Social Enterprise Ignition Funding Event heralds the launch of the UMIP Social Ignition Funding Opportunity.

The event hosted on Wednesday 12th October here at the Innovation Centre was attended by members of staff, research students and recent graduates from The University of Manchester with the aim of helping individuals to understand what Social Enterprise is, and how they could explore their ideas in more detail.

The event kicked off with Social Entrepreneur Alison Edmonds from Epic Steps CIC, who gave an inspirational talk covering her background and the drivers that led to her setting up her own social enterprise. The second part of the event was led by UMIP Social Enterprise Ambassador, Nickala Torkington, who spoke about the critical success factors in developing a social enterprise project. Nickala ran an interactive session where in groups, the attendees were encouraged to explore their project ideas, think about what the social benefits would be, and to try to identify what would be the next steps to test, trial or develop their ideas in order to take them forward.

UMIP Social Enterprise Ambassador, Nickala Torkington discussing what a social entrepreneur is

UMIP Social Enterprise Ambassador, Nickala Torkington discussing what a social entrepreneur is

The event closed with UMIP Enterprise and Business Development Manager, Dr Laura Etchells, announcing that applications are Now Open for funding of between £500 – £2000, for individuals to try out or grow their entrepreneurial ideas. This can include finding out if their idea is viable, learning more about what is needed and trying the project on a small scale right through to more robust road testing of the idea.

UMIP Enterprise and Business Development Manager, Dr Laura Etchells discusses the support available

UMIP Enterprise and Business Development Manager, Dr Laura Etchells discussing the support available

The deadline for applications is Friday 4th November. For more information and to download an application form click here