Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs

Project information

Index: 1088R4
Acronym:MESSE
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location UNITED KINGDOM SOUTH EAST Winchester Hampshire and Isle of Wight Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2009
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

To create or conserve employment, to practically facilitate or enable social enterpreneurship, to improve social cohesion/inclusion

Good Practice Information

The Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs is a year-long programme that social entrepreneurs attend for approximately one day per month. The programme provides bespoke training, mentoring and support to support budding social entrepreneurs to set up their business successfully.
Students do not require any academic qualifications to attend the course, just a great idea for a sustainable social enterprise, and the passion and determination to make it happen.

Evidence of success

Creation of 36 new social enterprises. Brought in over £450k of external investment. Many of the social enterprises set up have worked with those who are legally or financially excluded. Many of the students have their own stories of exclusion, and this is what motivates them.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Kirsty Rowlinson

Community Action Hampshire

kirsty.rowlinson@actionhants.org.uk

www.the-sse.org/schools/7/hampshire

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