SEEK is a 6-month StartUp Programme supporting individuals to develop and test ideas tackling the most prominent local social and environmental challenges.

The 2018 SEEK budding social entrepreneurs have faced challenges in their life and are now energised to make change happen through social enterprise. After an intensive 5-day training course to kick start the StartUp Programme the group are ready to test their ideas which you can read about below.


Young People are experiencing greater challenges in the 21st Century – anxiety, isolation, loneliness, homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse. The CART (Conversation, Art, Recovery and Trade) are looking to create a social space for young people to meet, drink great coffee and connect to create a stronger community in our city.


Re Up are developing a slow fashion brand for men. Looking at recycling and up cycling garments that would otherwise go to landfill into trendy fashion items for the socially conscious consumer.


Our education system is outdated. The impact this is having is seeing some children lacking focus; achieving poorly in school; with low self-esteem and experiencing high stress; and in the worst case kids who are excluded. Great2Create are looking to combat this issue by running aspirational programmes that can enhance the school curriculum whilst preventing exclusion and help children and young adults to remain in education.


Stitch That are looking at tackling social isolation and the ripple effects it has on mental health. The model they are testing sees pop-up craft workshops offered to time-poor customers which subsidises the workshops for those who are isolated.


Tiny Houses, Big Dreams is the motto for an idea that seeks to empower people stuck in the poverty trap through up-skilling in carpenter.



Two Mindful Bees believes everyone deserves to live a full and healthy life. They want to offer an accessible opportunity for people to do this through a Mindfulness Cafe that focuses on well-being, eating healthily, connecting with your community and making time for yourself.


Motivated from her own experience, Dunia Shafik is looking to avoid the repercussion of crime on siblings of victims and those convicted  by providing NLP methodologies for parents through her social enterprise A Life of Choice.


The Alpha Female Project is a course designed to empower and help get single mothers into education and employment to better their lives through career guidance and theory, well-being and life skills.


Cherelle Murray has seen a gap in the support offered to young dads and wants to test out non-clinical mediation to change male mind-sets and have a positive impact on family life for the individuals.


Sanique Gordon the power of drama as a tool for young people to express themselves with the overarching vision to keep young people in education and into employment.



No more shush, shame or shutting up when suffering PTSD. Ann Carver Fearless Speakers Boutique is for authentic voices to be expressed, not suppressed in ways that are empowering and inspiring.


In a society where mental health concerns are increasing and support is fractured and hard to access, Nu Earth is looking at offering accessible, hollistic support through regular workshops and events so that individuals can gain knowledge and understand around healthy coping mechanisms.


WALK are looking to make it easier for communities to benefit from getting outdoors. They are looking to work with local authorities to gain contracts to maintain footpaths and lead walks of all shapes and sizes for the community.


Plastic Tiger Factory is an inclusive arts brand that will create bespoke products for people on the autism spectrum. At the forefront of the brand will be the iconic kinetic therapy plush/adult comfort toys that is intertwined with an impactful narrative which will bolster social inclusion, empowerment and self actualisation. They are also looking to expand their autistic workforce and provide meaningful employment for people on the spectrum

Interested in developing and testing a social enterprise idea?

Find out how the SEEK programme can support you to make change happen. Applications for the next group open in October 2018.