Alora

Social entrepreneurs among the university’s staff and student population could receive financial backing for their enterprise activities after a new partnership was announced.

The University of Cambridge has been chosen as one of the 56 partner higher education institutions for the UnLtd HE support programme offering grants and tailored support to selected social entrepreneurs at each institution.

Cambridge will be finding, funding and supporting emerging social entrepreneurs following the announcement of £30,000 worth of funding from UnLtd HE Support.

UnLtd is the leading national provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. The aim of the UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Awards scheme at the University is to develop the expertise, skills, knowledge base and business support structures for staff and students to get involved in setting up and scaling up social enterprise activity.

The University of Cambridge has been chosen as one of the 56 partner higher education institutions for the UnLtd HE support programme offering grants and tailored support to selected social entrepreneurs at each institution.

The Public Engagement team, the Cambridge Hub, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (based at Judge Business School) and the University Careers Services are working together to offer the UnLtd Social Entrepreneurs Awards scheme in 2012-2013.

Support for staff and students who are interested will include consultations and advice from local partners; participation in mentoring networks; and workshops, training and networking events offered through the Social Entrepreneurship Awards programme. As part of the scheme, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning is to run a 12-hour 'Starting a New Enterprise' course to support social entrepreneurs in developing business models.

For staff and students with ideas for a social enterprise that could benefit from support, training and funding opportunities, an information session is being held on Wednesday 7th November from 18:30 to 20:00 at the Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Speakers will present existing student social enterprises, including Alora, which sells handmade bespoke dresses and contributes to the training of women including those with disabilities, in Vietnam.

There will also be speakers from the local social enterprise sector, and information provided on the forthcoming support and award scheme. Students, staff and representatives of the local social enterprise and voluntary sector are invited to find out more via the website or book your place.


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