreneurs building for-profit solutions for a better world.Through the program, participants refine their business models and investor pitches while growing their networks of peers, mentors, and potential investors. Upon completion of the program, 3-4 ventures will receive $75,000 in seed funding (convertible debt) through a peer selection process that puts the investment decisions into the hands of the cohort. Additionally, participants will pitch to top Bay Area Impact Investors at Hub Ventures Investor DayEXPERIENCE: Top 5 position in a promising and innovative for-profit venture focused on reaching scale and achieving a measurable social impact. STAGE: Early: beyond idea, started prototyping, have customers, and legal formation completed. IMPACT: Ventures that create access and inclusion for marginalized populations locally and globally. Focus areas include (but are not limited to) education, healthcare, local living economies, food systems, Fair Trade, international development, mobile technology, affordable design, collaborative consumption, and off-grid power systems. A response to big and compelling problem coupled with a creative and systemic approach to tackling it. LOCATION: Must be Bay Area based during the duration of the program. PARTICIPATION: Only one team member per venture should attend programming. Ability to attend all Hub Ventures' events, meetings, and peer-review sessions during the 12-week cohort (mandatory gatherings will be evening based and will not exceed 3 hrs/week). Ability to present at the Hub Fast Pitch during the week of March 7-11. Availability to pitch at Hub Ventures Investor Day.
Live UnltdLive Unltd provides young people aged 11-21 with exciting opportunities to develop an idea which could change their community for the better.These young social entrepreneurs are awarded funding of up to £5,000 to start up their own social venture; from sports teams and recreational groups to hosting events, which is then coupled with non-financial support from a designated Live Unltd Development Manager in their region. The programme also gives young people the opportunity to erase the negative stereotypes associated with 'youth culture' in the media today and show that with the right financial and non-financial support, young people can become catalysts for positive social change within their community.Young entrepreneurs aged 11-21
LivityLivity is a youth engagement agency. We work with young people every day to co-create campaigns, content and communities.Inviting young people from all backgrounds into our office, to take part in our working world, and receive mentoring, training, guidance, support, advice and ultimately access and empowerment to education and employment. Involving young people in the co creation of positive and effective social campaigns, content, communities and communications for brands, government, charities and broadcasters, that reach out to a mass youth audience. 
Lloyds Business Enterprise AwardsBy seeking out the best student and graduate entrepreneurial talent across the country, our Awards provide recognition for the great businesses of tomorrow.The Awards offer prize packages to help nurture and grow your business including: An overall cash investment of £50,000 to the national best enterprise; Cash investment prizes of up to £5,000 in the initial heats; Enhanced mentoring support packages at regional and national level; Business networking and promotional opportunities.You founded, or co-founded, your own business; You are either currently a student, or you have graduated in the past 5 years; You are 18 years of age or over; Your business is based in England, Scotland or Wales; Your business has been trading for more than one year.
Mass ChallengeTo catalyze a start-up renaissance. We connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately.MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include: (i) 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more; (ii) $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support; (iii) Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry; (iv) No equity taken. No restrictions applied. | Our primary activities include running an annual global startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events. 100+ finalist teams are matched with mentors and personalized free resources.Open to anyone, from anywhere, with any startup; Everyone gets training and access to resources; Highest impact, most viable startups win awards.
My Social InnovationMySI is a dynamic project that gives free training to 13-21 year olds in skills and techniques that you won't learn in school like Time Management, Presentation Skills, Communications and Project Planning. MySI also gives all participants a chance to use their talents to make a real and lasting change. Participants can become "Social Innovators" by creating youth-led projects designed to make a difference. We do this through a process of project development that isn't found anywhere else and that anyone can do.Three stages: Training, Project Development and Launch & Mentoring (young people can choose to do only level 1).Young people aged 13-21 from all backgrounds
National Coordinating Centre for Public EngagementWe help universities engage with the public.We are inviting every university in the UK to sign up to our Manifesto for Public Engagement, which encourages institutions to commit to supporting and sharing their public engagement activity. We promote best practice in public engagement and provide a single point of contact for the whole higher education sector. We also work strategically with our key national partners to help develop work across the sector. 
SandboxSandbox is a global community of extraordinary young achievers below 30. We identify exceptional people worldwide that already have an impressive impact at a very young age, no matter in what field or industry.The advantage of being a Sandboxer: Sandbox provides values to their members on four different levels: 1. Peers= Exchange Ideas with Co-founders; 2. Senior= Be introduced and get feedback; 3. Funding= Finance your project; 4. Exposure= Show what you are doing for the worldMain criteria: Be under 30 years of age; Be a changemaker in your respective field; Be based in one of the Sandbox local hubs; Be referred by a trusted member; Agree with the terms of the Sandbox Code
Schwab Foundation for Social EntrepreneurshipThe Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum. Throughout the year, the Schwab Foundation Foundation sets up opportunities whereby specific individuals and leaders of companies and public sector organizations can come into contact with social entrepreneurs working in areas of relevance to their activities.(i) The Foundation identifies and highlights the world's leading social entrepreneurs: Annually, the Foundation and its Partners select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs through national "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" competitions and regional selection processes in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. (ii) The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurs and supports the replication of their methodologies among each other. (iiI) It supports the participation and active involvement of its selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum. These meetings offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders. (iv) Social entrepreneurs participate in Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the Forum's Global Agenda Councils. The Foundation works with selected companies to advance specific activities of social entrepreneurs or initiatives that support social entrepreneurship (partners). (v) The Foundation works with the Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs with a significant impact under the age of 40. (vi) The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the selected social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs for incorporation in undergraduate and graduate level courses. (vii) Online resources (publications, cases, inspirational videos);For Social entrepreneurs only. When selecting the members for its network, the Schwab Foundation applies a number of criteria that together characterize an outstanding social entrepreneur. The top 3 most important criteria are: Innovation, sustainability and direct social impact.
SETASThe UK's one-stop marketplace for social enterprise training and support.Directory of Support Providers - Discussion groups - Online Resources - Directory of courses 
Shaftsbury PartnershipThe Shaftesbury Partnership is a social business whose mission is to create and inspire trailblazing social reforms that empower communities by tackling disadvantage and generating opportunity.The Shaftesbury Partnership has launched a number of social enterprises in areas including employment, faith communities, healthcare, reducing reoffending, and multiple and complex needs. We are also working on: a franchise system to replicate successful models of Sure Start children's centres; a tool to assist employers in effectively recruiting people with mental health issues; and a system of innovation centres to spur improvement in the NHS. The Shaftesbury Partnership has developed a consistently effective pathway that takes a project from the identification of an entrenched social problem through to a fully scaled, high impact social venture. 
SIFESIFE brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.(i) Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to present the results of their projects, and to be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National champion teams advance to the prestigious SIFE World Cup. In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE's leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent. (ii) On the website: inspirational videos showcasing how SIFE operates and what are the outcomes for the community and for the student and presentation of SIFE success stories. (iii) Career connections initiatives: They are intended to enhance the connection between SIFE students and alumni and SIFE donor companies. These initiatives are typically organized at the national level, and depending on the country, involve a variety of activities such as career fairs held in conjunction with SIFE events, online job postings, career publications and other exclusive content and resources. (iv) The leadership programs are developed to further improve upon this connectivity between students, faculty and executives that participate in SIFE and provide even greater opportunities for SIFE participants to connect, collaborate and learn from one another.University students
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at OxfordThe Skoll Centre is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. We foster innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration.(i) Developing Talent: we offer world-class graduate education that provides students with the vision and skills to bring together market-based approaches and social innovation. (ii) Advancing Research: we generate research that contributes to the theory of social entrepreneurship and its practical applications to address critical global challenges whilst developing and supporting a network of academics and practitioners to disseminate this knowledge globally. (iii) Creating a Collaborative Hub: we connect social entrepreneurs with thought leaders and key players in business, government, and philanthropy to enhance social impact.Scholarship: The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors.To be considered, candidates must apply in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Oxford MBA application rounds and must have started or worked in a social venture for 12 months or longer.
Social Enterprise AmbassadorsThe Social Enterprise Ambassadors are leaders of some of the country's most successful social enterprises. Learn more about these exceptional people, their businesses, and how you can get involved.Tips from Social Enterprise ambassadors - News about the sector - list of external resources 
Startup FactoriesStartup Factories is a guide to accelerator programmes in the European Union. It grew from a NESTA research project which looked at the rise of such programmes in the United States and Europe and found that there was a need for better information for founders about what programmes were available in Europe and how to apply for them.List of the European startup accelerators that match their stringent criteria (about 20). Also, a short list of other EU seed funders. 
TeenBizevery month two students (one social enterprise, one business enterprise) will receive up to £500 start up funding, a business mentor and a start up pack.We're calling it 'Business in a Box' which will give students items they need to do business for real; for example Companies House set up, business cards, a website, a stationery voucher, office space, USB sticks, logo design, legal advice and virtual PA service. Winners will also receive a Natwest business abnk account.TeenBiz is open to anyone 13-18 years old. Students of all education levels, across the UK - no one is left out! You maybe studying in school or college, be home tutored, be doing an apprenticeship or be in a job. Your business could be in its early stages or a totally new idea ready to launch. As long as you are 13-18 years old with a good, solid business idea we want to hear from you.
The Social Venture FundThe Social Venture Fund invests in social businesses, which have innovative and entrepreneurial driven solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Social Venture Fund is a unique way to enable and participate in successful, as well as sustainable social change, by investing into carefully selected companies.Growth Financing: Identification of outstanding social businesses; Determination of capital needs and adequate forms of financing; Definition of miletstones and repayment of capital; Infrastructure Support; Management and legal support through selected experts; Network access; Academic support through co-operations with universities.We are always looking for exceptional social entrepreneurs from all around the world. Ventures, which are supported by the Social Venture Fund, must have proven success on the market (proof-of-concept) and also be willing and able to expand. (See section Investment Criteria)
UnltdUnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.Online resources: directory of projects, Examples of social entrepreneurship, links to funding organisations/websites, links to organisations supporting social entrepreneurs, Reports and articles on social enterprise, Reports and articles on social entrepreneurship, links to University courses and research centres, links to Volunteering bodies. | UnLtdWorld: Online international platform that helps social entrepreneurs connect with each other, share information, build a community, do business, find resources, network. Registration is free.Different Eligibility Questionnaires for each level of awards.
UpRisingThe UpRising Leadership programme's mission is to open pathways to leadership for talented young adults aged 19-25 from diverse backgrounds to be future leaders in an increasingly diverse Britain and a globalised world. Our unique programme equips young people with the life skills, knowledge, networks, confidence and power to transform their communities and Britain for the better.UpRising offers you the opportunity to: Gain leadership skills for your future career - whatever it might be; Organise for social change on an issue you are passionate about and contribute to your local community; Join a mutually supportive community of UpRisers, mentors, advisors, UpRising staff and alumni, all working together; Learn about the issues affecting your community and how major public institutions in the UK work; Take up new leadership opportunities to serve your community and Britain; Stay involved as alumni, keeping in touch with fellow UpRisers and helping to build the UpRising movement and a new generation of leaders around Britain.Aged 19-25; Live, work or study in the following areas: (i) London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Barking & Dagenham or Tower Hamlets; (ii) City of Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull or the Black Country; (iii) Bedford.
