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Our Enterprise Support Awards and the application processes operate on the same principles regardless of whether you are applying through the Social Enterprise (OBSEA) route, Social Innovation or Business Start up programmes.
Our awards are open to:
We are grateful to our sponsors Santander and benefactors from our Alumni community and to the University who have funded these.
To be eligible to apply for an Award you do not need to have any specific business skills or background to apply. You mainly need passion and a commitment for your project or business idea. You need to be able to explain clearly that you have a sustainable and viable proposal, explore what you want to achieve, why you need the Award and how the funding will make an impact.
The programme is designed to build on the strengths that you have developed through the Enterprise Support programme so that you can gain the confidence and skills required to translate your passions and ideas into a sustainable social enterprise, social innovation project or traditional business start-up venture. With this Award and our help, you can begin an exciting project and broaden your knowledge entrepreneurial and innovation skills. Above all be clear about your vision of what you want to do, why you want to do it and the outcomes you are hoping for.
Applications for all our Awards are now closed!
Applications for all our Awards open at 12 noon on Wednesday 31 January 2018 and close at 12 noon on Wednesday 28 February 2018.
Register Your Interest in the Enterprise Support programme before you apply as this will ensure that you get updates and the latest news on the Awards programme. You should read all the details relating to the application process before completing the forms and submitting your application. These will be available when the application period is open in January. There will be separate applications depending on the type of Award you are applying for (see below).
We will shortlist applications based on this information and successful applicants will be invited to present to a panel of external judges at our Dragons’ Den event.
We are running a one day video production workshop on Sunday 18 February. It will cover all the areas you need to be aware of and is designed to give you practical help and advice. It will also advise you on how to use editing software. You can sign up to attend here
As large files are involved you need to use free software called WeTransfer to send them to email@example.com
They must be received no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 28 February
We would strongly recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to upload your files. You will receive an automatic email from WeTransfer when your files have been received. However, we will also email you to confirm that your file has been received.
Any queries should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org well before the deadline!
Try It Awards are for up to £500 (the average Award is £300) and focuses on encouraging individuals or small groups to test an idea or project. This could be in the form of social enterprise, social innovation or a business start-up proposal. The Awards are for up to £500 and an average Award given is normally in the region of £300- £400.
Types of activity could include finding out if your idea is viable, learning more about what is needed and/or even trying the project on a small scale first to get feedback on the product, market or where it sits in relation to the competition. The Award provides a practical opportunity for individuals not yet used to managing large sums of money or ready to deliver a larger project, to take the first steps towards starting their own venture and learning some of the skills needed to run it. The funding enables individuals or teams to progress at their own pace with the right support to develop their entrepreneurial or critical thinking skills they will require to, in some cases, take on larger projects.
For social enterprise and innovation projects - your application needs to demonstrate that you have a clearly identified social or environmental issue. It may be however that you need to apply for a grant in order to further research in order to appreciate and understand the problem in more detail.
Are for up to £5,000, with an average Award size of £3,000. These enable individuals and small teams to grow an idea around social enterprise, social innovation or business venture and get it running or in some cases move to the next stage to make it sustainable.
Do It Awards are for individuals or small teams that are confident their project will work and be able to demonstrate that they have the basic skills and knowledge to do it. This may be based on a previous Try It Award project or may be a new direct entry at Do It Award level. You will need to showcase your skills and the potential to take forward an idea that has had some project planning already.
In order to receive a Do It Award you will need to be clear about your vision of what you specifically want to do, why and the outcomes/impact you are aiming for and explain what success looks like. You will need to explain your value proposition and in the case of a social enterprise or social innovation project a description of who will benefit and why. You will need to provide evidence that you understand the environment you are operating in: what already exists, who is your competition and what are the levers for change in your sector. You need to provide information about your progress to date and your proposed action plans. What are your plans for using the funding – with a detailed breakdown/budget, the difference it will make to the project and the timescales?