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Got a great idea but don't know how to get it off the ground? Getting funding for a new social or non for profit enterprise can be difficult but new ways are emerging that can help budding entrepreneurs. Add your ideas to this guide.
Kick Start is a new programme run by experienced entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs which invests up to £30,000 of seed capital to help fund early stage business - including sustainable social enterprises and non profit businesses.
Just as importantly it provides expert advice, help and mentoring to help start ups reach key milestones such as product launch, distribution, revenues or business partnerships.
Kick Start is for entrepreneurs who have got a good idea and shown they are committed to it by, for example, building a prototype, anyalysing the market or contacting potential customers to prove a sustainable business case exists. The programme is backed by Oxford Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial societies around the country. Applications for Kick Start 2011 are now open and close on May 6th 2011.
For those at the pure idea stage UnLtd is a great start, providing grants to aspiring and deserving social entrepreneurs who want to make a difference.
The Government's new start up initiative Start Up Britain has a lot of useful information and links for social entrepreneurs.
And several social entrepreneurial incubators are emerging that foster entrepreneurial teams and work with them intensively for several months to refine their business plans and next steps.
The social entrepreneurial scene in the UK is growing rapidly and it has never been a better time to get involved.
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