Big Social 2016

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF SUPPORT LOOK LIKE FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS?

On 25th and 26th 2016 we were joined by over 180 participants from over 140 organisations for two days of inspiring speakers, challenging discussions and focused debate at the world’s leading know-how exchange for the supporters of social entrepreneurs.

This year’s exchange focussed on how supporters can maximize the opportunities for social entrepreneurs to innovate, grow impact and build connections.

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Featured Speakers

Margaret Mountford

Margaret Mountford is a British lawyer, businesswoman and television personality best known for her role in The Apprentice. Returning to education later in life, she completed her PhD in 2012 at University College London. Margaret also chairs the Bright Ideas Trust. BIT was set up by the first Apprentice winner Tim Campbell, and helps young people start their own businesses.

Andrew Devenport

Andrew is CEO of Youth Business International (YBI) and leads the global network’s efforts to help more young entrepreneurs start up in business. He is an expert on youth entrepreneurship and works closely with YBI members on issues such as resourcing, operations and governance. Prior to joining YBI, Andrew spent 18 years in investment banking, most recently as a managing director at Goldman Sachs.

Pooja Warier

Pooja Warier is the co-Founder & CEO of UnLtd India, a pioneering organisation that finds, funds and supports early stage social entrepreneurs in India. She was nominated as a TED India Fellow in 2009 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

Professor Vikas S. Shah

Professor Vikas S. Shah is an award winning entrepreneur, strategist and educator who has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost 20 years. He is also a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, business and organisations globally.

Natalie Campbell

Natalie Campbell is Founder and Director of A Very Good Company, a Social Innovation and Campaigns agency and an UnLtd Trustee. Their flagship campaign – A Good Week – has over 100 supporter organisations and was endorsed by Sir Richard Branson. Natalie is a Fellow of the RSA, Clore Social Leadership Programme and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Clients include Virgin Media, Marks and Spencer, somewhereto and Channel 4.

Colin Crooks

Colin is CEO and founder of social enterprise, Tree Shepherd. Promoting and supporting local enterprise in the UKs most marginalised communities, Tree Shepherd actively promote business creation and support as the most effective approach to jobs creation and relief of poverty. Colin has extensive experience running social enterprises and working with large corporate and governmental clients. He is a Fellow of the RSA and regularly works with School for Social Entrepreneurs and Common Purpose.

Dawn Whiteley

Dawn is CEO of the National Enterprise Network (NEN), the membership body for organisations in the enterprise support sector across England. With over twenty years in sector, Dawn has vast experience of the needs of start-ups and small businesses, together with personal experience of running a small business. Dawn was previously Chairman of the NEN, is a Director of Customer First UK and the Chair of Governors at a local school.

Chris Rawlins

Chris is Founder and Director of SoFab Sports, a sports shop and football training club giving young adults with physical or mental difficulties the skills, self-esteem and confidence they need to find employment. Following 25 years in operations management, Chris and his son Dale set up SoFab Sports and 3 years on they are the largest providers of disability football in the UK. Having won numerous awards SoFab Sports is ready for significant expansion into neighbouring counties.

Vidhya Alakeson

Vidhya Alakeson is Chief Executive of The Power to Change – working alongside communities across England to enable them to take control and shape their own futures through community business. Formerly, Vidhya has worked at independent think tank the Resolution Foundation, for NHS England, at the US Department of Health and Human Services and at the UK Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She is a governor of Hackney University Technical College.

Ed Anderton

Ed is Strategy and Policy Manager at Access Foundation which bridges the gap in the social investment market for social enterprises and charities. Ed has worked at Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading #techforgood funder, where he led their involvement in the360giving open data initiative, developed systems for their Triple Helix impact reporting process, and was principal researcher for the Nominet Trust 100.

Christine Chow

Professor Christine Chow is responsible for the financial services, technology and utilities sectors and engagement initiatives in Asia Pacific for Hermes Investment Management. She has established an MBA course on social innovation and impact investment as an adjunct associate professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and serves as a member of the Investment Sub-Committee of the London School of Economics.

Anthony Waddington

Anthony is Project Director at Participate Projects. The charity supports new and existing social ventures in disadvantaged communities, with a focus on developing partnerships with private sector organisations to deliver support. Previously, Anthony was responsible for business engagement with the Local Strategic Partnership for Bradford and has worked on private sector engagement and CSR for 15 years in London and Yorkshire.

