LaunchMe Blog

News and views on LaunchMe, an accelerator programme for ambitious social enterprise start-ups.

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We caught up with LaunchMe alumni Robbie Norval, Founding Director of Lingo Flamingo, as they gear up to open their Launguage Nest in Glasgow

We caught up with Lynzi Leroy from the Scottish Design Exchange (SDX), who took part in Round 3 of LaunchMe, to find out about her experience on the programme in 10 quick fire questions

The LaunchMe blog brings you insights into the programme, how it works and what can you expect as a participant. In this latest post, we are very excited to share with you an investor perspective. Read on to find out what investors really think about social investment, the qualities they look for in an entrepreneur and what makes a good pitch!

On 12 September, KLAS Care will officially open their new premises – a development made possible after investment accessed through LaunchMe. We caught up with Lesley, one of the founders of KLAS Care, to ask her some quick fire questions about her experience on the LaunchMe programme.

After months of planning, the fourth round of LaunchMe is finally open! This is always an exciting time for the Firstport team, as it gives us a chance to get out and about to meet and encourage social entrepreneurs to think big and make an even greater social impact, faster.

Are you working on your business plan? If you have been long-listed for LaunchMe, you better be!

Roger Moors, Chief Development officer at Social Investment Scotland talks about what it really means to be investment ready and the ‘Will, Skill and Bill’ questions... 

I talked to Sylvia at the end of a very busy week as she completed the induction of seven new board members and took on new premises. You might have heard of Sylvia as the Empowerment Pants lady.

Corrin Henderson was a participant on the very first LaunchMe cohort back in 2014. He raised finance to open Inverness Kart Raceway in the Highlands.

Sometimes you have to look back to look forward. It has been two years, almost to the day, since Firstport selected the first group of participants onto LaunchMe, and it has been an exciting journey for both the participants and us.

September 9, 2014

Finding your angel

Last week we announced our first LaunchMe Cohort – seven of Scotland’s most exciting social enterprises. We’ll be working with them over the next 22 months to accelerate their growth and help them realise big ambitions with the right investor on board.

I’ve been meeting recently with social entrepreneurs, running all manner of early stage businesses. It’s been great fun and personally inspiring to re-engage in a start-up environment.

Hands up, leadership is one of my favorite topics. It’s vast, it’s polarizing and a subject I’m deeply passionate about.


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