WE’RE WORKING TO UNDERSTAND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
AND HOW BEST TO SUPPORT IT
We’re constantly striving to understand how our work impacts social entrepreneurs. We use this knowledge to create new ideas for how we work, advise others on their impact and contribute to the support eco-system.
To see our various publications, expand the links below.
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The Big Venture Challenge offers a rare opportunity to understand the motivations of new investors in social ventures and the issues faced by ambitious social entrepreneurs, by tracking co-investment deals in real time. Its practical approach lends itself to experimentation and learning, through which UnLtd hopes to uncover the key drivers of, and barriers to, →
The number of people aged 50 and over is growing as our society ages. Yet this age groups seems to be under-represented amongst social entrepreneurs. This Findings Paper explores social entrepreneurship amongst people aged 50+. We look at the motivations, distinctive features and contributions of older social entrepreneurs and the potential for social entrepreneurship to →
Social entrepreneurship creates an opportunity for young people to use their creativity and passion to address social issues. This paper explores the role of informal and formal education in helping them to do this. We find that young people can become social entrepreneurs whether they succeed academically or not, and that they learn social entrepreneurship →
In March 2010, we published our first Findings Paper. Social Entrepreneurs: The Facts provided insight into the individuals who have the passion, ideas and can-do attitude to set up and run a social venture. This 2012 edition provides an update of our previous findings and key facts about the social entrepreneurs we support.
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Live UnLtd supports young people who want to start projects to make a change. It aims to give those aged 11-21 their first taste of leading a social venture. These reports describe what happens when we support these young people as they set up their ventures. They explore the economic and social impact of these →
Young people can lead initiatives to create social change – they just need the right tools, structures and resources. The Confidence Curve describes UnLtd’s learning from four years of working with Comic Relief to support young social entrepreneurs. It shows how support can be set up so that young people can really own social change.
Spaces 4 Change was funded by Channel 4 and supported social entrepreneurs to start and run social ventures that unlock unused or under-utilised spaces for young people aged 16-25. The evaluation shows how the awards were used to reinvigorate community spaces, giving young people ownership and control.
Unlocking the potential of social entrepreneurship in Higher Education Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, UnLtd made awards to 200 staff and students in English Higher Education Institutions between 2009 and 2011. This final evaluation report explores how far the programme was able to help embed a culture of social entrepreneurship in →
The two year Engage programme (April 2010 – April 2012) supported a cohort of 30 social entrepreneurs to start up, and four to scale up, ventures which address issues arising from a society which is living longer. The programme has demonstrated that social entrepreneurship can build much needed capacity for supporting the needs of older →