WayraTech accelerator in Latin America and Europe(i) Funding: Up to EUR 50,000 to start your business project or to give you a boost to your business plan and help you get to market quicker. In addition, Wayra can help you to find alternative ways of funding, such as external VCs and internal funds from other Telefónica ventures. (ii) Advisory: A vast network of technical and specific advisors in topics like marketing, taxes, patents and intellectual property, legal frameworks, business regulations and financial issues. (iii) Infrastructure and working space: Your place inside a Wayra Academy, a world-class co-working space where you'll find all the facilities to step into your project immediatly, and stop worrying about an office location. (iv) Mentoring & Networking: One of our distinctive characteristics as a global accelerator. By now, more than 300 mentors and technology experts help our projects with a common framework from the start. Every project in our academies receive full guidance and mentoring from local and global pools, in addition to the support from Wayra Academy staff. Our global partnerships also give our startups a good opportunity to benefit from synergies and access to valuable knowledge. (v) Training: Regular and up-to-date training services from top universities, technical and business schools. In all of our Wayra Academies we schedule, every semester, activities, talks and seminars with top class faculty members. (vi) Technical Development: Wayra startups receive, from day one, a wide picture of all digital initiatives from Telefónica. This means regular talks and consultancy from Telefónica I+D engineers, or exclusive webinars from BlueVia developers and Telefónica Digital ventures.If you form part of an entrepreneurial team and have an innovation, business idea, solution, design or project that meets a need in any of the following fields: Cloud services; Financial services; Future communications; User modeling; M2M; Digital Security; E-Health; Mobile applications and games; Network / Systems; Consumer Internet services; E-commerce; Localization services; Social innovation. Or in any other digital field associated with the web environment or mobile software, even if we do not yet know about it, whether or not you have created a company, Wayra can help you make it come true. | Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, Czech Republic & Ireland
Young Charity TrusteesExists to try to increase the number of young people becoming Trustees and to support those who already are.Mentorship, resources and support to young people who are or wish to be trustees of charities. 
Youth VentureInspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network.Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network. When the Venture team is ready to launch, Youth Venture offers: Seed funding of up to $1,000; Guidance, tools and support; Allies who provide advice, mentoring and expertise; A supportive network of fellow Youth Venturers; Identity as part of movement toward youth-led social changeCriteria for becoming a Youth Venture Team: You and your venture's leadership team are ages 12-20; Your venture benefits the community; Your venture is youth-created and youth-led; Your venture is a new organization or a major new program of an existing organization; Your venture is ongoing and sustainable (not a one-time project); Your venture has clear, attainable goals and a realistic budget; You are a part of a team that is trustworthy and committed to ethical standards.

 

 

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Acumen FundAcumen Fund is creating a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas.The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders.To become a Global Fellow: Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities; Experience working in emerging markets; Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills; Strong passion and commitment; 3-7 years of work experience; Graduate degree preferred
AIESECAIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international internships / volunteering positions, experience leadership and participate in a global learning environment. Good networking opportunities and support from the alumni. Every student member of AIESEC UK is given a 'Fast Track to Success' award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.University students
Angel ListA community of startups  
Bright WorksBrightWorks is a micro-volunteering app that allows nonprofits to get tasks completed for free online by a global volunteer community. It is an effective, simple-to-use and easy-to-get-started micro volunteering platform.BrightWorks allows volunteers to work freely on causes that they are passionate about from wherever they are and whatever time is convenient, with tasks geared towards their specific skill set. Volunteers can benefit by learning new skills as they complete projects, create stronger networks through working collaboratively on tasks with other volunteers, and give back to the community by supporting nonprofits in their valuable work. 
British Library Business and IP centreThe British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business.  
BuzzBnkBuzzBnk is an online marketplace that connects social ventures from all walks of life with backers, supporters and fans. Through BuzzBnk, social ventures can get the support and funds they need to make bright ideas a reality.BuzzBnk backers support the initiatives they like by pledging money, time or both and carry the message to their own social networks and communities. In short, it's crowdfunding for social ventures, and our philosophy is that together, we can make great things happen.(i) Public/Social Benefit Test: BuzzBnk can work with ventures of all legal forms (including charities, CLGs, CLSs and CICs) as long as they can prove that the main purpose of their organisation is public or social benefit. We ask all our featured ventures to complete our Public/Social Benefits Test to make sure they qualify as an organisation. Click here for more information and our guidance on the Public/Social Benefits Test. (ii) Funding Target: We are happy to think big, but realistically crowdfunding works better for fundraising target between £5,000 and £30,000. If your total budget for your project is much higher than this, we would suggest you divide it into phases and start with something simple and achievable. You can find some examples here. (iii) Timeline: Remember, crowdfunding is not quick-fix for getting funding overnight. But with your commitment and cooperation, our team is always ready to help you set up your project as fast as we can. Once the project is live on the BuzzBnk site, we expect you'll need another 3-6 months to reach your target depending on the funding need, fundraising effort and public response to your project. The more you have thought your project and your fund raising goals through the better we will be able to help you!
Chain ReactionChain Reaction is a community of people, passionate about social change, who are saying 'we can make a difference'.The Chain Reaction Networks helps individuals and organisations to connect together. We provide spaces - at 'real life events' and on line - in which people can collaborate with others across the boundaries that divide us and commit their energy to new ideas and new ways of working that will change the world.Chain Reaction is open to anyone who wants to get involved or make a difference
ChangentsConnecting environmental and social Change Agents with supporters around the worldSign up if you are a change agent or if you want to help one. 
Clearly SoWe connect social enterprises with investors & the corporate world. ClearlySo connects social business, enterprise, commerce and investment. Our goal is to grow the social economy.Workshops; Professional and PR Consultancy (2 hours free for members) and online publications; Networking events; Copyright services 
crowdINNOunique opportunity for organizations to source innovations from outside. Besides gaining second-to-none market insights involving the crowd leads to ideas with higher usability as well as innovativeness.At crowdINNO we are dedicated to creating the ideal framework for Crowd Innovation and making this magic happen. However, we think it is important not only to create concepts, but to really push them forward. Therefore, we accompany the process of new product development based on your concepts from the initial Jury Evaluation and the announcement of our winners up to the integration into the according organization. Wherever possible we will try to let you participate, if your concept was chosen to be pursued. 
Directory of Social ChangeDirectory of Social Change (DSC) is an independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change.We contribute towards positive social change by: Championing the needs of small and medium voluntary sector organisations; Providing practical training courses including the DSC Fundraising Training courses; Running conferences, seminars, briefings and Charityfair (the biggest annual training forum for the sector); Researching and publishing reference guides and handbooks; Producing a free monthly e-newsletter packed with information and special offers - subscribe to DSC e-news. 
Entrepreneur CountryEntrepreneur Country is a community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and media who believe that entrepreneurship and independent business growth are vital to the future of the UK and Europe. The community meets twice a year and gathers online for information and inspiration and connections.  
Escape the CityEscape the City is a global community of talented corporate professionals who want to 'do something different'.Our motto is 'do something different' and we are building Esc to provide you with the information, connections and opportunities you need to make the leap. Whether you want to find an exciting new job, start your own business or go on a big adventure - you're in the right place. Free registration. 
Global ChangemakersGlobal Changemakers is a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs.Online resources: The content is split into five sections - vision, plan, promote, do and review - which cover the different stages in the lifecycle of your project. Each section contains a pdf worksheet that you can download, print off and fill in, as well as a video that walks you through how to use it, along with case studies of Global Changemakers talking about how they themselves went through these steps running their projects.Please note that these grants are only available for full Global Changemakers, i.e. network members who have been selected to take part in one of the programme's Global or Regional Youth Summits. We cannot provide financial support to members of the community who have not been selected to attend a Global Changemakers summit.
Global Forum 40Global Forum 40 is a youth led initiative, creating peer led action.Acting as a bridge between local communities and traditions, we generate new ideas to give young people the skills to become leaders in society. Empowered by our mission we aim to create real, tangible and lasting social change in the field of sexual health & HIV. 
Global GivingGlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.Project Leaders post their causes and details about what they need on GlobalGiving.org - giving you an inside look at the project's unique needs and work being done. Individuals browse the website, research causes by topic or location, and pick the one that matches their interests and passions.To list a project on GlobalGiving, you can participate in one of our "Open Challenges". Open Challenges are an opportunity for organizations around the globe to raise funds for their projects and have the chance to become long term members of the GlobalGiving Community.
Global ShapersThe Global Shapers Community - will provide youth with a global platform to shape the future - integrating the personal, community and global dimension. Through the unparalleled convening power of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is diverse in demographics, geographical areas and sectors. However, it is united by a common desire to channel the members' tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world. Who Are the Global Shapers? Young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society; Between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of nomination; Representing all walks of life and sharing a spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest; Highly committed to developing their leadership potential towards serving society; Adhering to the highest standards of moral and intellectual integrity; Possessing unique qualities that set them distinctly apart from the mainstream; Entrepreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project or founded a company or organization, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large; Ready to deeply engage in the community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting fellow shapers in their individual and professional development; Endorsed by an existing shaper or another member of the World Economic Forum Community
HorsesmouthSocial network for informal mentoring, where everyone can give and gain. You can search for a mentor, be a mentor, or simply browse the inspirational profiles and stories on the site.  
i-Geniusi-Genius is a world community of social entrepreneurs.(i) A community website which profiles members and enables them to connect and form partnerships with each other and keep them informed via our news and social media service; (ii) Training: i-Genius Academy; (iii) Social marketing and profiling: i-Genius Promotions; (iv) Advocacy: raising awareness amongst governments, corporations, universities, NGO and media; (v) Finance: advising social entrepreneurs on securing investment and funding. 
i-Probonoi‑Probono is the first online network to connect organisations in need of legal assistance with lawyers and students who want to use their legal skills for the public goodAn organisation posts a project - i-Probono identifies the best members for the project and sends them an email alert. Members who want to volunteer their services register their interest in the project. The organisation surveys the members' profiles and chooses the most suitable candidates. The parties are now connected!Students, lawyers and organisations can register.
IdealistIdealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.(i) Volunteer opportunities, events; (ii) Online resources; (iii) List of organisations offering fellowships around the world; (iv) Students can post their events on the website. 
Make SenseMakeSense is an open project which challenges people for social business.MakeSense connects Social Entrepreneurs with individuals ready to take up their challenges. It challenges people online thanks to a Web-Application (makesense.org) and offline through gatherings. 
My Kinda CrowdTurn your ideas into cash, internships and prizes. Whatever you're interested in, there's a challenge for you. Come up with ideas of your own, or team up with friends. It's free, it's easy and it's your chance to be recognised by great companies and get rewarded.Sign up for free; Join a challenge; Submit your idea. | Benefits include: Prizes; Getting a job; Get noticed and link with businesses; Show off your talent and get noticed3 kinds of user: Student, Educator, Lecturer. Companies also post challenges for students to solve.
Net ImpactNet Impact is a new generation of leaders who use our careers to tackle the world's toughest problems. We put our business skills to work for good throughout every sector. By doing so, we show the world that it's possible to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but people and planet too.With Net Impact membership, you can expect to: Learn about latest trends and discover how your skills can be used towards a career for good; Connect with other changemakers to share world-changing ideas and provide career insight; Find opportunities to lead change on your campus, or in your workplace or community, while developing critical skills. | NOTE: You can also be Supporting Member or Lifetime Member: Net Impact's graduate and undergrad competitions give students the chance to apply their education to real-world CSR and sustainability projects, develop key business skills through hands-on opportunities, and compete for prizes and accolades. 
1%Club1%CLUB is the platform that connects smart development projects with people, money and knowledge around the world.Through the website you can choose yourself which projects you want to support, so you know exactly where your 1% is going. The website combines Web 2.0 elements with the rise of people and organisations who want to contribute to development cooperation, and is therefore really in itself a form of International Cooperation 2.0 
OpenIDEOOpenIDEO is a place where people design better, together for social good. It's an online platform for creative thinkersAfter a challenge is posted at OpenIDEO.com, the three development phases - inspiration, concepting, and evaluation - are put into motion. Community members can contribute in a variety of different ways, from inspirational observations and photos, sketches of ideas, to business models and snippets of code. Sometimes this can be in the form of a comment; other times, it's building off a previous person's work.OpenIDEO welcomes all creative thinkers. To participate in a challenge, we first ask you to sign up
RSA Social Entrepreneurs NetworkThe Social Entrepreneurs Network is a new network launched to convene all FRSA's interested in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise.Regular Breakfasts, Online discussions 
SERNUKThe main aim of SERNUK (Social Enterprise Research Network UK) is to create a forum for UK PhD students and early career researchers to communicate with each other, share ideas, learn and get new perspectives on their own as well as others' research. It also provides an opportunity to develop partnerships with similar networks in other countries. In addition, SERNUK brings together UK PhD students and early career researchers who are working on social enterprise issues once a year for a series of seminars.Discussion area; Suggested readings; Useful links; Series of seminars once a year.UK PhD students and early career researchers
SETASThe UK's one-stop marketplace for social enterprise training and support.Directory of Support Providers - Discussion groups - Online Resources - Directory of courses 
seToolbeltseToolbelt is an open content resource hub that helps social entrepreneurs plan, launch, manage, and grow successful social enterprises.seToolbelt's mission is "to enable social entrepreneurs to find, share, and develop practical resources through a global peer learning network to help them plan, start, manage, problem-solve, and grow successful social enterprises." Over 1,400 free toolkits, cases, essays, videos, examples, tips, podcasts, business plans, research papers, and templates 
Shell LiwevireShell LiveWIRE is an online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business.We offer free online business advice and support, funding and networking opportunities to new start ups, so register a FREE Shell LiveWIRE account to access our full range of benefits.Young entrepreneurs who are starting or running their own business (16-30)
SmartaSmarta is a new support platform for business owners and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop where business owners can connect, learn and actually _do_ business.  
