First steps In Social Enterprise


 Free support for social entrepreneurs from migrant backgrounds or people with a business idea for a social enterprise that will benefit both migrants/ minorities and the wider community.

First Steps In Social Enterprise is a FREE opportunity to meet successful social enterprises, such as the Stepping Stones Community Nursery and Impact Diversions, and sector specialists at the launch event for an exciting new twelve week programme.


Who is it for?

  • People from migrant backgrounds with a social enterprise idea
  • People with a social enterprise idea that is migrant/minority led or benefitting


Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, London SW9 7PH


12th June 2012, 12.00 until 5pm

How do I book?

or call 0207 688 8020


This event is FREE

More about the day:  

Workshop 1: Introduction to First Steps In Social Enterprise

A taster session on the key elements that need to be in place for a successful social enterprise and an opportunity hear about our 10 week programme.  First Steps in Social Enterprise will help you systematically map the mission-critical areas of your business plan, engaging practical tools, legal and financial knowledge, and business theory to support your social enterprise


Workshop 2: The Problem Tree and the business model canvas

The Problem Tree is a 45 minute, interactive discussion on the social problems which most affect local residents. This workshop begins with an open discussion around social problems in Lambeth, finding common ground and ends thinking briefly about common solutions.

The business model canvas is a 45 minute discussion around how local residents have the solutions to solve these problems. Participants will then visually draw out their ideas for social change on a one page canvas which will be displayed around the room.


Workshop 3: Principle Six- Turn contacts into contracts

Do you want to develop your trading contacts? Do you want to meet other social entrepreneurs? Do you want to share your experiences?  Do you have something you want to tell the world?

Workshop 4: What does a housing association look for in a tender?  

What does it take to win a contract with a housing association or similar organisation? What will the competition look like? What do I need to demonstrate competence, and what reassurance will they look for? What policies and procedures does my organisation need?


*  Lunch and refreshments will also be provided *


This initial workshop is an opportunity to find out how to apply for the 12 week First Steps in Social Enterprise programme. Find out more about the programme here.

First Steps in Social Enterprise is part of a partnership project delivered by Olmec and the Young Foundation and funded by Metropolitan Migration Foundation