Calling All ‘Social Entrepreneuers’

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Birmingham City University is looking to award students, recent graduates and staff keen on becoming ‘social entrepreneurs’. Funding is now available for social entrepreneurs; people who have an idea which will make a difference to the community, people’s lives or the environment. All ideas (big or small) are welcome to develop the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

For the second year running, the University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship team within the Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) department will be helping individuals make a difference as part of the UK’s UnLtd Higher Education Support Programme. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship team is highly experienced in supporting enterprise, and this new programme adds to the portfolio of enterprise and entrepreneurship support available within the University.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship team is highly experienced in supporting enterprise, and this new programme adds to the portfolio of enterprise and entrepreneurship support available within the University.

Hilda Burke, a Birmingham City University HE Support programme award winner said: “The HE Support programme has really helped me to get my social enterprise, the Accounting in House Mentoring Programme (AIM), off the ground and helped me to empower members of my local community. Without the support from the University I would have struggled to get this off the ground. The team has given me the confidence to make the project a success!”

Michele Mooney, Director of RIE at Birmingham City University said: “I am delighted that Birmingham City University continues to be chosen as a university partner in the UnLtd/HEFCE HE Support Programme. We appreciate how this enables us to support our entrepreneurial students and graduates who want to set up enterprises that have a social mission and contribute to society.

“Many of our students come from and stay in the region after graduating and so their social entrepreneurship is an emerging important contribution to Birmingham and the city-region. This supports our ambition to be the university for a Greater Birmingham.”

Professor Mary Carswell, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, added: “The social enterprise sector contributes 24 billion-pounds to the UK economy with over one million jobs. Our involvement with UnLtd has helped to raise the awareness of our students and graduates about this thriving sector of the economy and is supporting them in making a real difference to society whilst also carving out a successful career.”

For further information or to apply for funding, please contact the Innovation and Entrepreneurship team on enterprise@bcu.ac.uk or 0121 331 5252.

 

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Niku (Nabaneet) Dutta has done his under-graduation in Computer Science and post-graduation in MBA (Dual) - Marketing & Personnel Management. Niku creates value for companies by identifying the profit opportunities of this new age while guiding professionals through today's ever-evolving new media markets, practices and challenges. He is currently pursuing his 2nd master in Future Media Pro & Digital Communications (MSc) from Birmingham City University.
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