LaunchMe: Scotland’s Social Enterprise Accelerator

LaunchMe: Scotland’s Social Enterprise Accelerator
Firstport
26.03.14

LaunchMe Overview

We are delighted to introduce LaunchMe, Scotland’s first accelerator programme for ambitious, early stage social enterprises delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s agency for start up social enterprises, in partnership with Converge Challenge and Imani Financial Solutions.

LaunchMe is an intensive programme specifically designed for early stage, ambitious social enterprises looking for capital and support to scale their business and increase their social impact.  Over the next 3 years, LaunchMe will connect a selective cohort of 15 social enterprises with the resources, advice, networks and investment they need to grow and succeed.  LaunchMe will attract new investors to the social enterprise sector and will help build a pipeline for social investment in Scotland.  LaunchMe is an initiative of the Big Lottery Fund and Social Investment Scotland, designed to grow the social investment market in Scotland. 

This pack contains everything you need to know about LaunchMe and about #Onamission- our recruitment campaign to attract participants to the programme. The pack explains how you can help us promote it to your customers and networks.  The content is ready to be shared through a variety of channels, this will help us maintain consistency and ensure that potential applicants receive the right messages about the programme.

Why we need your help

From similar initiatives we know that the best way to find the most suitable applicants is direct referrals from partner organisations.  You work with enterprises on a day to day basis and will likely know of one, two or more social enterprises that meet the eligibility criteria and will be at the right stage to take advantage of this opportunity. We all want to see social enterprises grow and succeed so we believe that it is in the wider interest of the social/enterprise sector to signpost customers to initiatives which will strengthen their propositions and drive them to success.

How you can help us

• Share the ready to use content through your website, news pages, newsletters and blogs
• Use social media to shout about the programme and key dates to your customers and wider networks
• Encourage applications directly from specific social enterprises you think should take part in LaunchMe
• Invite potential participants to attend a LaunchMe road show

We thank you for your support in promoting this exciting and pioneering programme.  For any queries about this pack or if you require further materials, contact: Maria Ashley, Marketing & Communications Manager: maria@firstport.org.uk or 0131 220 0511.

For full details see http://www.senscot.net/docs/LaunchMe.docx