For the purposes of this work, 'social entrepreneurs' are individuals who set up ventures which address social issues, create positive change, or reinvest some profit from those ventures for social good.
A video produced by UnLtd about the programme.
We are working with the social-enterprise charity UnLtd to create a culture of social entrepreneurship across the higher education sector. This follows on from our successful pilot project with UnLtd.
We have developed a further programme of work with UnLtd which we are supporting with a £2 million investment from the Higher Education Innovation Fund.
Applications from HEFCE-funded HEIs to take part in the programme have now been assessed and we are pleased to announce that 56 HEIs have been selected to receive an award from this initiative.
UnLtd will work with the selected HEIs over an 18 month period to develop their support structures into effective and embedded systems which make it easier for social entrepreneurs to start-up and thrive.
From 2009 and 2011, HEFCE and UnLtd worked together on a pilot phase of work.
A report on the findings from this programme is available. The report documents the impact of the £1million investment and the 200 new social ventures created in 70 HEIs in England to catalyse the support for social entrepreneurship in HE.
Working with UnLtd, we have developed a toolkit that is designed to help social entrepreneurs. This offers a comprehensive guide to developing a social enterprise business.
The toolkit will help entrepreneurs work from an initial idea, through setup and piloting and, ultimately on to longer-term sustainability, growth and replication where appropriate.
It aims to provide practical guidance and working models or frameworks that will help in planning and implementing projects. It also contains some discussion of HEI-specific issues that are worth considering.
We already support the enterprise agenda through the work HEIs do with business and the wider community. It is also an important element of the activities funded through the Higher Education Innovation Fund.
We previously provided information on good practice and development in this area through, for example, the Science Enterprise Challenge.
In developing the Social Entrepreneurship Awards, we have undertaken a formal assessment of their impact on the HE sector in terms of regulatory burden, equality and diversity, and sustainable development.
The Social Entrepreneurship Awards web-site provides information about eligibility and the application process.
Page last updated 8 June 2012