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Special Offer - for UnLtd previous partner universities to attend 'Supporting Social Entrepreneurs' seminar on 24th July, Cambridge
The University of Cambridge are running a one-day seminar at Cambridge Judge Business School to think about some of the issues universities and wider partners in the ecosystems face in supporting social entrepreneurs.
The Cambridge Social Ventures programme is deliberately quite different to traditional entrepreneurial support. There are no mentors, no demo days, no elevator pitches. Instead they’ve built a programme that delivers strong business training while nurturing social entrepreneurs, regardless of their educational or socioeconomic background.
So far, the Cambridge Social Ventures programme, led by Belinda Bell who recently won the SEE Changemakers Highly Commended award as Social Enterprise…
Now in their 5th year, the SEE Changemakers Recognition Awards are the only comprehensive awards highlighting the achievements of social entrepreneurs originating at universities and the teams and institutions who support them. Read on to learn more about those pioneering social innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across the Higher Education Sector and those excelling in their innovative support and partnership development to embed support to catalyse social change.
This year over 37 applications were received across the 8 award categories and engaged a broad range of universities across England and overseas. Our panel of judges were selected for their strategic knowledge and practical insight in supporting and developing social innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders, across staff, student, graduate and wider communities. The awards which are supported by UnLtd and HEFCE were judged by a team comprising of:
- Mark Norbury, CEO - UnLtd
- Ed Hughes, Head of…
Tomorrow the second conference as part of the SEE Changemakers series takes place led by OSEP in Oxford entitled 'Breaking Barriers - Making Connections'. Sessions and the Recognition Awards this year have international element with many international delegates attending to share learning with peers supporting social innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership across the Higher Education sector. The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network is leading a session to highlight it's work and that of it's members linked to universities, here is what you can expect....
It is 4 years since the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) launched, supported by UnLtd: the UK Foundation of Social Entrepreneurs and the UK Cabinet Office. Since then it has grown to 50 members in 50 countries worldwide. Its mission: to support global supporters of Social Entrepreneurs with a range of expertise, tools and resources to make their work both easier and more effective. We are now seeking to open the membership up more widely, to encompass new sectors, like Higher…
‘To what extent does the Higher Education Sector have the capacity to support social entrepreneurship?’ - Calling all UK based Universities: Share your learning and views in a new piece of research
HEFCE have commissioned a new piece of research to look at the overarching question ‘To what extent does the Higher Education Sector in England have the capacity to support social entrepreneurship?’ This research will look at the assets, expertise, track record, impact, challenges and future opportunities regarding universities and their support of social entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. A range of activities will be provided to seek to address this this question, using various methods to engage diverse stake holders and a summary report will be produced in the autumn later this year. Please get involved.
HEFCE have commissioned this piece of evaluation work to be carried out by Flourish Together CIC, a social enterprise which I am a co-founder of, which has developed over the last 3 years in part as a result of the needs of UnLtd/SEE Change partner programmes, brokering relationships and developing interventions to support social entrepreneurs in universities and beyond. A small, dedicated team with varied expertise spanning impact evaluation, social value and support for social entrepreneurs…
As Student Hubs celebrates a decade of student-led social action, we are excited to be conducting our first Graduate Impact Survey.
Yesterday marked 10 years since Oxford Hub was launched by five students. Since then, Student Hubs has grown into the organisation we run today, supporting thousands of students to lead and take part in social action in their communities every year.
Now, we are excited to launch our first Graduate Impact Survey. Long term impact is a core component of our Theory of Change, so we want to learn more about what Hub students have done since leaving university. We want to gain insight into their…
Now in their 5th Year we are pleased to announce the call for applications for this year’s SEE Changemakers Recognition Awards 2017, supported by UnLtd.
With several categories and a range of influential judges to gain recognition and share insight with - please make time to nominate your university, colleagues and social ventures you are supporting this year. Deadline for nominations is 12th June and winners will be announced at the SEE Changemaker conference led by OSEP in Oxford on 28th June.
The SEE Changemakers Awards are open to staff, students, recent graduates and those with social ventures being supported by a Higher Education Institution/ University.
We will be inviting the following panel of people, influencing across the HE and SE sectors to review, critique and debate who will be awarded this year's SEE Changemakers Recognition Awards for university staff, students, and graduates championing social entrepreneurship. There are award for both supporters and social…
After a few years of hard graft across the Higher Education sector supporting social entrepreneurs to innovate and be the change, it's now on the radar of Pioneers Post who we have been supporting to develop their next quarterly magazine which will highlight how HEIs are innovating support for social entrepreneurs and helping to build resilient communities, as well as develop a guide to training and education for social entrepreneurs.
Take a look at the sponsorship opportunities they have available to help put your institution on the map!
Pioneers Post reports on social enterprise, social innovation, responsible business and social investment.
They also publish a quarterly magazine. The next edition will be themed around social enterprise and education; it is due to be with subscribers at the end of May.
We are increasingly hearing more about HEIs running courses about social enterprise, identifying as social enterprises or running initiatives such as festivals devoted to the subject.
The Pioneers Post Guide to Education and…
Spark Social Enterprise Innovation Conference - International Conference, University of Brighton 15th June
A pioneering international event advancing sustainable and high impact innovation for social enterprises.
The Spark Social Enterprise Innovation Conference will bring together change makers from the UK, Holland, Belgium and France for a day of collaborative activity, at the University of Brighton. The event will explore the optimum environment for social enterprises to develop and deliver more sustainable and high impact innovations, leading to increased growth.
The day will include inspirational stories of innovation in action, delving deep through listening and discussing, exploring collaborations with universities and research professionals, full delegate ideation/hackathon activity, case studies, specialist practical and creative workshops, 1-2-1 innovation clinics, pitching challenges from featured social enterprises, graphic recording, film making, the opportunity to join our new innovation network and a host of other experiences.
A new report out by the Centre for Entrepreneurs looks at the role of universities in supporting high-growth graduate startups
By incubating graduate entrepreneurs, universities can drive economic growth and innovation, boost graduate retention, bolster student recruitment and, most importantly, help more young people fulfil their aspirations. This report cuts through the hype and explores how universities might do so...
University graduates are at an ideal time in their lives to start businesses. Through their exposure to a range of ideas and activities they are particularly disposed towards developing innovative business ideas and meeting potential co-founders.
Yet start-up rates among graduates remain low – at least compared to the potential. For many graduates, starting a business simply feels too risky compared to a stable job in the corporate world. Others simply have no idea where to start.
The myth of…
The theme of the SE Mark conference this year is ‘Broadening Horizons’ – hosted by the University of Winchester. The aim is to encourage social enterprises to push the boundaries of the traditional social enterprise market to see how they can engage with and be visible in new sectors. Find out more....
As the social enterprise sector continues to grow, the event will look at new opportunities for social enterprise to further expand and diversify in times of significant political and social change. The conference will focus on ways we can all broaden our horizons and connect with new markets, including a special panel session using examples of social enterprise activities from across a wide range of sectors.
The main day of the conference (6th June) is open to all, including those working…
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