First Steps In Social Enterprise is free and open to existing  and aspiring  social entrepreneurs from BME (Black and Ethnic Minority) backgrounds.

You can apply if you:
  • Are a sole trader, or have a skill and want to develop a business that benefits the community
  • Have a social enterprise idea / social enterprise at an early stage
  • Want to develop a social enterprise model from an existing community organisation
  • Are an entrepreneur that wants to develop a social enterprise

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

The programme includes:
  • 10 full day sessions  on Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm
  • Complimentary online package & moderated Facebook group
  • Applications open November 1st 2018 and close on January 11th 2019
  • Shortlisting & Interviewing process : January 14 th – 17th
  • Programme duration : from January 23rd – March 31st 2019
If you think that your social enterprise or your social enterprise idea can benefit from First Step in Social Enterprise programme

Download and complete the Application form


Please send the completed forms back to:

You can also send hard copies to: First Steps In Social Enterprise Programme, Olmec, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 OQH.

If you require further information, want to discuss the programme, or if you need help in filling in these forms, please call us on 0207 688 8019 or 07872 507489 or email