Three Day Intensive for Start Up Social Entrepreneurs

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Do you have an idea for a project or a business which could benefit your community but don’t know where to start? Or are you in the very early stages of running one? This short course could help you get your idea off the ground.

Applications are NOW OPEN for the second round of our highly successful three-day intensive short courses. DEADLINE for submission is 14 January 2018.


This three-day introduction to social enterprise is for anyone with a social enterprise idea and will give an introduction to starting and setting up a social business.  We are running this course again in two locations.

Location and dates:

Devon and Somerset programme: 25 + 26 January, 8 March 2018

Delivered at Dartington or Plymouth (tbc).

Bristol progamme:  29 + 30 January, 5 March 2018

Delivered in Bristol.

You will need to attend all 3 days

What you’ll learn

The course will signpost you to potential sources of start-up finance and you will come away with a personal action plan. The course is based on the successful School for Social Entrepreneurs Start-up programme and is an ideal first step if you are thinking of applying for a future programme. We will cover topics such as:

  • Defining social enterprise and social entrepreneurship
  • Communicating your idea clearly
  • Thinking about your business planning
  • An introduction to social impact
  • Planning your market research

Plus the opportunity to meet some social entrepreneurs and hear their story and journey.

Who should apply?

The Start Up Intensive Programme 2018 is suitable for people who are in the process of developing an idea for a social enterprise or who are in the very early stages of running one.

Devon and Somerset Programme: This is aimed at people who are living and/or operating in the Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) and Somerset regions (not North or N.E. Somerset – see Bristol programme).

Bristol and West of England programme: This is aimed at people who are living and/or operating in the Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset regions.

Other details

This course is free. There are 20 places available.

The Devon and Somerset course is part funded by the Heart of The South West Enhance Social Enterprise programme (European Regional Development Fund).

The Bristol course is part funded by the West of England Social Enterprise and Innovation Programme (European Regional Development Fund) and Bristol City Council.

What do I need to do now?

You will need to download an application form for the programme you are interested in:

Devon and Somerset: Click here to visit the SSE website and apply or to discuss please contact / 01803 847067.

Bristol and West of England: Click here to visit the SSE website and apply or to discuss please contact / 01803 847290.

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