Mona Shah

Mona is Founder, Chocolatier and Managing Director at Harry Specters, a chocolate company making a positive change in the lives of people with autism. As a chocolatier, she has won four awards, including the coveted Great Taste Award 3 star gold. She has a degree in Business and has worked in the NHS mental health service in corporate governance.

Kate Welch OBE DL

Kate is founder and CEO of Social Enterprise Acumen CI. She was awarded an OBE for services to social enterprise in the North East and was EY Entrepreneur of the Year Social award winner for the North. Kate is an associate at the University of Teesside, Trustee of the Greggs Foundation and Communities Together Durham, Director of ACEVO and a Non-Exec Director of the NE Social Investment Company.

Alastair Wilson

Alastair is CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs. Having worked extensively in the private sector, Alastair became a student of SSE in 1997. He is the co-founder and director of a Tonic Housing CIC which is developing a fresh approach to LGBT elder living and is trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Jeff Willmore

Jeff is a founding member of the Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP) with Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford – seeking to engage the social entrepreneur ecosystem in the wider community. Jeff has extensive experience in FE and HE education and has set up social enterprises for training and developing young people from socially deprived areas.

Themes & Workshops

The New Apprenticeship in Entrepreneurship

The big question: How can an entrepreneur apprentice bring fresh ideas and innovation to companies of any size?

Supporting social entrepreneurs in the health & care sector

The big question: How can we establish the place of social entrepreneurs in the health and care sector?

Connecting with Corporates

The big question: How can corporates help supporters of social entrepreneurs?

Practical tools for social entrepreneur supporters

The big question: What are free, practical and innovative tools you could be using to run a great support programme?

Learning from innovative support models from around the world

The big question: How can we share and learn from global best practices and innovations within support models?

Unleashing the potential in neighbourhoods and communities: an alternative regeneration

The big question: How can we innovate to help people in all parts of society fulfil their potential as social entrepreneurs?

Crowdfunding as a model for social entrepreneurs

The big question: How can social entrepreneurs use crowdfunding? How can supporters signpost them to the right tools?

Supporting social entrepreneurs to scale

The big question: What are the three stages of development for a scaling social enterprise?

Adding value through non-financial support

The big question: What’s worth more than money? Using non-financial support to get social entrepreneurs to the next level.

Commissioning in the era of tight purse strings

The big question: How can social entrepreneurs break through and win public sector contracts?

Burning bright or burning out

The big question: Are burn out and social entrepreneurship connected? How can we better support social entrepreneurs with their wellbeing and personal resilience?

Lessons from Buy Social

The big question: Where does the campaign go next? How can we reach more people and what can we learn from other campaigns?

The case for social entrepreneurship in higher education

The big question: Following the Autumn statement, how should we reconsider the role of student social entrepreneurship in building towards a more valuable student experience?

Inspiring the next generation

The big question: What is Young UnLtd’s experiences of supporting youth social entrepreneurship? A case study of partners, award winners and volunteers.

How partnerships evolve

The big question: How can partnerships develop to build better support for social entrepreneurship?

Building networks that work

The big question: What are the critical success factors and benefits of creating a network of other support around your programme?

The Power of Peer Mentoring

The big question: What makes a peer mentoring group successful in helping new ideas for social enterprise to grow and develop?

Connecting with customers – the importance of brand

The big question: What is branding and how can we support social entrepreneurs to create great brands?

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The Power of Peer Mentoring

What makes a peer mentoring group successful in helping new ideas for social enterprise to grow and develop?

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Adding Value through Non-Financial Support

What’s worth more than money? Using non-financial support to get social entrepreneurs to the next level?

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Practical Tools For Social Entrepreneurs

What are free, practical and innovative tools you could be using to run a great support programme?

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Connecting with customers – the importance of brand

What is branding and how can we support social entrepreneurs to create great brands?

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Crowdfunding as a model for social entrepreneurs

How can social entrepreneurs use crowdfunding? How can supporters signpost them to the right tools?

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How partnerships evolve

How can partnerships develop to build better support for social entrepreneurship?

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Inspiring the Next Generation

What is Young UnLtd’s experiences of supporting youth social entrepreneurship? A case study of partners, award winners and volunteers.

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