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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING AMBITIOUS SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS?

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IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR NETWORK OF SUPPORTERS PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Support the Big Venture Challenge:

We are building a network of supporters – individuals and organisations– who can help 30 of England’s most ambitious social entrepreneurs to reach scale.

These supporters will have the skills, experience and networks to offer advice, open doors to markets and partners, and provide hands-on support to help the ventures grow.

The Big Venture Challenge will run themed and regional cohorts every year in order to build deeper, more relevant strategic support networks around each cohort. In 2013 our themed cohort will be in Health and Social Care and we are building a dedicated network of supporters that may include commissioners, policy makers, corporates and specialist investors.

Our regional cohort will be in the North West of England, where we will build a diverse network of key influential stakeholders ranging from local authorities, housing associations, and social organisations to local businesses, investors, and professionals.

WHY WORK WITH US?

WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME:

As a Big Venture Challenge Supporter, you will have direct access to the 30 most impressive social entrepreneurs in England.

You will be kept up to date with all the latest news from the cohort and our learnings on which social ventures are raising investment and scaling most rapidly and why.

You will be invited to events with the entrepreneurs and fellow supporters – social events, policy roundtables and workshops – to broaden your personal networks, showcase your work and strengthen your understanding of the social investment sector. You may be also invited to sit on judging panels to help select the winners or to approve match-funding applications.

In 2011-12 the Big Venture Challenge pilot supported 25 social ventures to reach scale; over 12 months we have made 227 introductions to strategic connections – including pro-bono legal, financial, marketing, IT, PR and HR support, mentors with individuals from diverse backgrounds ranging from DCLG, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Hogan Lovells, O2 and the Big Lottery Fund.

See the 2011-12 Page

WORDS FROM OUR SUPPORTERS:

“The Big Venture Challenges represents a real injection of adrenaline to the social enterprise sector to help source nationally the really impressive examples of entrepreneurship.”

Yasmin Waljee, Hogan Lovells

Deutsche Bank is proud to support the Big Venture Challenge, and in doing so, explore ways to deploy capital to the nascent UK impact investment market”

Kate Cavelle, Director, UK Corporate Citizenship

“Big Venture Challenge is a hugely important initiative. We know that innovative social businesses struggle to get the help they need to move from successful local enterprises to ventures capable of having national impact. We have to close that gap and who better than UnLtd to make it happen.”

Philip Colligan, Executive Director of the Public Service Lab, NESTA

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