The University of Bath is working with a number of expert partners to support the growth of social enterprise activity in the Bath area.
The Social Enterprise Innovation Programme (SEIP) offers start-up and existing social enterprises free bootcamp-style mentoring. Those with the most potential are then offered incubation support – ongoing mentoring, particularly with a view to becoming investment-ready.
Participants have included social projects such Food Drop, which connects cafes and food retailers with local charities who can make use of food waste; and Urban Car Spa, a car wash which supports ex-army veterans back into employment within a familiar team environment.
Food Drop’s co-founders Miranda Kharmis and Everest Ekong (left) took part in the programme as part of their efforts to expand their venture beyond Bath:
“The support we received from the start-up bootcamp was unparalleled. It helped us reconsider our ideas and strategic planning from the bottom-up. We were able to reprioritise our plans, be creative and share our newly formed ideas with experts.”
The programme is managed by the University of Bath in partnership with the University of Bath Innovation Centre, The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), Social Enterprise Works, Voscur and CVS South Gloucestershire.
Go to the SEIP website to find out more.