First Steps in Social Enterprise for BME Women

Application Now opens!

First Steps in Social Enterprise BME Women is designed to benefit women with a social enterprise idea, sole traders considering social enterprises, new start social enterprises that want to strengthening their model, people or groups considering move from voluntary sector to social enterprise model, or budding social entrepreneurs…

The Real Change Collective is a partnership including Olmec, Arhag, Praxis, Doctors of The World, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKRWO) and Migrants Rights Network providing a holistic package of support to migrant and refugee women and girls and funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Who is it for?

Women from BME (Black and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds)
Migrant and refugee women
With a business idea to benefit the community or the environment
Sole Traders
Charities or community groups wanting to develop their business model
Existing social enterprises with a low turnover (led by BME women)

Click here to download the application form

More about the programme

The programme is designed to support aspiring social entrepreneurs’ ideas through a structured 12-week programme. The programme includes:

  • 11 full day sessions (10am to 4pm)
  • Complimentary online package & moderated Facebook group
  • Online option


  • Launch July 25th 2019
  • Application open July 25th & Close September 30th
  • Shortlisting & Interview process October 1 – 4th
  • Delivery dates:
    October 2019, 12th, 26th
    November 2019, 9th, 23rd
    December 2019, 7th, 21st
    January 2020, 4th, 18th
    February 2020, 1st, 15th

How to Apply ?

Click here to download the application form

Then send the application form completed to

For more information please call John Mayford, 0207 688 8019 , 07872507489

About the launch

The launch has been held to the Karibu Education Centre in Brixton on the 25th of July. It was a FREE OPPORTUNITY to meet successful social enterprises and sector specialists and to find out more about this exciting new programme. The attendees also get the opportunity to participate in taster workshops.

  • 4 Inspirational Speakers
  • An opportunity to attend 4 taster workshops
  • Meet the First Steps in Social Enterprise team sector specialists