Resources and links
There are many sources of useful information online, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Awards For All
Awards for All England is supported by the Arts Council England, the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sport England. We award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.
Be Your Own Boss: Mentoring and Webinars
MIH Mentoring Supports students and graduates setting up their own businesses. Includes mentoring, webinars, a trading platform and discussion forums.
British Library Business & IP
The British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business.
Business Link is government's online resource for businesses. It is now enhanced with new, easy-to-use tools to help you start up, improve and grow your business.
The Design Council
The Design Council is an enterprising charity, whose work places design at the heart of creating value by stimulating innovation in business and public services, improving our built environment and tackling complex social issues
Emerge Venture Lab
Emerge Venture Lab provides funding and support to accelerate social ventures at the pre-investmentstage of development. Every six months they select up to ten companies, and work with them for a year by providing seed capital, bespoke legal and administrative support, and pro-bono advice, mentoring and consulting.
Enactus brings together students, academics and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Enternships connects students and graduates with ambitious start-ups and small businesses.
Enterprise Educators UK
Enterprise Educators UK has been networking, supporting and developing enterprise education for over ten years. This national network includes over 500 enterprise educators and practitioners, mainly from UK Higher Education institutions.
Funding Circle is an online marketplace to help businesses find low cost loans quickly and investors get better returns. There are no middlemen, no banks, and no lengthy delays. By directly connecting people who want to invest money with vetted, established businesses who want to borrow money, we eliminate the cost and complexity of the banking world. It's simple, we're better for business, better for investors, better all around.
Getting British Businesses online
Getting British Business Online and Google have partnered with the world's leading learning company, Pearson to bring you a new way to quickly get and grow your business online. With videos, tips and quizzes: this training will help you take full advantage of the online space.
HMRC provides information, advice and guides on paying tax.
Inspire2Enterprise is a free-to-access service for the social enterprise sector providing information, specialist advice and support from start-up through initial growth and beyond. It is designed for people looking to start, grow or improve their social enterprise and is delivered by qualified and experienced advisers and specialists.
Mardi is a new organisation concerned with providing support for existing charities and not-for-profit organisations by tapping in to the pool of resources provided by the many students and university alumni who wish to use their talents to make the world a better place.
MyKindaCrowd aims to deliver excellent outcomes for their corporate and SME clients, whilst also providing a measurable social benefit for young people, society and the UK economy. Their social vision is to level the playing field by allowing young people to connect with relevant companies, whatever their background.
NACUE is a fast-paced, grassroots charity that supports and represents student-led enterprise societies and young entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship in Universities and Colleges across the UK
NCCPE(National Coordinating Council for Public Engagement)
NCCPE support universities to engage with the public. They work with six Beacons which are university-based collaborative centres that help support, recognise, reward and build capacity for public engagement work.
Nesta is the UK’s innovation foundation. We help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. We do this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.
PraxisUnico is an educational not-for-profit organisation set up to support innovation and commercialisation of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact.
The Prince's Trust offers advice and guidance on low interest loans and grants. Provides ongoing business support and specialist advice, as well as a mentor.
The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
The Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre provides free legal advice to members of the public, students and College staff. The Centre operates for the mutual benefit of clients and students and is committed to enabling students to learn from practical experience.
RSA is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today's social challenges through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship.
SE-UEN (Social Enterprise - University Enterprise Network)
SE-UEN is a tripartite partnership between industry, the public sector and universities to make a substantial contribution to the long-term competitiveness of the UK economy and social cohesion.
School for Social Entrepreneurs
SSE was founded in 1997 by Michael Young. Its mission is to address inequalities and social exclusion by supporting social entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to transform their talent into real social outcomes, in the form of sustainable solutions to poverty and disadvantage in communities. It does this through the use of action-learning based programmes of personal and organisational development. SSE supports individuals to realise their potential and to establish, scale and sustain, social enterprises and social businesses across the UK, Australia and Canada.
Shell Live Wire
Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Join our community now to help launch your new business idea.
The Skoll Foundation benefits communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs.
Social Enterprise UK
Social Enterprise UK is the UK body for social enterprise - business with a social or environmental mission. They support business where society profits and provide an exhaustive database of SEs active across the country.
Sponsorcraft is a crowdfunding platform. Crowdfunding is sponsorship by a crowd of many donors, each making an individual, small donation in return for a small reward, like a t-shirt or a project poster. Sponsorcraft provides a platform to showcase projects to a potentially huge audience, and gives sponsors an easy way to donate. Sponsorcraft's key benefit is our focus on education. By doing so, we are able to showcase new projects to those who have already sponsored connected projects - such as those at the same university or town or in similar categories.
Sponsume is a crowdfunding platform for artistic and entrepreneurial projects. Launch a project or sponsor other creative projects on Sponsume. Funded projects include art exhibitions, documentaries and short films.
Start Up Britain
StartUp Britain is a national campaign to inspire, accelerate and celebrate entrepreneurship within the UK, with the full support of the Government.
UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality
6W2X is a social enterprise start-up incubator for student start-ups with a six-week exit strategy. The idea is that students can fit this within their studies or even vacation time, while also allowing them to get some real-life experience of working in teams and getting a start-up underway.