Ideas Spark at Social Enterprise Development Event…

Students, staff, local businesses and members of the community came together to develop their ideas for social enterprises.

(R-L) Stuart Thomasson of the Young Foundation and Seun Oshinakie of Brighter Steppings

‘Spark Your Idea – an introduction to social venturing’ welcomed around 60 delegates, all with an interest in generating ideas for a social enterprise, or who had already submitted their ideas to the University. They took part in practical exercises on the day to define their ideas to help them submit a business plan for a social enterprise. Support came from Stuart Thomasson of The Young Foundation and Seun Oshinaike of Brighter Steppings.

The next step for successful candidates will be for them to pitch at the We Do Ideas/Spark Your Idea investment event at The University of Northampton on Thursday 17 November, where the University will be making up to 30 investments in social enterprise development from a £20,000 ‘investment pot’. This date is national Social Enterprise Day and is also part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Wray Irwin commented:

‘We’ll be looking to make investments to social enterprises who demonstrate how their ideas can help the University achieve its strategic vision. Pitchers have to have links with community groups already and four partners when submitting. We are looking forward to what promises to be a very exciting day for the University’s social enterprise ambitions.’ Wray Irwin