Social EdgeSocial Edge is a program of the Skoll Foundation. It is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources. Social Edge has an audience of tens of thousands of social entrepreneurs around the world; it is particularly targeted at social entrepreneurs with limited access to other local resources and practitioners due to the nature of their work (e.g., international development) or their location (e.g., developing countries or in rural areas).Every week, we host two online discussions moderated by experts in the field. We also keep blogs, ranging from the inspirational to the practical. We even have podcasts if you want to listen to fellow social entrepreneurs from your computer. Expert Advice page is full of good tips. Wiki page with information about social entrepreneurship. The Global Social Benefit Incubator empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations and to solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. As the signature program of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, this experiential skill-building program combines online and in-residence exercises with training and mentoring from academic leaders and Silicon Valley visionaries over an intensive 8-month period.For social entrepreneurs
Social Enterprise AmbassadorsThe Social Enterprise Ambassadors are leaders of some of the country's most successful social enterprises. Learn more about these exceptional people, their businesses, and how you can get involved.Tips from Social Enterprise ambassadors - News about the sector - list of external resources 
Social Enterprise CoalitionWe are the national body for social enterprise."You can join Social Enterprise UK from £75. | Raise awareness of social enterprise and what it can achieve through the media and campaigning; Provide business advice and support to start-ups and growing social enterprises; Promote best practice through resources - we publish a range of case studies, how to guides and training materials; Build networks and encourage shared learning through events; Inform the policy agenda working with key decision makers. We strive to improve the environment for social enterprise by advising government, informing consultations and hosting policy events; Influence politicians across the spectrum, generating support for social enterprise. Political engagement has been the bedrock of our work and we continue to have great success pushing social enterprise up the policy agenda; Work with private sector organisations wishing to consolidate their position in the rapidly growing social enterprise market; Undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base; Provide a range of consultancy services."Our members are organisations only (Online applications)
Social Enterprise NetworkThe Guardian Social Enterprise Network brings together the latest insight, comment and advice for professionals working in and with the social enterprise sector.Join today and, as a Network member, you'll get exclusive content, VIP invitations, special offers on events and conferences and more. 
Social Enterprise SearchSocial Enterprise Search aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of all Social Enterprises and Not for Profit Organisations in United Kingdom, to promote the good work that they do and connect them within one site. SES is powered by a sophisticated search engine that crawls websites, brochures and social media for information and then collates it allowing you to accurately find what you want every time.  
Social Innovation Exchange (SIX)SIX inspires, connects and supports social innovators. We also work with a variety of players to create an environment that helps social innovation to flourish. SIX is a global community of over 3000 individuals and organisations - including small NGOs and global firms, public agencies and academics - committed to promoting social innovation and growing the capacity of the field.ACTIVITIES: (i) SIX TelePresences make use of unique Cisco teleconferencing technologies to connect social innovators from across the globe to discuss topics ranging from 'Hubs Labs and Incubators,' to 'The Theoretical Foundations of Social Innovation' and 'Creating an Environment for Social Innovation to Flourish.' (ii) Spring Schools: The SIX Spring Schools are annual, three-day events that are built on the Accelerator Model-by bringing SIX community members together in an intimate group to discuss and find innovative solutions to very specific challenges, these events concentrate our collective intelligence and accelerate the process of innovation. Past SIX Spring Schools have addressed 'Co-creating Democracy: Citizen Passion in the 21st Century,' and 'Innovation and Opportunity in an Ageing Society.' (iii) Summer Schools: Summer Schools are designed to connect social innovators face to face, and support the strengthening of their networks, and inspire them to innovate new solutions to social issues. While Spring Schools have a tight focus on a single issue, Summer Schools address broad subjects, encouraging a diversity of insights, inputs, and inspirations. (iv) Online Hubs : SIX makes use of online tools to bring together our network of social innovators across borders, time zones, and sectors. We host three websites, including www.socialinnovationexchange.org, www.socialinnovationeurope.eu, and www.socialinnovator.info, our living textbook of methods and tools for innovators around the world, sourced from innovators from around the world. 
SpiceSpice is a social enterprise that develops agency timebanking systems for communities and public services that engage and empower the many rather than the few.Spice has developed agency time credit applications to engage people in the design and delivery of their public and community services and to support people to take a more active role in their communities. Whether that is with pupils in schools, tenants in housing associations or local people working with their community anchor organisation, these time agency tools increase active engagement, reduce dependency and build community and individual esteem. People are thanked with credits for contributing time to their community (putting 'Time In'). People use credits to access events, training and leisure services, or to trade time with neighbours (getting 'Time Out'). Transaction costs are minimal as it is coordinated by existing community facing staff, and because the redemption menu uses under-used community resources as well as direct (unmediated) exchanges between citizens. 
StartacusStartacus aims to bring you and all the other self starters together, to empower, celebrate and encourage the idea maker, innovator and thinker; to help, motivate and develop a creative community and culture.A community that will give you the inspiration, support & motivation to help your ideas, grow, walk & then run. You will be joining a community that bridges the gap between you, the self starter & the resources you need to flourish, where you can collaborate with other community members to make your ideas and projects, an actual reality. 
StartUp BritainStartUp Britain is a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, launched on 28th March 2011.Links to website providing help for starting a new business (funding, find an idea, writing a business plan, create a logo, find sponsors, choosing a name, finding an insurance, tax help, registration, finding office space, getting a bank loan, setting up a website/email, inspiring stories, events to go to etc). The webiste also contains a section for people who want to grow their business. Note: There is one tab about social enterprise. 
Startup WeekendStartup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend's attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.Education; Build your network; Co-Founder Dating; Learn a new skill; Actually launch a business; Get face time with thought leaders; Save money & get stuff; Join a global community. 
Third Sector ForumsThird Sector Forums is a friendly online community for UK charity professionals, volunteers and social entrepreneurs.The forums are a place for people to network, learn, debate and discuss third sector issues. Categories include funding, fundraising, governance, legal issues, internet, marketing, campaigns, social enterprise and more. While the forums are third sector focused, private and public professionals are welcome too. The forums are 100% free to use and run by volunteers. 
TreeHuggerTreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. We publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, twice-monthly radio interviews, and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages. 
U8The U8 is a global network that connects students from around the world to discuss issues related to global development. U8 operates on two levels: a global level and a local level.On a global level, we link students through our website; through a twinning process between universities in countries of differing levels of development and through online summits. We provide a platform for global conversations that create a truly global community. | On a local level, we encourage our groups to organise a variety of events, such as talks, panel debates, discussion forums and film showings. We support individual student societies as they raise awareness of the importance and complexity of development issues in their own university and area from a non-partisan perspective. 
vInspiredvInspired is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them. It connects 14-25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in EnglandvInspired believes that every young person has the right to volunteer, and reaches out to disadvantaged young people and those who've never considered volunteering. Our projects are designed to engage young people who are under-represented in volunteering - for example, minority groups and those not in education, employment or training. vInspired.com makes it easy for young people to find information about volunteering opportunities. We promote youth leadership, and helped more than 1,700 young people to set up their own voluntary projects with funding from vcashpoint. We also challenge the negative image of young people and champions the positive contributions they make.14-25 year olds
Virgin Media PioneersThe Virgin Media Pioneers programme launched in March 2010 to help fledging entrepreneurs kick-start successful businesses. Through a thriving online community of likeminded people, members use videos and blogging to create a peer-to-peer network and support service.As well as hosting user-generated content, the platform offers original content especially targeted for early-stage entrepreneurs, including the Pioneers TV series. Young people can also gain access to resources tailored for early stage entrepreneurs. Regular free events and unique opportunities are also provided, such as the recent Spark Your Ideas event series, which saw Pioneers at 5 locations across the UK meet up for networking, expert marketing training and inspiration from speakers including Justice Williams CBE. 
Workers in Student Community VolunteeringWiSCV is a support network for anyone working in frontline community volunteering projects in Further or Higher Education (FE or HE). The network encompasses both frontline student volunteer workers and those working with staff volunteers in FE and HE institutions, as a networking forum.We have a Mailbase, which members are encouraged to join so that you can request ideas from other members and keep up-to-date with things that are happening in the student volunteering sector. WiSCV is a partner of Volunteering England, the national volunteer development agency for England. We are also working to build links with the volunteer development agencies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. WiSCV also links in to other regional and national bodies, in order to raise the profile of student volunteering and represent our members etc. We have regional groups which meet between 4-6 times each year. Attending the regional meetings gives you the chance to meet with others doing a similar role and share ideas. Many groups run regional events, which can be a great way to significantly raise the profile of student volunteering where you're based. Regional groups are also good fun and a great source of support. 
Young EntrepreneurYoungEntrepreneur.com was launched in 1999 and has grown to become one of the largest online forum communities for entrepreneurs worldwide.Our social network and blog properties showcase Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Online Business Strategies, Entrepreneur Interviews, and several features, solutions and support to assist small business owners with starting, managing and growing successful business ventures.Membership but online support is accessible to all

 

 

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British Library Business and IP centreThe British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business.  
Bromley by Bow CentreThe Bromley by Bow Centre is an innovative community organisation in East London, working in one of the most deprived wards in the UK.We support people across a range of projects and services in 4 main ways: We support people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles; We enable people to learn new skills; We support people to become less grant dependent and to find work; We provide the tools to create an enterprising community. 
BuzzBnkBuzzBnk is an online marketplace that connects social ventures from all walks of life with backers, supporters and fans. Through BuzzBnk, social ventures can get the support and funds they need to make bright ideas a reality.BuzzBnk backers support the initiatives they like by pledging money, time or both and carry the message to their own social networks and communities. In short, it's crowdfunding for social ventures, and our philosophy is that together, we can make great things happen.(i) Public/Social Benefit Test: BuzzBnk can work with ventures of all legal forms (including charities, CLGs, CLSs and CICs) as long as they can prove that the main purpose of their organisation is public or social benefit. We ask all our featured ventures to complete our Public/Social Benefits Test to make sure they qualify as an organisation. Click here for more information and our guidance on the Public/Social Benefits Test. (ii) Funding Target: We are happy to think big, but realistically crowdfunding works better for fundraising target between £5,000 and £30,000. If your total budget for your project is much higher than this, we would suggest you divide it into phases and start with something simple and achievable. You can find some examples here. (iii) Timeline: Remember, crowdfunding is not quick-fix for getting funding overnight. But with your commitment and cooperation, our team is always ready to help you set up your project as fast as we can. Once the project is live on the BuzzBnk site, we expect you'll need another 3-6 months to reach your target depending on the funding need, fundraising effort and public response to your project. The more you have thought your project and your fund raising goals through the better we will be able to help you!
Chain ReactionChain Reaction is a community of people, passionate about social change, who are saying 'we can make a difference'.The Chain Reaction Networks helps individuals and organisations to connect together. We provide spaces - at 'real life events' and on line - in which people can collaborate with others across the boundaries that divide us and commit their energy to new ideas and new ways of working that will change the world.Chain Reaction is open to anyone who wants to get involved or make a difference
Clearly SoWe connect social enterprises with investors & the corporate world. ClearlySo connects social business, enterprise, commerce and investment. Our goal is to grow the social economy.Workshops; Professional and PR Consultancy (2 hours free for members) and online publications; Networking events; Copyright services 
Community Action Network (CAN)CAN supports social enterprises and charities to scale up their businesses and maximise their social impact.We provide business support and capital as well as running CAN Mezzanine, high-quality and affordable office space exclusively for the social sector. 
