It takes courage, know-how and connections to turn a good idea into real-life social innovation. The Melting Pot’s Good Ideas Academy helps founders make the leap and in this guest blog you can find out more on how to get involved.
It’s notoriously tough to turn a good idea into a new charity or social enterprise. Many founders are out on a limb with a day job to hold down, zero budget, no team members and a list of things they don’t know a mile long. Sometimes the journey to the start line is the hardest part of all.
The Melting Pot is committed to using its Good ideas Academy to unlock the potential of people with great ideas but limited resources. Many founders are inspired by direct, personal experience of the problems they want to solve or by a simple desire to apply their skills to a social issue. But passion and daydreams aren’t enough – it takes a huge leap of faith to create a new social venture and people need help.
This Autumn, we’ll support 25 people to press the start button by giving them the chance to knock their ideas into shape at our Good Ideas Camp. They’ll reflect on the problem they’re trying to address and have fun experimenting with how their solution would look in reality.
The 10 most promising founders will be supported for a further six months as our Good Ideas Class of 2017. Here they’ll have the chance to learn from leaders who have been there and done it so that they start off on the right track and by-pass some of the common pitfalls of starting a new social venture.
They’ll be schooled in the basics of marketing, finance and building a team and receive regular doses of inspiration from experienced mentors. They’ll also have the practical resources they need on tap including access to our fantastic coworking space. More than anything though they’ll benefit from having like-minded peers alongside them to share the highs and lows of their journey and to lend them courage and support.
And the support doesn’t end there – The Melting Pot is here for the long haul to nurture social innovators as they build and grow what they are doing and to keep connecting people and projects so that together we make the most difference possible.
Apply to the Good Ideas Academy but be quick applications close on Sunday October 16, 2016