Beyond the Finish Line launches in Glasgow

L to R Martin Dorchester of First Port, Reuben Chesters of Locavore, Angela Constance MSP, Dawn Barrett of Impact Arts, Liz Cameron of teh Big Lottery Fund
L to R Martin Dorchester of First Port, Reuben Chesters of Locavore, Angela Constance MSP, Dawn Barrett of Impact Arts, Liz Cameron of the Big Lottery Fund at the launch of the Beyond the Finish Line project

Vibrant social enterprise project Beyond the Finish Line has launched in Glasgow’s emerging Trongate area. Created by the partnership of Firstport and Ice Cream Architecture, the project will invite young people between 16 and 30 to apply for an incredible opportunity to launch their own social enterprises.

Funded with an award of £138,929  from the Big Lottery Fund, Beyond the Finish Line is a dynamic project that aims to use the momentum of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the imagination of Glasgow’s young people, to regenerate local areas in the community. Through this ambitious programme, budding social entrepreneurs will set up 10 social enterprises in response to challenges identified by local residents, giving new life to empty spaces around Glasgow, and contributing towards the Games Legacy vision.

Beyond the Finish Line is open to 16-30 year olds and challenges them to find social enterprise solutions to the widespread issue of high street and town centre decline. The best emerging ideas will be given one to one business support, mentoring from an industry expert, free workspace within Glasgow City centre, funding of up to £2014 and their own space to open for business during the Games.

Karen McGregor, Chief Executive, Firstport said: “Firstport is delighted to be delivering this fantastic programme and proud to be playing a part in the Games Legacy by helping young Scots to set up social enterprises in the run up and during the Commonwealth Games.  Together with our partner Ice Cream Architecture, we will support driven, creative young talent to launch social enterprise ideas that become sustainable, delivering lasting social benefits to local Glasgow areas.”

Liz Cameron Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee Member, said: “Beyond the Finish Line is an exciting project which will harness the opportunity presented by the Commonwealth Games to support Scotland’s young entrepreneurs. The Big Lottery Fund believes in funding innovation which is one of the many reasons why we have awarded almost £140,000 to turn this idea into reality.

Giving young people a platform to showcase their business ideas will boost their confidence while also developing key skills needed now and in the future. I look forward to hearing how these spaces are used creatively, playing their part in the regeneration of local Glasgow areas.”

Potential applicants between the ages of 16 and 30 can apply for the project and a place at the launch weekend, beginning tomorrow (22 February) by visiting the website.

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