?30k funding opportunity to launch for Cambridge University staff as well as students

£30k funding opportunity to launch for Cambridge University staff as well as students

Written by Lautaro VaSource: www.cabume.co.uk


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Cambridge University has teamed up with UnLtd to offer its staff and students up to £30,000 in funding support over the next academic year.

UnLtd is one of the leading providers of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. It backs hundreds of projects throughout the year through its regular awards programme, but has now launched a series of Higher Education partnerships that cover 56 UK institutions including Anglia Ruskin University, offering grants and tailored support to selected social entrepreneurs at each institution.

Its first event in Cambridge is with the University of Cambridge however when it launches the awards programme on November 7 with an event for those interested in finding out more about how they can benefit from the scheme and potentially launch their own social enterprise.

The scheme is said to help students and staff at the University develop their expertise, skills, knowledge base and business support structures in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise activity.

Further support will be provided by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, which is offering a 12-hour ‘Starting a New Enterprise’ course during Lent term (January to March) to support social entrepreneurs in developing business models.

Decisions will then be made during Easter term to offer cash grants and 12 months’ of support to selected entrepreneurs, which includes consultations and advice from local partners, participation in mentoring networks and workshops, trainings and networking events offered through the nationwide Social Entrepreneurship Awards programme.

• UnLtd Social Entrepreneurs Awards Launch, Wednesday 7 November 2012, 6.30pm Emmanuel College Queen’s Building. RSVP to rachel.teubner@admin.cam.ac.uk