East End Connect: Support for Social Enterprise Growth (Hackney, Barking & Dagenham)
UnLtd has partnered with UBS in a new scheme to support 42 social entrepreneurs over the next three years with the aim of transforming local communities through the growth of social enterprise. The East End Connect scheme will seek out early stage social entrepreneurs with ideas that have real social impact. Those selected will be offered a bespoke Do It Awards package that includes up to £5,000 together with one-to-one support and specialist advice. There will also be some support for a small number of established social ventures to help them increase their scale and sustain their impact. The scheme builds on the similar, successful UBS-funded Hackney Connect programme that supported social entrepreneurs such as: Stephen Addison, from BoxUp Crime who used boxing as a tool to educate and develop young people, moving them away from crime; and Kofi Oppong, from Urban MBA a social venture that offers support and mentoring to help young people acquire business acumen and digital skills. Applicants should be aged 16 or over, be resident in the UK and not part of an established organisation. Although Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time, every year there will be three cut off dates to coincide with assessment meetings the first of which is 27th March 2018.