Community MattersWe stand for the collective action of ordinary people within their neighbourhood through inclusive, locally-rooted and accountable community organisations.(i) Membership: By creating a national network of community organisations and activists who share our vision and support our aims. Our membership is constantly evolving to meet changing social needs, and includes multipurpose community organisations, communities of interest, local support and infrastructure bodies, and Associates. Members are supported with a comprehensive range of tool kits and hands-on advice and support, and help shape the direction of Community Matters by electing representatives to the National Executive Committee. (ii) Services: By developing and delivering low-cost, targeted and practical support. This includes training and consultancy; free advice and legal services; business development support; online resources; and a dedicated youth department. We also offer deliver specialist programmes like Communitybuilders and Community Assets Matter, along with campaigns such as Red Flags crisis management and The YES Project for youth engagement. To underpin our committment to the highest standard of community work we developed VISIBLE Communities™, comprising our nationally recognised quality standard and development tools. (iii) Campaigning: By building a comprehensive programme of external affairs work covering policy, parliamentary affairs, communications and a growing portfolio of research work. We also seek to enable community activists by providing campaigning resources and briefings on legal and regulatory issues. In addition we are a member of and provide the secretariat for the Community Sector Law Monitoring Group, which lobbies on behalf of 15 voluntary and community sector networks. 
Eastern Enterprise HubEastern Enterprise Hub is a dynamic organisation delivering real economic growth, by encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship, social enterprises and start-up businesses throughout the East.We achieve our goals through and deliver strong support for would-be entrepreneurs through: (i) The Enterprise Academy (16-18 year olds); (ii) The School for Social Entrepreneurs - Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and cambridgeshire (SSE); (iii) The 5th Floor Business Club - our unique student to business network; (iv) Wider Enterprise Support 
Echoing GreenEchoing Green invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions. Through a two-year fellowship program, we help our network of visionaries develop new solutions to society's most difficult problems.Echoing Green's world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world's most promising social entrepreneurs. Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. We offer: A stipend of $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years; A health insurance stipend; A yearly professional development stipend; Conferences led by organizational development experts; Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization; A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world. You can also browse the online resources: links to fellows' websites, blogposts and signposting servicesCriteria include: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older; Organization must be the original idea of the applicant; Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green's financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible; Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization's development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies; Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However applicants based in the US must have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
Entrepreneur FirstFirst national graduate scheme for aspiring entrepreneurs.Support can be provided through sponsorship, mentorship and networking. They also have an interesting blog with convincing articles stating why in the present economic situation it's better to create a job than look for one.Application is free of charge. Applicant needs to be a final year student or a recent graduate (last two years) of a UK university.
Forth Sector DevelopmentWe are leaders in thinking and practice in the fields of procurement, community benefit, social impact, organisational transformation and employability. For these reasons, our professional consultancy services, advice and support are sought nationally and internationally.Our Services Include: Procurement support to the Public and Private Sector; Procurement support including tender writing support to the Third Sector; Development of policy in the field of social enterprise; Support in the development of employability programmes; Best advice, training and support in Impact Measurement; Business coaching and mentoring in a wide range of business skills. 
Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)In April 2007, philanthropist Emma Harrison, made the decision to start a charity that would allow her donations, and those of others, to give small charities the strategic support they need to stay open and be there for everyone who needed their help.(i) WE BUILD KNOWLEDGE - for free. About what? - Fundraising. Why? - Because without a secure income you, as small charities, cannot plan, improve or even guarantee you will be around to help those who depend upon you. (ii) WE HELP YOU BUILD YOUR SKILLS in applying for funds, running events and appeals, learning how to look after your donations and how to communicate properly with your donors. We throw in the odd international expert to inspire you and event for you to take part in too.Must be a small charity for free services; large charities pay for consultancy.
Future 100 AwardsThe Future 100 Awards recognise the success of young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture.All Future 100 winners recieve: An invite to a Future 100 Celebration Event being held at Ernst & Young offices on Social Enterprise Day; Networking opportunities across sectors; A Media PR toolkit and Media Training; A one to one business clinic with a Striding Out coach; Access to networking and training opportunities throughout the year provided by Striding Out and our partners; PLUS, 10 winners who stand out for their achievements, will be selected from the chosen 100 to receive a package of specialist support from our sponsors.Applicants must be aged 18 - 35, and running a business with a social and environmental mission, with a local or global remit. The company must have a base in the UK.It is a competitive process and entrepreneurs will be selected based on the evidence they provide against the following judging criteria: Commercial Success; Social Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Environmental Responsibility and Demonstrated Impact; Innovation; Entrepreneurial Flair
i-Probonoi‑Probono is the first online network to connect organisations in need of legal assistance with lawyers and students who want to use their legal skills for the public goodAn organisation posts a project - i-Probono identifies the best members for the project and sends them an email alert. Members who want to volunteer their services register their interest in the project. The organisation surveys the members' profiles and chooses the most suitable candidates. The parties are now connected!Students, lawyers and organisations can register.
New Philanthropy CapitalNew Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is a consultancy and think tank dedicated to helping funders and charities to achieve a greater impact. We provide independent research, tools and advice for charities and funders, in the UK and internationally.Build world-class research and tools to understand and increase the impact achieved by charities and their funders, and to share this as widely as possible; Provide first-rate advice and consulting services to help charities and funders maximise their impact; Inspire and lead the debate about what makes effective charities and how this can be measured. 
Pro Help (BITC)ProHelp is a national network of over 400 professional firms committed to making a difference in their local community by providing free advice and professional support.In the past year alone, ProHelp firms supported 593 local community groups and voluntary organisations with more than £1.3m worth of free professional advice and expertise to voluntary organisations that would not otherwise have access to these services. ProHelp is the only national multi-sector professional firm network and is therefore able to provide members with opportunities to meet with and work alongside other professions, it also provides a valuable 'one-stop' resource to community organisations seeking support. 
Redmoor CommunicationsLeading specialists in digital communications, PR, coaching and stakeholder engagement for social enterprisesRedmoor Communications is a community interest communications consultancy specialising in providing cost effective support for new and established social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations.Social entrepreneurs
Schwab Foundation for Social EntrepreneurshipThe Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum. Throughout the year, the Schwab Foundation Foundation sets up opportunities whereby specific individuals and leaders of companies and public sector organizations can come into contact with social entrepreneurs working in areas of relevance to their activities.(i) The Foundation identifies and highlights the world's leading social entrepreneurs: Annually, the Foundation and its Partners select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs through national "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" competitions and regional selection processes in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. (ii) The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurs and supports the replication of their methodologies among each other. (iiI) It supports the participation and active involvement of its selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum. These meetings offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders. (iv) Social entrepreneurs participate in Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the Forum's Global Agenda Councils. The Foundation works with selected companies to advance specific activities of social entrepreneurs or initiatives that support social entrepreneurship (partners). (v) The Foundation works with the Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs with a significant impact under the age of 40. (vi) The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the selected social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs for incorporation in undergraduate and graduate level courses. (vii) Online resources (publications, cases, inspirational videos);For Social entrepreneurs only. When selecting the members for its network, the Schwab Foundation applies a number of criteria that together characterize an outstanding social entrepreneur. The top 3 most important criteria are: Innovation, sustainability and direct social impact.
SETASThe UK's one-stop marketplace for social enterprise training and support.Directory of Support Providers - Discussion groups - Online Resources - Directory of courses 
Shell LiwevireShell LiveWIRE is an online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business.We offer free online business advice and support, funding and networking opportunities to new start ups, so register a FREE Shell LiveWIRE account to access our full range of benefits.Young entrepreneurs who are starting or running their own business (16-30)
SmartaSmarta is a new support platform for business owners and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop where business owners can connect, learn and actually _do_ business.  
Social Enterprise CoalitionWe are the national body for social enterprise."You can join Social Enterprise UK from £75. | Raise awareness of social enterprise and what it can achieve through the media and campaigning; Provide business advice and support to start-ups and growing social enterprises; Promote best practice through resources - we publish a range of case studies, how to guides and training materials; Build networks and encourage shared learning through events; Inform the policy agenda working with key decision makers. We strive to improve the environment for social enterprise by advising government, informing consultations and hosting policy events; Influence politicians across the spectrum, generating support for social enterprise. Political engagement has been the bedrock of our work and we continue to have great success pushing social enterprise up the policy agenda; Work with private sector organisations wishing to consolidate their position in the rapidly growing social enterprise market; Undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base; Provide a range of consultancy services."Our members are organisations only (Online applications)
Social Enterprise LondonSocial Enterprise London is a world-leading provider of training, research, networking and consultancy for social enterprise.At SEL, we connect the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office, London Councils, the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency, the Department of Health, leading corporations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and the Royal Bank of Scotland to the growing network of social enterprises across the capital, the UK and the world. Whether you're starting up, an existing social enterprise or looking to integrate social enterprise into your services, we can help. You can also sign up for free or register as a business member and for £80.00 + VAT per year. 
StartUp BritainStartUp Britain is a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, launched on 28th March 2011.Links to website providing help for starting a new business (funding, find an idea, writing a business plan, create a logo, find sponsors, choosing a name, finding an insurance, tax help, registration, finding office space, getting a bank loan, setting up a website/email, inspiring stories, events to go to etc). The webiste also contains a section for people who want to grow their business. Note: There is one tab about social enterprise. 
Striding OutStriding Out helps individuals stride out to success. We provide professional coaching, training and networking support to: Entrepreneurs, Career Changers, Professionals, Leaders and Young People.We have a comprehensive business toolbox of resources, articles, tools and techniques for starting and developing your business. 
SustainAbilityWe work with diverse clients and partners to create value through development of innovative solutions to environmental, social and governance challenges.Online resources (video, publications, cases) under Library. The resources deal with the following themes: Access, Accountability, Consumers and Brands, Energy & Climate, Globalization, Resources & Eco-systems, Strategy & Innovation. 
The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC)The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) is a strategy consulting firm operating at the intersection of the for- and non-profit worlds.We provide businesses, foundations, philanthropists, charities and social enterprises with the advice and support they need to maximise their social impact. 
The Social Venture FundThe Social Venture Fund invests in social businesses, which have innovative and entrepreneurial driven solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Social Venture Fund is a unique way to enable and participate in successful, as well as sustainable social change, by investing into carefully selected companies.Growth Financing: Identification of outstanding social businesses; Determination of capital needs and adequate forms of financing; Definition of miletstones and repayment of capital; Infrastructure Support; Management and legal support through selected experts; Network access; Academic support through co-operations with universities.We are always looking for exceptional social entrepreneurs from all around the world. Ventures, which are supported by the Social Venture Fund, must have proven success on the market (proof-of-concept) and also be willing and able to expand. (See section Investment Criteria)
Three HandsThree Hands is a small company that makes an impact on business - by developing and engaging people, and bringing them closer to the communities in which they work - and an impact on society - by directly benefiting community organisations.Our work is designed to tackle business objectives in the areas of community involvement and corporate social responsibility, learning & development, employee engagement and sustainability. We do this in ways that not only deliver business outcomes, but that also benefits charities, communities and society as a whole. We work with clients on an ongoing, long term basis and on a project basis, and there are three broad categories to our work: (i) Learning & development - we design and deliver experiential learning to develop skills and behaviours, and awareness of social issues, all through real projects that connect employees with communities. (ii) Community projects - we keep employees engaged, motivated and connected to the real world through tailored community initiatives such as team days, charity partnerships and overseas community projects. (iii) Consultancy - we offer tailored support in topics as varied as community engagement strategy, measurement & evaluation, sourcing and designing charity partnerships and helping to set up volunteering programmes. 
