We are delighted to announce that the following social enterprises will be receiving investment readiness support from LaunchMe.
LaunchMe is an investment readiness programme that helps ambitious social and community enterprises prepare for investment so they can grow and scale their social impact. It works intensively with social entrepreneurs through a bespoke business support programme and professional expertise.
LaunchMe has been supporting ambitious social enterprises since 2014, and in an exciting change, LaunchMe is now an open, rolling programme. This means applicants can join it at any time and move at their own pace but also tap into peer support and expert training at different points throughout the support.
Bayile Adeoti (Dechomai) – Dechomai is a social enterprise that promotes diversity and community integration through delivering events and paid work place training. Dechomai aims to bridge the gap between the needs of the growing BME migrant communities and existing support provision in Scotland.
Danny Gemmel (Be-inn Unity) – Be-inn Unity is a social enterprise that exists to inspire and educate communities, so that individuals are empowered to thrive.
For Danny LaunchMe is an opportunity to grow personally and professionally as social entrepreneur, with the help from the LaunchMe mentors and the peer support network, he hopes to increase the impact Be-inn Unity has within our communities.
Catherine Knowles (Paisley Community Circus) – Paisley Community Circus is a social enterprise that offers access to artistic expression and physical literacy through circus activities, within a nurturing, supportive and inclusive community.
Although Paisley Community Circus are in the early stages of their journey, they are hoping to use the experience and skills gained through Launch Me to scale up their venture and to prepare themselves for an increase in demand for the services.
Jessi Rich (Edinburgh Open Workshop) – Edinburgh Open Workshop is an open, versatile makerspace that brings people across a wide range of creative disciplines together. They hope to advance the arts by providing inclusive access to workshop space and equipment, and to encourage participation in the arts by providing a diverse programme of accessible workshops, classes and courses.
Jessi is excited to be on Launch Me and using the impressive level of support, training and guidance to help Edinburgh Open Workshop to be better equipped, grow larger and grow it resources so they can increase their reach and impact.
Michelle Good (Portgordon Community Trust) – Portgordon Community Trust aim to become a sustainable community with a strong local economy and a resilient capacity to manage change.
Cameron Campbell (Stat Salus) – Stat Salus is a social enterprise which sells toilet hygiene products. They donate on the go toilet hygiene products to those with bowel conditions, to liberate them from the confinements of their homes, allowing them to integrate back into their communities by improving their mental health and wellbeing.
Cameron hope to use the Launch Me programme to work with and learn from like minded social entrepreneurs who are on a similar journey of using business with purpose to solve social problems. With the support of Firstport and their partners through Launch Me, Cameron hopes to scale up Stat Salus’ sales and social impact.
If you are interested in getting investment ready, visit the LaunchMe page to learn more about participating in the programme.