First Steps in Social Enterprise

First StepsFirst Steps in Social Enterprise is a 10-12 week business planning programme led by highly-experienced social enterprise business specialists. Participants with social entrepreneurial ideas receive support to systematically map their business planning process.

“First Steps taught me what ‘fit for purpose’ really means”

Annetta Bennett, Impact Diversion

“Working with Olmec on the development of the
business plan has brought a fresh perspective and new
skills to HustleBucks”.

Samuel Alebioshu

Who is it for?

  • Organisations moving from charity to social enterprise status
  • Individuals developing an existing social enterprise business model
  • Individuals who want to test the viability of their new social enterprise idea

What will it give me?

The sessions are driven by your social enterprise journey. First Steps 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.

You will:

  • define your product and target market
  • explore the viability, human resources, profitability, delivery plan
  • learn about quality assurance systems and social impact issues in a peer context

When and where is it delivered?

Olmec delivers First Steps when grant funding or programme sponsors provide the resources.  All announcements about upcoming programmes will be made on this website and through our social media channels.

If your organisation would like to commission a run of First Steps in your community please contact John Mayford

First Steps in Social Enterprise for BME Women 2017

First Steps In Social Enterprise is free and open to existing  and aspiring female social entrepreneurs from BME (Black and Ethnic Minority) backgrounds. The programme is designed to support aspiring social entrepreneurs ideas through a structured 12 week programme.

Launch Event  – March 30th 2017, 10am to 4pm.  To attend Register here. To learn more see First Steps for BME Women Launch

Applications  – Applications for this year’s programme is open from February 25th to  April 21st 2017.  Apply here

Programme Dates – 12 week programme duration from April 29th to July 31st 2017

For more information  and see First Steps in Social Enterprise for BME Women 2017.

See also:

First Steps Graduation 2015

Feb 2015 filmstrip 1