Visceral BusinessWe're a networked partnership organisation redefining the nature of organisation and a developer of social business and brand value. Our aim is to help create powerful, effective and quantified organisations that can use social media to boost their performance and develop a sustainable, differentiated advantage.By helping them to combine data, experience and meaning together, we can help you reduce overheads, increase productivity, improve brand reputation, develop stakeholder engagement and grow the social capital value of stakeholders, donors, volunteers and supporters that organisations have, as they become connected enterprises. 
White & Case LLPOur global presence gives us not only an opportunity but also a responsibility to provide legal counsel and assistance to the communities in which we do business. Through our social responsibility initiative, we look for ways to apply our experience to the challenges faced by the global community.Pro Bono; Legal Education; Volunteerism; Charitable Contributions; Green Initiative 

 

 

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Action for HappinessAction for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We're bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.Members of the movement make a simple pledge: to try to create more happiness in the world around them through the way they approach their lives. We provide practical ideas to enable people to take action in different areas of their lives - at home, at work or in the community. We hope many of our members will form local groups to take action together. 
Acumen FundAcumen Fund is creating a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas.The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders.To become a Global Fellow: Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities; Experience working in emerging markets; Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills; Strong passion and commitment; 3-7 years of work experience; Graduate degree preferred
Alliance MagazineAlliance is the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwideAs well as news and conference reports, articles, book reviews and opinion columns, each issue has a special in-depth feature on some key aspect of philanthropy and social investment, with contributors from around the world and expert guest editors. 
Anti ApathyAnti-Apathy (AA) promotes and supports people who take creative and innovative approaches to social and environmental issues. From 'guilt-free' fashion to crowd-powered online platforms for change, AA has been the home of sustainable lifestyles innovation and collaboration since 2002.Through spoken word, film, live music and debate, AA events have creatively explored the vital issues of our time whilst supporting engagement in positive change. Anti-Apathy has explored a diverse number of themes, from water to food, fashion and money, looking at what drives our every day lives and how individual and collective action can influence change in those areas. 
Aspen Network of Development EntrepreneursA global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Our members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries. Ultimately, we seek to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.ANDE identifies common strategic challenges and opportunities facing SGBs, and, based on these findings, provides programs and services for our members and the sector as a whole. We aspire to be the leading convener and conduit for organizations and individuals committed to building SGBs in the developing world. We act as a trusted advocate for the SGB sector, educating investors and policy makers about the extraordinary opportunity the sector represents. 
Beyond Profit - Cambridge UniversityOur mission is to inspire and support students to make the world a better place through their career or through entrepreneurship. Our success is based on helping students to get their ideal jobs and to turn their ideas into businesses. Whether you are interested in social business, international development, the environment, or just think you should be doing something good, Beyond Profit is a great place to find out more.
British Library Business and IP centreThe British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business.  
Bromley by Bow CentreThe Bromley by Bow Centre is an innovative community organisation in East London, working in one of the most deprived wards in the UK.We support people across a range of projects and services in 4 main ways: We support people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles; We enable people to learn new skills; We support people to become less grant dependent and to find work; We provide the tools to create an enterprising community. 
Business in the CommunityWe are a business-led charity with a growing membership of 850 companies. We advise, support and challenge our members to create a sustainable future for people and the planet and to improve business performance. Our members work with us to define what responsibility looks like in the workplace, marketplace, community and the environment - and we share what we learn about driving performance through responsible business practice.Online resources: publications, case studies, signposting services on CSR; Volunteering opportunities; Range of in-house training courses on responsible business practices 
Business LinkBusiness Link is government's online resource for businesses.Business Link is the first place to go to find guidance on regulations and to access government services. It also has a number of useful online tools, calculators, and best practice case studies; and provides access to funding options, as well as wider support. 
BuzzBnkBuzzBnk is an online marketplace that connects social ventures from all walks of life with backers, supporters and fans. Through BuzzBnk, social ventures can get the support and funds they need to make bright ideas a reality.BuzzBnk backers support the initiatives they like by pledging money, time or both and carry the message to their own social networks and communities. In short, it's crowdfunding for social ventures, and our philosophy is that together, we can make great things happen.(i) Public/Social Benefit Test: BuzzBnk can work with ventures of all legal forms (including charities, CLGs, CLSs and CICs) as long as they can prove that the main purpose of their organisation is public or social benefit. We ask all our featured ventures to complete our Public/Social Benefits Test to make sure they qualify as an organisation. Click here for more information and our guidance on the Public/Social Benefits Test. (ii) Funding Target: We are happy to think big, but realistically crowdfunding works better for fundraising target between £5,000 and £30,000. If your total budget for your project is much higher than this, we would suggest you divide it into phases and start with something simple and achievable. You can find some examples here. (iii) Timeline: Remember, crowdfunding is not quick-fix for getting funding overnight. But with your commitment and cooperation, our team is always ready to help you set up your project as fast as we can. Once the project is live on the BuzzBnk site, we expect you'll need another 3-6 months to reach your target depending on the funding need, fundraising effort and public response to your project. The more you have thought your project and your fund raising goals through the better we will be able to help you!
Center for the Advancement of Social EntrepreneurshipIn promoting the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact, CASE develops and disseminates knowledge, provides links to relevant external resources, and seeks to engage social entrepreneurs and community organizations with our students and work.  
ChangentsConnecting environmental and social Change Agents with supporters around the worldSign up if you are a change agent or if you want to help one. 
Community MattersWe stand for the collective action of ordinary people within their neighbourhood through inclusive, locally-rooted and accountable community organisations.(i) Membership: By creating a national network of community organisations and activists who share our vision and support our aims. Our membership is constantly evolving to meet changing social needs, and includes multipurpose community organisations, communities of interest, local support and infrastructure bodies, and Associates. Members are supported with a comprehensive range of tool kits and hands-on advice and support, and help shape the direction of Community Matters by electing representatives to the National Executive Committee. (ii) Services: By developing and delivering low-cost, targeted and practical support. This includes training and consultancy; free advice and legal services; business development support; online resources; and a dedicated youth department. We also offer deliver specialist programmes like Communitybuilders and Community Assets Matter, along with campaigns such as Red Flags crisis management and The YES Project for youth engagement. To underpin our committment to the highest standard of community work we developed VISIBLE Communities™, comprising our nationally recognised quality standard and development tools. (iii) Campaigning: By building a comprehensive programme of external affairs work covering policy, parliamentary affairs, communications and a growing portfolio of research work. We also seek to enable community activists by providing campaigning resources and briefings on legal and regulatory issues. In addition we are a member of and provide the secretariat for the Community Sector Law Monitoring Group, which lobbies on behalf of 15 voluntary and community sector networks. 
CSR wireCSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information.The service offers more than the traditional newswire service with its Daily Alerts, events calendar, thought-provoking editorials, popular Talkback blog, CSRlive, CSR book reviews, special report distribution, CSR directory, CSRwire Member Spotlights and searchable archives. For members distributing news, CSRwire offers analytics dashboards displaying headline impressions, content views, conversion rates, distribution, demographics, global reach and other features. 
EnternshipsEnternships is the portal for entrepreneurial work placements. It was started by Rajeeb Dey at Oxford University to connect fellow students with small businesses and startups. Since formally launching in 2009, more than 3000 companies in over 20 countries have used Enternships to find graduate talent. The organisation connects dynamic, talented students and graduates with ambitious startups and small businesses.Students can browse opportunities and companies on the website (mainly London-based, but opportunities in other UK cities as well). "Resource Zone"(videos, Tips from well-known people, Expert guides for employers). Students can create an account for free and sign up to the newsletter. 
Entrepreneur CountryEntrepreneur Country is a community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and media who believe that entrepreneurship and independent business growth are vital to the future of the UK and Europe. The community meets twice a year and gathers online for information and inspiration and connections.  
FidgitBoxFidgit Box is an online platform whose mission is to creatively connect people to the world's innovative ideas through media.Inspirational videos 
FoundationVideo interviews with startup founders.  
Global ChangemakersGlobal Changemakers is a vibrant community of young activists, volunteers and social entrepreneurs.Online resources: The content is split into five sections - vision, plan, promote, do and review - which cover the different stages in the lifecycle of your project. Each section contains a pdf worksheet that you can download, print off and fill in, as well as a video that walks you through how to use it, along with case studies of Global Changemakers talking about how they themselves went through these steps running their projects.Please note that these grants are only available for full Global Changemakers, i.e. network members who have been selected to take part in one of the programme's Global or Regional Youth Summits. We cannot provide financial support to members of the community who have not been selected to attend a Global Changemakers summit.
Google ZeitgestmindsZeitgeist Minds is a collection of inspiring videos from Google's Zeitgeist events.Inspirational videos 
Gresham CollegeGresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years.  
Gray Ghost VenturesTo invest collaboratively in innovative, early stage enterprises that contribute to the well-being of low-income communities in emerging markets and provide an attractive financial return.Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV) is an impact investment firm dedicated to providing market-based capital solutions to entrepreneurs who are addressing the needs of low-income communities in emerging markets. Depending upon the need and opportunity, we serve as creator and manager, sole funder, lead investor, co-investor, general partner or limited partner in operating companies or investment funds.enterprises that contribute to the well-being of low-income communities in emerging markets
Innovation, Creativity and EntrepreneurshipStudent blog - Wake Forest University  
Inspiring Young PeopleInspiring Young People is an online hub for career inspiraiton, video job profiles and success stories aimed at young people around the world. We feature inspirational stories about successful young people doing amazing things and achieving the impossible.At IYP we focus on encouraging others to do the same, providing them with advice and direction that will help them move forward and realise their ambitions. 
Institute for Volunteering ResearchThe Institute for Volunteering Research is a research consultancy agency specialising in volunteering.Since 1997, we have been: (i) Connecting theory and practice. We are part of Volunteering England and have excellent links to academic networks and university departments, including a research partnership with Birkbeck, University of London as well as a recently established relationship with Northumbria University. (ii) Conducting research and evaluations. We have completed work for a wide range of clients across all three sectors, from the UN to the Home Office, the National Trust to Natural England, and Barclays. (iii) Providing an evidence hub. We publish our research online in our Evidence Bank, home to over 200 reports on volunteering. (iv) Disseminating knowledge and improving understanding. We regularly publish academic articles, speak at conferences and organise our own events on volunteering. 
Less Ordinary LivingLess Ordinary Living is for if you believe "Life's too short to be Ordinary". We provide inspiration and coaching to take control of your career, grow your start-up business or create a balanced lifestyle.Less Ordinary Living is about supporting you in three areas: (i) Career - how to take control of your career and find work you love; (ii) Start-up - how to bring your start-up idea to life and grow a profitable business; (iii) Lifestyle - how to balance career success with achieving personal goals. We offer coaching, the best resources and fresh blog posts, and share success stories from clients who have found success each in area. Less Ordinary Living is based in London and has provided coaching to hundreds of professional clients across the globe. We work with anyone who is looking to take control of their career and do something different and more satisfying. 
Mass ChallengeTo catalyze a start-up renaissance. We connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and succeed immediately.MassChallenge is the largest-ever startup accelerator and competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include: (i) 3 month accelerator program. World-class mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, media and more; (ii) $1M in Cash Awards. $4M+ in-kind support; (iii) Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry; (iv) No equity taken. No restrictions applied. | Our primary activities include running an annual global startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events. 100+ finalist teams are matched with mentors and personalized free resources.Open to anyone, from anywhere, with any startup; Everyone gets training and access to resources; Highest impact, most viable startups win awards.
McKinsey: What MattersWhat Matters represents a new direction for McKinsey Publishing. To our long tradition of client-driven research we've added a new tradition: knowledge derived from convening some of the best thinkers from around the world.We began last summer by asking researchers, academics, journalists, policy makers and executives to address ten big questions, whose answers will shape our collective future. In each case, we asked our essayists to take a long view and tackle tomorrow's trends rather than today's headlines. We published those essays in a print collection, also titled What Matters. But our goal was always to translate that vision to the Web, to create a place where we could continue to frame the important questions and gather a wide array of thinkers, including some from McKinsey, to address them. In addition, we wanted a place where our readers could bring their considerable wisdom to bear on these crucial issues. 
