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SOAS and Goldsmiths partner to secure funding for social entrepreneurs

8 November 2013

SOAS, University of London and Goldsmiths have successfully bid for funding in the next stage of the UnLtd/HEFCE HE Support Programme, a scheme designed to provide funding and support to budding social entrepreneurs.

The partnerships will enable both institutions to offer a more comprehensive enterprise programme. The launch event for the scheme, held at Google Campus on 4 November, was attended by 30 students to hear presentations from inspirational speakers Hackney Pirates and All in All Transit as well as completing idea generation activities.  

Last year, 56 institutions across England and 800 social entrepreneurs benefited from the scheme. Some 75% of these awards are for students, with 25% therefore going to staff (or all types and disciplines). Over 50% of the student awards were given to finalists and postgraduates.

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Launch event for this year's scheme, held at Google Campus


Director of SOAS Professor Paul Webley said: "I'm very pleased that we are now collaborating with Goldsmiths in continuing our work in this area. This is a development of our existing collaboration with Goldsmiths in the 1994 Group and will enable our students to carry out even more interesting projects."  

Michael Young, Pro-Warden for Students and Learning Development at Goldsmiths, University of London said: "We’re delighted to receive this funding from UnLtd for the HE Support Programme and equally delighted to be collaborating with SOAS on this venture. This endeavour will be a valuable addition to the already excellent work done at Goldsmiths in developing entrepreneurial activity and will be an excellent opportunity for students, alumni and staff."

UnLtd has recruited champions across institutions to promote this work locally, regionally and nationally – academic staff, support staff and student award winners and those involved in the delivery of these programmes have been involved.  SOAS made 17 awards and details of the projects can be found here.

What's the criteria?

If you are interested in applying for funding, the following workshops will be taking place:

13 November: Grow Your Idea – venue: Teach First, More London
19 November: Fund Your Idea – venue: Islington Hub, Angel
27 November: Pitch Your Idea – venue: O2 Workspace, Tottenham Court Road

The projects must benefit the public or a community in the UK; demonstrate a connection to the Higher Education Sector; need a HE Social Entrepreneurship Award to ensure their success; offer a learning opportunity for the applicant(s); be a new initiative – not a continuation of on-going; not be part of the applicant’s paid employment operations; be an entrepreneurial solution to a social problem; instigate social impact or social change and not be for activities outside the law, against public policy or anything that  fosters ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony.

Students interested in UnLtd/HEFCE HE Support Programme should contact Claire Renwick, c.renwick@soas.ac.uk or Sue Young s.young@gold.ac.uk. The deadline to apply for funding is Friday 13 December 2013.