Enterprise support

  • Sophia Bannert

    Social innovation

    MArchD Applied Design in Architecture, recent graduate

    Bee-Able

    Sophia Bannert

    Bee-Able is a tool developed to tackle accessibility issues in the city using technology, architectural interventions and people power. Bee-able allows citizens to rate and review the accessibility of their city, informing businesses exactly how to improve whilst helping other travellers feel more confident in navigating their city.

    How has the Enterprise Support scheme helped with your development?

    The Enterprise Support scheme helped with my project immensely. It’s been six months since I first asked for support, and they’ve helped me raise £3,500 through the Enterprise Support Awards at Oxford Brookes and the Enterprise Stars Competition in Salford.

    They have also provided me with excellent mentoring support, informative lectures and useful contacts.

    The team have been really supportive of any queries or concerns I’ve had along the way, and have even been known to respond to emails within the hour on a weekend. They have gone above and beyond what I expected, and I’m so grateful to have met such an encouraging and dedicated team of people.

    What skills have you learned?

    I’m from a design background so I had no formal training in business or enterprise, other than watching Dragon’s Den on BBC 1. Now, I think I understand all the essentials and more.

    I know how to write up a business plan, incorporate a company, design a marketing strategy and make financial projections, and I’ve learnt about sustainability, measuring your social impact and scalability – the list goes on! The Enterprise Support scheme has empowered me to take my business idea to the next level with confidence.