NACUENACUE is a grassroots charity that supports and represents student-led enterprise societies and young entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship in Universities and Colleges across the UK. It was developed by student enterprise societies for student enterprise societies.NACUE works to invigorate entrepreneurship within colleges and universities by accelerating the dynamic growth of student enterprise societies and strengthening their role in their institutions' wider strategy. It provides student enterprise societies and staff with mentoring, guidance and resources to achieve this goal. It offers colleges and universities the following services: Custom On-site Enterprise Society Training; Design of Student-Centred Enterprise Strategies; Independent Enterprise Audits; Networking opportunities (students can buy tickets for networking events); Blog is full of information, inspiring stories and videos; Students can sign up for the newsletter. 
New Economic FoundationAn independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.Areas of research: Well-being, Democracy and Participation, Social Policy, Finance and Business, Climate Change and Energy, Values what matters, Local Economies, Natural Economies. 
New Philanthropy CapitalNew Philanthropy Capital (NPC) is a consultancy and think tank dedicated to helping funders and charities to achieve a greater impact. We provide independent research, tools and advice for charities and funders, in the UK and internationally.Build world-class research and tools to understand and increase the impact achieved by charities and their funders, and to share this as widely as possible; Provide first-rate advice and consulting services to help charities and funders maximise their impact; Inspire and lead the debate about what makes effective charities and how this can be measured. 
OpenIDEOOpenIDEO is a place where people design better, together for social good. It's an online platform for creative thinkersAfter a challenge is posted at OpenIDEO.com, the three development phases - inspiration, concepting, and evaluation - are put into motion. Community members can contribute in a variety of different ways, from inspirational observations and photos, sketches of ideas, to business models and snippets of code. Sometimes this can be in the form of a comment; other times, it's building off a previous person's work.OpenIDEO welcomes all creative thinkers. To participate in a challenge, we first ask you to sign up
READ InternationalDonate books.We collect any books from anyone, anywhere throughout the UK, but we focus our efforts on collecting textbooks and children's literature from secondary schools. We sort the books and send the most relevant, up-to-date, and high quality books to schools in Tanzania and Uganda. Any books collected which are not relevant or appropriate to send are sold online or recycled to generate funding.` 
RespublicaWe would like to foster new approaches to economic inequality, investment and group behaviour, so that the benefits of capital, trade and entrepreneurship are open to all.We regularly host events and discussion forums that facilitate debate and extend our outreach. Respublica is also a membership organisation, offering personal membership packages as a means for interested and like-minded individuals to engage with Respublica in a way that is tailored to their own interests. 
Schwab Foundation for Social EntrepreneurshipThe Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum. Throughout the year, the Schwab Foundation Foundation sets up opportunities whereby specific individuals and leaders of companies and public sector organizations can come into contact with social entrepreneurs working in areas of relevance to their activities.(i) The Foundation identifies and highlights the world's leading social entrepreneurs: Annually, the Foundation and its Partners select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs through national "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" competitions and regional selection processes in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. (ii) The Foundation fosters the peer-to-peer exchange of the social entrepreneurs and supports the replication of their methodologies among each other. (iiI) It supports the participation and active involvement of its selected social entrepreneurs at the regional and global meetings of the World Economic Forum. These meetings offer unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders. (iv) Social entrepreneurs participate in Forum initiatives, the conversations shaping the future agendas of industries, and are experts for the Forum's Global Agenda Councils. The Foundation works with selected companies to advance specific activities of social entrepreneurs or initiatives that support social entrepreneurship (partners). (v) The Foundation works with the Forum of Young Global Leaders to identify rising social entrepreneurs with a significant impact under the age of 40. (vi) The Foundation works with Harvard University, Stanford University and INSEAD to provide scholarship opportunities to the best executive education courses in the field to the selected social entrepreneurs. The Foundation works closely with leading academic institutions to publish case studies on specific social entrepreneurs for incorporation in undergraduate and graduate level courses. (vii) Online resources (publications, cases, inspirational videos);For Social entrepreneurs only. When selecting the members for its network, the Schwab Foundation applies a number of criteria that together characterize an outstanding social entrepreneur. The top 3 most important criteria are: Innovation, sustainability and direct social impact.
SenscotSenscot builds and services a network to help social entrepreneurs become more effective.Career services; Event listing; Online resources: Senscot has approaching 2000 documents in our library which together afford an overview of the development of social entrepreneurs and their enterprises in Scotland (reports, articles, news) 
SERNUKThe main aim of SERNUK (Social Enterprise Research Network UK) is to create a forum for UK PhD students and early career researchers to communicate with each other, share ideas, learn and get new perspectives on their own as well as others' research. It also provides an opportunity to develop partnerships with similar networks in other countries. In addition, SERNUK brings together UK PhD students and early career researchers who are working on social enterprise issues once a year for a series of seminars.Discussion area; Suggested readings; Useful links; Series of seminars once a year.UK PhD students and early career researchers
SETASThe UK's one-stop marketplace for social enterprise training and support.Directory of Support Providers - Discussion groups - Online Resources - Directory of courses 
seToolbeltseToolbelt is an open content resource hub that helps social entrepreneurs plan, launch, manage, and grow successful social enterprises.seToolbelt's mission is "to enable social entrepreneurs to find, share, and develop practical resources through a global peer learning network to help them plan, start, manage, problem-solve, and grow successful social enterprises." Over 1,400 free toolkits, cases, essays, videos, examples, tips, podcasts, business plans, research papers, and templates 
Shell LiwevireShell LiveWIRE is an online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business.We offer free online business advice and support, funding and networking opportunities to new start ups, so register a FREE Shell LiveWIRE account to access our full range of benefits.Young entrepreneurs who are starting or running their own business (16-30)
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at OxfordThe Skoll Centre is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. We foster innovative social transformation through education, research, and collaboration.(i) Developing Talent: we offer world-class graduate education that provides students with the vision and skills to bring together market-based approaches and social innovation. (ii) Advancing Research: we generate research that contributes to the theory of social entrepreneurship and its practical applications to address critical global challenges whilst developing and supporting a network of academics and practitioners to disseminate this knowledge globally. (iii) Creating a Collaborative Hub: we connect social entrepreneurs with thought leaders and key players in business, government, and philanthropy to enhance social impact.Scholarship: The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors.To be considered, candidates must apply in Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Oxford MBA application rounds and must have started or worked in a social venture for 12 months or longer.
Skoll World ForumThe Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social issues.Each year in Oxford, 900 distinguished delegates from the social, finance, private and public sectors convene in Oxford for three days and nights of critical debates, discussions and work sessions aimed at innovating, accelerating and scaling solutions to social challenges. 
SmartaSmarta is a new support platform for business owners and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop where business owners can connect, learn and actually _do_ business.  
Social BusinessSocial Business and its partner groups are dedicated to raising awareness of social businesses around the world.  
Social EdgeSocial Edge is a program of the Skoll Foundation. It is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources. Social Edge has an audience of tens of thousands of social entrepreneurs around the world; it is particularly targeted at social entrepreneurs with limited access to other local resources and practitioners due to the nature of their work (e.g., international development) or their location (e.g., developing countries or in rural areas).Every week, we host two online discussions moderated by experts in the field. We also keep blogs, ranging from the inspirational to the practical. We even have podcasts if you want to listen to fellow social entrepreneurs from your computer. Expert Advice page is full of good tips. Wiki page with information about social entrepreneurship. The Global Social Benefit Incubator empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations and to solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. As the signature program of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, this experiential skill-building program combines online and in-residence exercises with training and mentoring from academic leaders and Silicon Valley visionaries over an intensive 8-month period.For social entrepreneurs
Social Enterprise AmbassadorsThe Social Enterprise Ambassadors are leaders of some of the country's most successful social enterprises. Learn more about these exceptional people, their businesses, and how you can get involved.Tips from Social Enterprise ambassadors - News about the sector - list of external resources 
Social Enterprise CoalitionWe are the national body for social enterprise."You can join Social Enterprise UK from £75. | Raise awareness of social enterprise and what it can achieve through the media and campaigning; Provide business advice and support to start-ups and growing social enterprises; Promote best practice through resources - we publish a range of case studies, how to guides and training materials; Build networks and encourage shared learning through events; Inform the policy agenda working with key decision makers. We strive to improve the environment for social enterprise by advising government, informing consultations and hosting policy events; Influence politicians across the spectrum, generating support for social enterprise. Political engagement has been the bedrock of our work and we continue to have great success pushing social enterprise up the policy agenda; Work with private sector organisations wishing to consolidate their position in the rapidly growing social enterprise market; Undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base; Provide a range of consultancy services."Our members are organisations only (Online applications)
Social Enterprise LondonSocial Enterprise London is a world-leading provider of training, research, networking and consultancy for social enterprise.At SEL, we connect the Office for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office, London Councils, the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency, the Department of Health, leading corporations like PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and the Royal Bank of Scotland to the growing network of social enterprises across the capital, the UK and the world. Whether you're starting up, an existing social enterprise or looking to integrate social enterprise into your services, we can help. You can also sign up for free or register as a business member and for £80.00 + VAT per year. 
Social Enterprise NetworkThe Guardian Social Enterprise Network brings together the latest insight, comment and advice for professionals working in and with the social enterprise sector.Join today and, as a Network member, you'll get exclusive content, VIP invitations, special offers on events and conferences and more. 
Social Enterprise SearchSocial Enterprise Search aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of all Social Enterprises and Not for Profit Organisations in United Kingdom, to promote the good work that they do and connect them within one site. SES is powered by a sophisticated search engine that crawls websites, brochures and social media for information and then collates it allowing you to accurately find what you want every time.  
Social Innovation Exchange (SIX)SIX inspires, connects and supports social innovators. We also work with a variety of players to create an environment that helps social innovation to flourish. SIX is a global community of over 3000 individuals and organisations - including small NGOs and global firms, public agencies and academics - committed to promoting social innovation and growing the capacity of the field.ACTIVITIES: (i) SIX TelePresences make use of unique Cisco teleconferencing technologies to connect social innovators from across the globe to discuss topics ranging from 'Hubs Labs and Incubators,' to 'The Theoretical Foundations of Social Innovation' and 'Creating an Environment for Social Innovation to Flourish.' (ii) Spring Schools: The SIX Spring Schools are annual, three-day events that are built on the Accelerator Model-by bringing SIX community members together in an intimate group to discuss and find innovative solutions to very specific challenges, these events concentrate our collective intelligence and accelerate the process of innovation. Past SIX Spring Schools have addressed 'Co-creating Democracy: Citizen Passion in the 21st Century,' and 'Innovation and Opportunity in an Ageing Society.' (iii) Summer Schools: Summer Schools are designed to connect social innovators face to face, and support the strengthening of their networks, and inspire them to innovate new solutions to social issues. While Spring Schools have a tight focus on a single issue, Summer Schools address broad subjects, encouraging a diversity of insights, inputs, and inspirations. (iv) Online Hubs : SIX makes use of online tools to bring together our network of social innovators across borders, time zones, and sectors. We host three websites, including www.socialinnovationexchange.org, www.socialinnovationeurope.eu, and www.socialinnovator.info, our living textbook of methods and tools for innovators around the world, sourced from innovators from around the world. 
Social Market FoundationWe are a leading cross-party think tank, developing innovative ideas across a broad range of economic and social policy.The Social Market Foundation produces policy reports, and holds debates and discussions to promote a social market agenda across a range of policy areas. 
Start Something You LoveThe e-book 'How to Find Work You Love' helps you find direction.The e-book is split into three sections: Who Are You? Where Do You Want To Go? How Do You Get There? However it is much more than text on a page. It is an extremely practical tool for helping you get to a very different place in your career. 
StartUp BritainStartUp Britain is a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, launched on 28th March 2011.Links to website providing help for starting a new business (funding, find an idea, writing a business plan, create a logo, find sponsors, choosing a name, finding an insurance, tax help, registration, finding office space, getting a bank loan, setting up a website/email, inspiring stories, events to go to etc). The webiste also contains a section for people who want to grow their business. Note: There is one tab about social enterprise. 
