Grow It Award

You’re a social entrepreneur creating compelling impact and you want to scale.

The Grow It Award is for social entrepreneurs looking to scale their venture providing tailored support, access to workshops and networks, and up to £15,000 cash. This Award has replaced our Fast Growth and Build It Awards, combining our experience of helping social entrepreneurs achieve scale.

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ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR READY TO SCALE YOUR SOCIAL VENTURE?

ABOUT YOU

 
  • You have identified a social issue and developed a business model that works to solve it
  • You have already achieved a compelling performance in your venture
  • You are committed to delivering local, regional or national social impact at scale and have a track record of creating social impact.
  • You are experienced, ambitious and capable of growing your venture
  • You have a realistic growth plan to scale nationally or internationally
  • You are committed to working full time in your social venture

ABOUT YOUR VENTURE

 
  • Your venture is ideally less than 5 years old
  • Your venture is dynamic and has been running for at least one year
  • Your venture is ready to grow to local, regional or national scale and has a logical and appropriate plan to deliver this
  • You have a compelling performance to date and/or a logical and appropriate plan for rapid growth to reach local, regional or national scale
  • Your principle objective for the year ahead is not to secure (significant) investment
  • Your venture targets beneficiaries predominantly based in the UK
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WHAT WE OFFER

 
  • 12 months mentoring and tailored support from an Award Manager, providing advice on operations and governance to replication and growth strategies
  • £15K Award to grow your venture, which can include personal expenses to allow you to work full time on your venture
  • Expert advice including access to workshops and master classes
  • Connections including to investors, corporate partners and other successful entrepreneurs, helping you develop your networks

AWARD CRITERIA

 
We support individuals who are:
  • Aged 16 or over and living in the UK
  • The founder of the venture/organisation
  • Beneficiaries must be UK based
Ideas and ventures are not eligible for an Award if they:
  • Are part of your paid employment
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Are mainly for people to achieve academic qualifications

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Previous Year’s Winners

This Award replaced our Fast Growth and Build It Awards, taking the best of both to help social entrepreneurs grow their social impact.

Below are some of our previous Fast Growth winners.

Meet the 2015 Award Winners
Meet the 2014 Award Winners

The Grow It Application Round for 2017/18 is now open

Throughout the year we have opportunities for social entrepreneurs to apply to UnLtd for an Award. You can submit an Expression of Interest at any time. Should your Expression of Interest pass our initial assessment you will be sent further application documents to complete along with a detailed breakdown of the application process. Below are the key dates for 2017/18:

Winter

Expressions of Interest received on or before: 13th November 2017
Final submission date for application documents: 5th January 2018
Final decision meeting week commencing: 26 February 2018

Summer

Expressions of Interest received on or before: 27th March 2018
Final submission date for application documents: 24th April 2018
Final decision meeting week commencing: 25th June 2018
The application button will take you through to the portal where you will be asked to register an account and apply. Please note, the above dates are subject to change.
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