First Steps in Social Enterprise 2018

FSISE2018Are you a budding social entrepreneur from a minority ethnic background, or someone with a business idea that will benefit the wider community and social housing residents?

Want some free advice?

Applications are now closed but we will run another First Steps In Social Enterprise programme in 2019 open to  women from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds

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

The programme includes;

  • 10 full day training sessions (10a.m. – 4p.m.)
  • Complimentary online package & moderated Facebook group
  • Online option


  • 20th September First Steps in Social Enterprise Launch – applications open.
  • First Steps in Social Enterprise applications close October 5th
  • Shortlisting & Interviewing process October 8th – 12th
  • Training programme duration October 13th – December 10th 2018

More about the programme

FSISE_2018_shoes_smWhat they say about First Steps:

“Wonderful structure and very student-centric, Sam Obeng is a superb trainer”
First Steps participant

“First Steps taught me what ‘fit for purpose’ really means”
Annetta Bennet, Impact Diversion

First Steps in Social Enterprise is a 12 week training and mentoring business support programme delivered by high quality experienced specialists designed for minority/migrant led or benefiting social enterprises. You will work through your social enterprise idea in a peer environment. First Steps in Social Enterprise systematically helps you understand and map the mission critical areas of a business plan, engaging practical tools, legal and financial knowledge, and business theory to your social enterprise. You will work through the product, the market, the viability, human resources, profitability, delivery plan, quality assurance systems and social impact issues in a peer context.

Launch event

Thursday 20th September 2018, 12–5pm at the Karibu Education Centre 7 Gresham Road, London SW9 7PH

Join workshops about:

  • Testing your social enterprise idea
  • Developing your trading contacts and pitching for work
  • Support available to help you scale up your enterprise

After this ‘taster session’ you may have the opportunity to join a free 12 – week programme to help you launch your own social enterprise.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register to attend at eventbrite or by calling 020 7688 8019

For more information about the First Steps in Social Enterprise contact John Mayford 07872 507489

Download the poster (PDF)

More about the day…

Work shop 1: Introduction to First Steps In Social Enterprise.
A taster session on the key elements that need to be in place for a successful social enterprise and an opportunity hear about our 12 week programme. First Steps in Social Enterprise will help you systematically map the mission-critical areas of your business plan, engaging practical tools, legal and financial knowledge, and business theory to support your social enterprise

Workshop 2: The Problem Tree and the business model canvas.
The Problem Tree is a 45 minute, interactive discussion on the social problems which most affect local residents. This workshop begins with an open discussion around social problems in Lambeth, finding common ground and ends thinking briefly about common solutions.
The business model canvas is a 45 minute discussion around how local residents have the solutions to solve these problems. Participants will then visually draw out their ideas for social change on a one page canvas which will be displayed around the room.

Workshop 3: Principle Six – Turn contacts into contracts.
Do you want to develop your trading contacts? Do you want to meet other social entrepreneurs? Do you want to share your experiences? Do you have something you want to tell the world?

Workshop 4: What does a housing association look for in a tender?
Find out what it takes to win a contract with a housing association or similar organisation? What will the competition look like? What do I need to demonstrate competence? What reassurance will a housing association look for? What policies and procedures does my organisation need?

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