Student HubsStudent Hubs is a network working to transform student social action. We empower students to create social change by engaging with social and environmental issues, now and in the future.Events listing is really interesting, especially the Social Action and Social Enterprise events. Students can sign up to the mailing list. The Hubs' Shared Resources Wiki is a collaborative space to share information, best-practice, guides and resources. It's free and open for anyone to contribute to. It covers many areas that could help you to run a student group focussed on campaigning, fundraising or volunteering. Students can have access to training through local Hubs. 
SustainAbilityWe work with diverse clients and partners to create value through development of innovative solutions to environmental, social and governance challenges.Online resources (video, publications, cases) under Library. The resources deal with the following themes: Access, Accountability, Consumers and Brands, Energy & Climate, Globalization, Resources & Eco-systems, Strategy & Innovation. 
Teach FirstTeach First's mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.(i) Teach First Challenge: Join the Teach First team in some of the UK's biggest races, trek or cycle through incredible places in our overseas adventures, or take on your own challenge to support us in ensuring every young person is given the same chances in life, no matter what background they are born into. (ii) Teach First produces a range of publications around the issue of addressing educational disadvantage. These include our annual review, quarterly bulletin and our Policy First publications - a bi-annual policy document written and edited by over 500 Teach First teachers to help shape education policy for the future. 
TED and TEDxTED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.(i) The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED Community's exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, the granting of "One Wish to Change the World." After several months of preparation, the wish is unveiled at an award ceremony held during the TED Conference. Over the life of the prize, wishes have led to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact. TED Prize winners need to be nominated. (ii) The TED Fellows helps world-changing innovators from around the globe become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED Fellows, TEDGlobal Fellows, and TED Senior Fellows are drawn from many disciplines that reflect the diversity of TED's members: technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, the sciences, the humanities, the arts, NGOs, business and more. (iii) Join the TED Conversations, share your thoughts and read what people to answer to questions like "What's one thing you wish you had learned in school?" (iv) Watch the TEDtalks for free online.For the fellowship: We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs. We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40 from five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East. However, anyone over the age 18 from around the world is welcome to apply.
Teles.co/peTeles.co/pe aims to promote, celebrate and share stories of young people and enterprise today. Along the way we're asking: _is this Generation Startup?_Here you'll find interviews and case studies split into different categories, with a special focus on you, what's on the horizon for UK Startups. The focus is on people and their stories. We'd love you to join the conversation by sharing your stories and experiences. (i) Offshore - a look at the business and startup world outside the UK; (ii) In Focus - the freshest, youngest business idea we could find, from the people behind them; (iii) Tools for Trade - reviews of some of the many resources out there for entrepreneurs (iv) Social StartUp - startups that are social, simple (v) Business Class - ok so it's not all about us, what can we learn from those that have done it before? (vi) Talking Shop - news, business talk, debate and discussion or just what we happen to be thinking about. 
Third Sector NewsLatest voluntary sector news covering charity finance, fundraising, governance & trustees, management, communications & campaigning, charity law & regulation and social enterprise.  
TreeHuggerTreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. We publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, twice-monthly radio interviews, and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages. 
UK FundraisingWe've gathered a range of practical, low-cost advice on fundraising from a group of experienced fundraisers, fundraising consultants and agencies.List of fundraising publications 
UnltdUnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.Online resources: directory of projects, Examples of social entrepreneurship, links to funding organisations/websites, links to organisations supporting social entrepreneurs, Reports and articles on social enterprise, Reports and articles on social entrepreneurship, links to University courses and research centres, links to Volunteering bodies. | UnLtdWorld: Online international platform that helps social entrepreneurs connect with each other, share information, build a community, do business, find resources, network. Registration is free.Different Eligibility Questionnaires for each level of awards.
Virgin Media PioneersThe Virgin Media Pioneers programme launched in March 2010 to help fledging entrepreneurs kick-start successful businesses. Through a thriving online community of likeminded people, members use videos and blogging to create a peer-to-peer network and support service.As well as hosting user-generated content, the platform offers original content especially targeted for early-stage entrepreneurs, including the Pioneers TV series. Young people can also gain access to resources tailored for early stage entrepreneurs. Regular free events and unique opportunities are also provided, such as the recent Spark Your Ideas event series, which saw Pioneers at 5 locations across the UK meet up for networking, expert marketing training and inspiration from speakers including Justice Williams CBE. 
VisuallyCreate infographics (at the moment only based on Twitter or Facebook accounts, but will increase)Custom Infographics 
VolansBased in London and Singapore, Volans is a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship movements. We apply our thought leadership and global networks across these areas to develop solutions for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and leaders. Our mission is reflected in our Agenda, and our work is divided into three areas: (i) Innovation Lab, which explores how to scale solutions to social, environmental and governance challenges. (ii) Client Services which implements tailored services for companies, governments and citizen sectors around market intelligence and strategy, employee empowerment, brokerage and talent exchange with innovators, and market intelligence development; (iii) Outreach, through which we help shape the broader agenda of business, governments and investors, by sharing insights and analysis through conferences, industry convenings and the media.Online resources: publications, library of research reports (You need to register for free and become a Compass member to get access), books (not free), videos, links to newspaper articles. Check out: "The Social Intrapreneur, A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers" - "Growing Opportunity Entrepreneurial Solutions to Insoluble Problems" - "John Elkington on fighting to preserve the meaning of social entrepreneurship" - "You don't have to be a social entrepreneur to make change". 
Volunteering EnglandVolunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers.We offer a range of services designed to assist anyone who works with volunteers or who has an interest in volunteering. We also actively develop policy and campaign to raise the profile of volunteering. 
Workers in Student Community VolunteeringWiSCV is a support network for anyone working in frontline community volunteering projects in Further or Higher Education (FE or HE). The network encompasses both frontline student volunteer workers and those working with staff volunteers in FE and HE institutions, as a networking forum.We have a Mailbase, which members are encouraged to join so that you can request ideas from other members and keep up-to-date with things that are happening in the student volunteering sector. WiSCV is a partner of Volunteering England, the national volunteer development agency for England. We are also working to build links with the volunteer development agencies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. WiSCV also links in to other regional and national bodies, in order to raise the profile of student volunteering and represent our members etc. We have regional groups which meet between 4-6 times each year. Attending the regional meetings gives you the chance to meet with others doing a similar role and share ideas. Many groups run regional events, which can be a great way to significantly raise the profile of student volunteering where you're based. Regional groups are also good fun and a great source of support. 
World Foresight ForumWFF (World Foresight Forum) is a global initiative that strives for a secure and sustainable world for future generations.News items, Events (Summit, convention, festival, expo), publications, partnership opportunities at the expo 
Young Charity TrusteesExists to try to increase the number of young people becoming Trustees and to support those who already are.Mentorship, resources and support to young people who are or wish to be trustees of charities. 
Young EntrepreneurYoungEntrepreneur.com was launched in 1999 and has grown to become one of the largest online forum communities for entrepreneurs worldwide.Our social network and blog properties showcase Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Online Business Strategies, Entrepreneur Interviews, and several features, solutions and support to assist small business owners with starting, managing and growing successful business ventures.Membership but online support is accessible to all
Young FoundationThe Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs.We work across the UK and internationally - carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology.We manage three social venture funds: Health, Learning and Youth Leadership. Each has a portfolio of ventures underway which range across the public, non-profit and commercial sectors. 
Youth VentureInspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network.Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. As we invest in Venturers around the world, we are beginning to connect them into a powerful global network. When the Venture team is ready to launch, Youth Venture offers: Seed funding of up to $1,000; Guidance, tools and support; Allies who provide advice, mentoring and expertise; A supportive network of fellow Youth Venturers; Identity as part of movement toward youth-led social changeCriteria for becoming a Youth Venture Team: You and your venture's leadership team are ages 12-20; Your venture benefits the community; Your venture is youth-created and youth-led; Your venture is a new organization or a major new program of an existing organization; Your venture is ongoing and sustainable (not a one-time project); Your venture has clear, attainable goals and a realistic budget; You are a part of a team that is trustworthy and committed to ethical standards.

 

 

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Acumen FundAcumen Fund is creating a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders and breakthrough ideas.The Acumen Fellowship is a one year program that immerses Fellows in world-class leadership training, field work with social enterprises on the front lines, and a community of changemakers and thoughtleaders.To become a Global Fellow: Proven track record of leadership and management responsibilities; Experience working in emerging markets; Unrelenting perseverance, personal integrity, and critical thinking skills; Strong passion and commitment; 3-7 years of work experience; Graduate degree preferred
Angel ListA community of startups  
Aspen Network of Development EntrepreneursA global network of organizations that invest money and expertise to propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Our members are the vanguard of a movement that is focused on small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create economic, environmental, and social benefits for developing countries. Ultimately, we seek to build sustainable prosperity in the developing world.ANDE identifies common strategic challenges and opportunities facing SGBs, and, based on these findings, provides programs and services for our members and the sector as a whole. We aspire to be the leading convener and conduit for organizations and individuals committed to building SGBs in the developing world. We act as a trusted advocate for the SGB sector, educating investors and policy makers about the extraordinary opportunity the sector represents. 
Beyond Profit - Cambridge UniversityOur mission is to inspire and support students to make the world a better place through their career or through entrepreneurship. Our success is based on helping students to get their ideal jobs and to turn their ideas into businesses. Whether you are interested in social business, international development, the environment, or just think you should be doing something good, Beyond Profit is a great place to find out more.
Bright WorksBrightWorks is a micro-volunteering app that allows nonprofits to get tasks completed for free online by a global volunteer community. It is an effective, simple-to-use and easy-to-get-started micro volunteering platform.BrightWorks allows volunteers to work freely on causes that they are passionate about from wherever they are and whatever time is convenient, with tasks geared towards their specific skill set. Volunteers can benefit by learning new skills as they complete projects, create stronger networks through working collaboratively on tasks with other volunteers, and give back to the community by supporting nonprofits in their valuable work. 
Bromley by Bow CentreThe Bromley by Bow Centre is an innovative community organisation in East London, working in one of the most deprived wards in the UK.We support people across a range of projects and services in 4 main ways: We support people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles; We enable people to learn new skills; We support people to become less grant dependent and to find work; We provide the tools to create an enterprising community. 
Business in the CommunityWe are a business-led charity with a growing membership of 850 companies. We advise, support and challenge our members to create a sustainable future for people and the planet and to improve business performance. Our members work with us to define what responsibility looks like in the workplace, marketplace, community and the environment - and we share what we learn about driving performance through responsible business practice.Online resources: publications, case studies, signposting services on CSR; Volunteering opportunities; Range of in-house training courses on responsible business practices 
ChangentsConnecting environmental and social Change Agents with supporters around the worldSign up if you are a change agent or if you want to help one. 
Charity WorksCharityworks is run by a partnership of national charities. It offers a unique experience providing graduates and high flyers with the opportunity to gain experience across the charity sector.A salary (£15,000 per annum for 2011); Rotations in different charities throughout the programme; Social peer 2 peer networking; A professional management training programme; The chance to learn through a range of dynamic learning events; Exposure to a range of jobs in the corporate sector; The skills to equip you to work at first level management across the charity sector; The opportunity to learn with graduates working in the public and private sectorsWe are seeking people driven by a passion to make a difference, talented individuals who want the chance to share their ideas and skills with charities that share the same values. Applicants need to have some form of experience of volunteering or working in the charity/not for profit sector. This may include unpaid caring responsibilities within your home environment.
Clearly SoWe connect social enterprises with investors & the corporate world. ClearlySo connects social business, enterprise, commerce and investment. Our goal is to grow the social economy.Workshops; Professional and PR Consultancy (2 hours free for members) and online publications; Networking events; Copyright services 
Do-itSearch through one million opportunities to volunteer and apply online.Together with our partners in volunteer centres and voluntary organisations across the country we make sure that those who want to volunteer can do so quickly and easily. 
