The social enterprise sector in Scotland is a rich and varied landscape, so it’s often hard to know where to look to find the appropriate support, or even who does what.
That’s why Community Enterprise teamed up with social enterprise creative agency BOLD to produce the Social Enterprise Ecosystem, a comprehensive map of support, funding, information, mentoring and networking.
The Ecosystem is colour-coded for ease of navigation and has five distinct categories: Development, Finance, Learning, Networking, and Policy & Info.
Around the edges of the Ecosystem are common entry points, designed to make reading and navigating the map an effective way for social entrepreneurs to determine their next move, depending on what stage their enterprise is at.
These common entry points include ‘an individual with an idea’, where the map guides the user towards support agencies such as Social Enterprise Academy (which delivers learning and development programmes) and business support agency Firstport (which offers startup funding and advice on business plans etc).
Other entry points include ‘sustain or grow your enterprise’, for those looking to increase capacity, and ‘winning contracts’ for those looking to take their first steps into the procurement process.