SEEK – Starting Social Enterprise

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SEEK project logo 4Do you have a vision to make a positive impact on society or the environment through business?

Our SEEK –Starting Social Enterprise project supports people who are not in work to start up their own social enterprise and gain skills to move into other employment opportunities.

Social Enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, strengthen communities or improve the environment. They aim to generate most of their income through selling goods and services, reinvesting the majority of their profits to further their mission.

Join us and discover how you can transform your vision into reality through our six-month social enterprise StartUp Programme which includes:

  • 1 week training course providing expert knowledge and skills to help you get started
  • Monthly workshops to offer continued expert knowledge
  • Creating an individual learning journey to plan your path to setting up a social enterprise
  • A mentor who will provide one to one support throughout the programme
  • StartUp fund of £500
  • 4 days of work shadowing of a social enterprise CEO or Manager
  • Peer to peer action learning sets once a month
  • Support to engage in local business network events to help your business idea to grow


We will also provide you with on-going mentoring and access to action learning sets after the programme.

Our StartUp Programme runs once a year.

The next group runs in July 2017 in Brighton, Chichester and Croydon.

Courses are fully funded and include travel and childcare costs associated with your participation.

Applications are now open and will close on the 26th April 2017.

How to Apply –

Step 1 – Check you are eligible

Are you:

  • Wanting to make a positive impact on a social or environmental issue through business
  • Available and ready to participate in all programme activities over six months
  • Not in paid work (not necessarily receiving benefits)
  • Legally able to live and work in the UK
  • Aged 19 or over (or 15-18 and are Not in Employment, Education or Training)
If you are unsure if you are eligible please get in touch.

Step 2 – Tell us about your idea

Get in touch and tell us more about you and your idea. Applications are now open and will close on 26th April 2017 for this year.

You can email us at

or call us on 01273 468160

You can also read more about the project here and download the application form.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Step 3 – Get Support to Develop Your Idea

If you are eligible we will give you support to develop your idea and apply including support to:

  • Complete an application form
  • Attend a one to one support session and interview
  • Take part in our 6-day course to develop your ideas, build confidence, hear from established social entrepreneurs and gain communication and digital skills before you pitch
  • Do a pitching workshop
  • Pitch your idea

15 people each year will then be selected to take part in the StartUp programme. But even if you don’t get through, we will signpost you to other support to make it happen.

These programmes are running simultaneously across the Coast to Capital region. Contact your closest hub to get more details.

BBO ESF jpgThis project is led by The Platform and is run in partnership with UnLtd, University of Chichester, Startup Croydon and Croydon Council and has received funding under the Building Better Opportunities Programme which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

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