Duke of EdinburghLeading youth Charity the DofE gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.DofE programme: You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. + small participation fee.You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there's more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
EnternshipsEnternships is the portal for entrepreneurial work placements. It was started by Rajeeb Dey at Oxford University to connect fellow students with small businesses and startups. Since formally launching in 2009, more than 3000 companies in over 20 countries have used Enternships to find graduate talent. The organisation connects dynamic, talented students and graduates with ambitious startups and small businesses.Students can browse opportunities and companies on the website (mainly London-based, but opportunities in other UK cities as well). "Resource Zone"(videos, Tips from well-known people, Expert guides for employers). Students can create an account for free and sign up to the newsletter. 
Escape the CityEscape the City is a global community of talented corporate professionals who want to 'do something different'.Our motto is 'do something different' and we are building Esc to provide you with the information, connections and opportunities you need to make the leap. Whether you want to find an exciting new job, start your own business or go on a big adventure - you're in the right place. Free registration. 
Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI)In April 2007, philanthropist Emma Harrison, made the decision to start a charity that would allow her donations, and those of others, to give small charities the strategic support they need to stay open and be there for everyone who needed their help.(i) WE BUILD KNOWLEDGE - for free. About what? - Fundraising. Why? - Because without a secure income you, as small charities, cannot plan, improve or even guarantee you will be around to help those who depend upon you. (ii) WE HELP YOU BUILD YOUR SKILLS in applying for funds, running events and appeals, learning how to look after your donations and how to communicate properly with your donors. We throw in the odd international expert to inspire you and event for you to take part in too.Must be a small charity for free services; large charities pay for consultancy.
IdealistIdealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.(i) Volunteer opportunities, events; (ii) Online resources; (iii) List of organisations offering fellowships around the world; (iv) Students can post their events on the website. 
Inspiring Young PeopleInspiring Young People is an online hub for career inspiraiton, video job profiles and success stories aimed at young people around the world. We feature inspirational stories about successful young people doing amazing things and achieving the impossible.At IYP we focus on encouraging others to do the same, providing them with advice and direction that will help them move forward and realise their ambitions. 
LivityLivity is a youth engagement agency. We work with young people every day to co-create campaigns, content and communities.Inviting young people from all backgrounds into our office, to take part in our working world, and receive mentoring, training, guidance, support, advice and ultimately access and empowerment to education and employment. Involving young people in the co creation of positive and effective social campaigns, content, communities and communications for brands, government, charities and broadcasters, that reach out to a mass youth audience. 
LUSU Involve (Lancaster University)LUSU involve offers students worthwhile and interesting volunteering and enterprise opportunities. Lancaster University students
mtvUCollege media network supports social activism.Campaigns, fellowships and general activism opportunities. 
My Kinda CrowdTurn your ideas into cash, internships and prizes. Whatever you're interested in, there's a challenge for you. Come up with ideas of your own, or team up with friends. It's free, it's easy and it's your chance to be recognised by great companies and get rewarded.Sign up for free; Join a challenge; Submit your idea. | Benefits include: Prizes; Getting a job; Get noticed and link with businesses; Show off your talent and get noticed3 kinds of user: Student, Educator, Lecturer. Companies also post challenges for students to solve.
On PurposeOn Purpose is a new leadership programme for the next generation of high-flyers who will use the power of business to make a difference in the world. Today's talent are tomorrow's leaders who will help solve society's biggest problems. We believe that if we find the most inspiring people, provide them with the right experience and give them world-class training, then great things will happen.(i) The leadership programme: On Purpose selects a small number of the best and brightest of today's talent to become part of the leadership programme, so-called On Purpose Associates. During the programme, Associates work on two different six-month placements with purpose-driven organisations including the Young Foundation, Comic Relief and O2, providing real-life experience of large, small, established and start-up enterprises; corporations, not-for-profits and charities; all with a common purpose of operating for good.. They work on their placements for four and a half days a week and contribute real value to their hosts. For this work, the Associates are paid £20,000 per year pro rata. (ii) Every Friday afternoon, all the On Purpose Associates come together for half a day's training; this involves elements of peer development and self development, but importantly also a formal programme covering commercial and social topics that is delivered by professionals from a range of private and social sector organisations.On Purpose Associates will have several years of experience and may have post-graduate study qualifications as well, e.g., an MBA. They will not only have an impressive academic history but also an inspiring track record of achievement in and outside of their work.
Otesha UKWe are a youth-led organisation that helps young people to become agents of change, inspiring others to take small actions which add up to big change towards a cleaner, greener and fairer world. If you are aged 14-18 and you want to start up a project at your school or youth club, please get in touch with us. You can participate in various programmes (E.g. Cycling tours)
OxjamOxjam is Oxfam's month-long music festival. It runs all through October with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world.Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. Together. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livlihoods to campaigning for change that lasts. 
Restless DevelopmentYouth-led Development Agency. We train, educate, support and inspire young people to lead development in their countries and communities. We help young people make responsible choices about their health and their livelihoods. We give them the skills they need to contribute positively to society. We create the opportunity for young people to play active roles in policy and decision making.You could do anything: Live on £1 a day for 5 days with Live Below The Line; Climb Mount Kilimanjaro; Put on your own event; Volunteer; Donate 
ReWorkWE CONNECT INSPIRED PROFESSIONALS WITH INSPIRING CAREERS. We gather sharp, ambitious, and passionate professionals who are hungry for meaningful work - people who want to use their talents to help impact-driven organizations reach their full potential.  
Right To PlayTo improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.You can donate, volunteer (Run / Cycle for Right to Play), Fundraise 
SenscotSenscot builds and services a network to help social entrepreneurs become more effective.Career services; Event listing; Online resources: Senscot has approaching 2000 documents in our library which together afford an overview of the development of social entrepreneurs and their enterprises in Scotland (reports, articles, news) 
SpiceSpice is a social enterprise that develops agency timebanking systems for communities and public services that engage and empower the many rather than the few.Spice has developed agency time credit applications to engage people in the design and delivery of their public and community services and to support people to take a more active role in their communities. Whether that is with pupils in schools, tenants in housing associations or local people working with their community anchor organisation, these time agency tools increase active engagement, reduce dependency and build community and individual esteem. People are thanked with credits for contributing time to their community (putting 'Time In'). People use credits to access events, training and leisure services, or to trade time with neighbours (getting 'Time Out'). Transaction costs are minimal as it is coordinated by existing community facing staff, and because the redemption menu uses under-used community resources as well as direct (unmediated) exchanges between citizens. 
STAR | Student Action for RefugeeSTAR is the national network of student groups working to improve the lives of refugees in the UK by: Promoting positive images of refugees; Volunteering for local refugee projects; Campaigning for refugeesSTAR student groups are independently constituted student union societies, based at universities all over the UK. STAR members campaign together through the STAR network, co-ordinated and supported by STAR National.For university students
Student HubsStudent Hubs is a network working to transform student social action. We empower students to create social change by engaging with social and environmental issues, now and in the future.Events listing is really interesting, especially the Social Action and Social Enterprise events. Students can sign up to the mailing list. The Hubs' Shared Resources Wiki is a collaborative space to share information, best-practice, guides and resources. It's free and open for anyone to contribute to. It covers many areas that could help you to run a student group focussed on campaigning, fundraising or volunteering. Students can have access to training through local Hubs. 
Student Volunteering ScotlandStudent Volunteering Scotland aims to strategically support, develop and promote student volunteering in Scottish Further and Higher Education Institutions.Student Volunteering Scotland is now taking membership registrations. In order to participate in SVS activities, use our services or online resources or vote at General Meetings, we ask that you sign-up as members. This also allows us to contact you with news and information. Volunteers can win the Gold Awards.Students
The DoNationDonate by doing.The DoNation is here to make sustainable living fun, social, and mainstream. It's about doing. It's about action. It's about creating a brighter, greener, healthier and more sustainable nation. And it's about having fun, together. The DoNation brings you an exciting new form of sponsorship: you take part in a challenge and instead of parting with their pennies, your friends show their support with action, green action: They donate by doing. 
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) exists to provide training and opportunities to enable people to use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit. SSE supports individuals to set up new charities, social enterprises. The SSE offers a year-long tailored learning programme of action learning. Their programmes are built on learning by doing, an approach that emphasises experience, experimentation and personal needs. There is no SSE student mould except for being open to learning and taking on new ideas.(i) Programs: 1. Action Learning Sets; 2. Witness Sessions; 3. Expert Sessions; 4. 'Show-How' Project Visits; 5. Other support can be provided like mentors and coaching. (ii) The Fellowship Network: Students who complete the SSE programme will gain lifelong membership of the SSE Fellowship. The Fellowship works like a club, with members continuing to swap views and experiences and to trade and collaborate. E-bulletins bring news and links to other organisations and the learning web enables you to contact each other easily and keep in touch. (iii) Online resources in the following areas: governance, administration, sector overview, fundraising, charity-related IT resources, networking, intellectual property, creative and cultural business specific. Note: The fees structure varies in different SSE locations but in general places on the programme are funded by grants or bursaries, or students are helped to generate sufficient income to meet their expenses and to contribute to the cost of the programme. 
The Student InitiativeThe Student Initiative is a university-based development organization. It adds value to the work of international organizations, social enterprises, universities and others and creates academic and professional ventures by investing in and working through university students who use their expertise, time and commitment to advance the cause of international development.(i) TSI Research and Internships: Our core service of getting students to work professionally in international development during their studies - in research during term time and/or full-time internships supports companies, non-profits and international organizations in development searching qualified staff and interns. ce of excellent, trained and vetted students to international development. (ii) TSI Courses: The Student Initiative has established unique courses and lecture series covering fields in development that are not part of university development courses - or has for the first time established such topics in university courses - and is providing them at leading universities. (iii) TSI Forums: The Student Initiative Forums are organised to further students' and public's understanding of development issues and to educate future leaders in development. They aim to bring stakeholders in development sectors and students together for open discussion on development issues - in particular, what excellent students, universities and faculty can contribute to this sector. (iv) Fellowship: Students can apply to become Fellows. The Student Initiative is run by these student Fellows, who work with development organizations and on academic and professional development ventures at universities and around the world. (Online application form). (v) Browse Internships opportunities with various organisations in various countriesThe Student Initiative Fellows are young, future leaders in development. They are the students running the development organization through their work on the issues and on-the-ground.
vInspiredvInspired is an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them. It connects 14-25 year olds with volunteering opportunities in EnglandvInspired believes that every young person has the right to volunteer, and reaches out to disadvantaged young people and those who've never considered volunteering. Our projects are designed to engage young people who are under-represented in volunteering - for example, minority groups and those not in education, employment or training. vInspired.com makes it easy for young people to find information about volunteering opportunities. We promote youth leadership, and helped more than 1,700 young people to set up their own voluntary projects with funding from vcashpoint. We also challenge the negative image of young people and champions the positive contributions they make.14-25 year olds
Vodafone World of DifferenceEach year, the World of Difference UK programme gives 500 people the chance to work for a UK charity of their choice - either full-time for two months or part-time for four.Your chosen charity benefits from your skills and experience for the period of your placement at no cost to themselves. In return, you get to work for a cause you believe in and get paid for it.You are eligible to apply if you are over 18 (at the time you begin your placement), a resident of the UK and eligible to work in the UK.
Volunteering EnglandVolunteering England is an independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers.We offer a range of services designed to assist anyone who works with volunteers or who has an interest in volunteering. We also actively develop policy and campaign to raise the profile of volunteering. 
Workers in Student Community VolunteeringWiSCV is a support network for anyone working in frontline community volunteering projects in Further or Higher Education (FE or HE). The network encompasses both frontline student volunteer workers and those working with staff volunteers in FE and HE institutions, as a networking forum.We have a Mailbase, which members are encouraged to join so that you can request ideas from other members and keep up-to-date with things that are happening in the student volunteering sector. WiSCV is a partner of Volunteering England, the national volunteer development agency for England. We are also working to build links with the volunteer development agencies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. WiSCV also links in to other regional and national bodies, in order to raise the profile of student volunteering and represent our members etc. We have regional groups which meet between 4-6 times each year. Attending the regional meetings gives you the chance to meet with others doing a similar role and share ideas. Many groups run regional events, which can be a great way to significantly raise the profile of student volunteering where you're based. Regional groups are also good fun and a great source of support.