Seek Programme

SEEK is a social enterprise start up programme for people who are not in work to make change happen through doing business for good.
We are looking for committed doers, dreamers, and innovators who want to make a positive impact on a social or environmental issue through business to start social enterprises.

If you want to develop an idea and get support to testing it in the real world read the FAQ’s, understand the application process and complete an application form.

Applications reopen in October 2018.



For people who are not in work who have a vision to make the world better through business


Brighton, Chichester and Croydon


The programme is fully funded and you can even apply for travel, childcare and carer costs to enable you to fully participate.


The SEEK programme runs for 6 months and takes place once a year.


Develop and test your idea 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

  • Opportunity to apply for £500 to cover testing costs

  • Connections to social enterprises in your sector to learn from and build relationships with

  • Peer to peer learning through our Action Learning Sets

  • Support to engage in local business network events to help your business idea to grow


Not sure what social enterprise is or if it is right for your idea? Don’t worry.
We run a 6-day introductory course to help you develop your idea and explore if social enterprise works for you. Complete an application form and we can explore possibilities with you.


This 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.