We do this by providing the advice funding, practical support, and connections they need to start, develop and grow their idea.
But we cannot do this alone. We work with a range of funders, delivery partners and businesses to help early-stage social entrepreneurs maximise their social and environmental impact across Scotland.
Over the past 12 years, we have worked closely with partners to co-design, co-own, and co-deliver programmes to stimulate and support thousands of early-stage social entrepreneurs. You can read about some of the organisations we work with on our Meet the Partners page.
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There is a growing awareness of the important role of social enterprise in developing an inclusive economy in Scotland. We work with a range of partners including Government, charities, social enterprises, trusts and foundations, impact investors, universities, businesses and many others to design and deliver innovative programmes which support start-up social entrepreneurs to grow their business and impact.
We understand what we do best, so we work with people and organisations who have skills, experience and networks who can help us reach and support early-stage social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Often this means partnering with organisations who are closer to the needs being faced, like homeless charity Streetwork or local partner InspirAlba.
Starting and running a social enterprise requires a range of specialist advice and support. Partners like Barclays help us broaden the impact of our support by providing free specialist training, mentoring and workshop space. These mutually-beneficial partnerships help our partners achieve social responsibility objectives, motivate staff and raise their profile.