The Platform have been granted £351,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund to support people who are not in work to start a social enterprise through our SEEK Project. We will be working in partnership with Unltd, University of Chichester, Croydon Council and Start Up Croydon across the Coast to Capital area to support 45 people on this three year project which will launch in January 2017.
The SEEK Project will empower people with first-hand experience of social problems to adopt a solution focused and enterprising approach to tackle the issues affecting their local communities and environment.
Fiona Ras, Business Development Director at The Platform says “We are really excited to empower people who are not in work to bring about positive change that will have a lasting impact”.
The project will start with extensive recruitment of unemployed an economically inactive people, providing support to develop their ideas. This will lead to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitching event and those that are selected will progress onto a StartUp Programme. The StartUp Programme will include a week long social enterprise ‘boot camp’ followed by mentoring, a StartUp fund, specialist training, work shadowing of an established social entrepreneur, action learning sets and business networking.
The project will support the realisation of the Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership’s Strategy to Increase Enterprise by promoting ‘social enterprises as an effective form of business for a wider group of potential entrepreneurs than has normally been considered’.