BIG support for social innovation

Twelve of Scotland’s new non-profit organisations have been selected for the 2012-13 Social Innovation Incubator Awards, designed and co-ordinated by The Melting Pot, Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation.

The awardees include a company that aims to increase the physical activity levels of staff in the workplace, a company that develops the IT skills of older users and a social enterprise that will support people disadvantaged by disability and long term health issues to set up micro businesses as a way back into the workplace.

As one of the partners in the awards, BIG Scotland is proud to be involved in this innovative programme which will provide the 12 award winners with a support package for business start-ups worth around £10,000 over a 12-month period. The pick ‘n’ mix menu of support ranges from legal, HR and accountancy advice to marketing and IT strategy and business coaching. Here at BIG we will be providing all awardees with a funding workshop which will give them hints and tips for submitting a future application. This will be followed by an opportunity for each awardee to discuss their project idea on a 1-2-1 basis with our information team.

The Managing Director of The Melting Pot, Claire Carpenter, said: “We’re delighted with the way this new, innovative programme of support has worked out. We’re supporting 12 fantastic social change organisations during the difficult start-up stages. We know what they need – we’ve been there ourselves. So, we’ve leveraged more than £100,000 worth of very practical support from trusted and recommended advisors who all want to see the next generation of social-change makers succeed.”

BIG is one of a number of organisations supporting this year’s Social Innovation Incubator Awards. A full list of partners and supports can be found here 

A full list of award winners and their project ideas can be found here

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