Enable Gaming CIC, a social enterprise that is making eSport gaming events accessible to those with disabilities secures £5,000 in Firstport’s most recent Start It awards round. The grant was awarded from the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund.
Enable Gaming CIC co-founder Rob Flannigan was one of eight social entrepreneurs to receive a share of £36,696 funding in the latest round of Start It awards. Delivered by social enterprise agency Firstport, Start It awards are focused on piloting new ideas that are yet to get off the ground. Budding entrepreneurs can apply for up to £5000 to cover essential start-up costs.
West Lothian based Enable Gaming CIC aims to create a fully accessible gaming community, bringing eSports to more rural areas across Scotland as well as to those affected by disabilities. Co-founder Robert first became aware of how inaccessible eSports events were four years ago and wanted to challenge this inequality by starting his own social enterprise.
The enterprise works to assist individuals with disabilities, mental health needs and people who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. They work closely with local communities by hosting small eSports tournaments, which are accessible to all, regardless of gaming experience. With added support from ebuyer.com Enable Gaming aim to highlight how manufacturers could incorporate more inclusive technologies into their gaming events.
Robert Flannigan, co-founder of Enable Gaming CIC, said:
"We aim for Enable Gaming to be Scotland’s number one for eSports not just for the communities that we support but for the full gaming community, coming together to promote inclusion."
Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive of Firstport, said:
“Enable Gaming CIC is an exciting social enterprise that we haven’t seen the likes of before bringing social impact to an emerging sector. By assisting individuals with disabilities, mental health needs and people who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and engaging a wider audience on the accessibility of gaming events across the UK, Enable Gaming CIC is creating local impact whilst calling for a national change.
Demand and competition for seed funds from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund is growing each, with success rates currently now below 25%. I want to congratulate each of the eight entrepreneurs who secured funding in a very competitive round. I look forward to seeing how their ideas develop and grow.”
Details of the Start It award winners, by area:
- Gillian Harman received £5,000 for their social enterprise Skate of Mind
- Misty Hannah received £5,000 for her social enterprise Compassionate Accompaniment
Argyll & Bute
- Karlyn Marshall received £5,000 for her social enterprise Helensburgh Art Hub
- Merlin Planterose received £5,000 for her social enterprise Kinder Croft
- Christopher Clacher received £5,000 for his social enterprise Re-Cycled Bikes Scotland
- Robert Flannigan received £5,000 to develop his social enterprise Enable Gaming CIC
- Alexandra Ostroumoff-Croucher received £5,000 for her social enterprise The Playpen Café CIC
- Vanessa Van Scherpenseel received £3,696 for her social enterprise YOG_ART.