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 Support Champion 2017, has supported more than 500 social entrepreneurs to get started and grow. The 50 ventures on their year-long incubator have raised more than £5 million in investment or grants, and doubled the number of beneficiaries they reach. The programme reaches 60% women and 30% entrepreneurs from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Join them for a one-day seminar at Cambridge Judge Business School to think about some of the issues we face in supporting social entrepreneurs:
- What have we learned from helping social ventures get started and grow?
- What are the ‘tricky bits’, such as finance and legal structures, that are different for social ventures?
- How can we reach more women entrepreneurs and people from diverse backgrounds?
- How can we ensure that social entrepreneurs create a legacy of impact?
Come and learn from their successes – and mistakes! Meet others working in the social enterprise support space and take home some practical tips that you can use to help entrepreneurs create social change. The social sector is growing and we hope this event will foster new relationships amongst a community of like-minded professionals. The aim is to learn from each other more about what social entrepreneurs need to thrive.
The event will bring together people from across the social enterprise ecosystem working in Higher Education and beyond:
- Business incubators and business support professionals wanting to work with social ventures
- People in the public sector looking to support social entrepreneurs in the community
- Universities and educational institutions responding to student-led demand for further teaching in these areas.
- Social entrepreneurs and students are also welcome to attend.
The team at Cambridge Social Ventures are offering those universities who have led HE Support or SEE Change programmes a 50% discount and in some cases bursaries are possible. See more information and registration details via this link: http://bit.ly/2usP1pT