The University of Northampton is involved with many enterprise initiatives and is always looking at the potential for future opportunities. Our current initiatives are:
Inspire2Enterprise is a support service for the social enterprise sector providing information, specialist advice, training, consulting, coaching and mentoring to new and existing social enterprises and social entrepreneurs throughout the UK and Ireland. For further information or to find out how Inspire2Enterprise can help you visit the main Inspire2Enterprise page.
Higher Education Support Initiative
Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing movement within the Higher Education (HE) sector and the University of Northampton is a pioneering partner for the UnLtd and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) HE Support Initiative. The University is working with UnLtd to further develop a support structure that continues to put social entrepreneurship at the heart of the institution, as well as giving staff and students the chance to start up a social venture. The University is also one of 54 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England to partner with UnLtd on this initiative to embed a culture of social entrepreneurship within the institution and across the HE sector. The final list of all selected HEI partners can be viewed at UnLtd.
The Dialogue Café
The Dialogue Café is a global, non profit initiative that uses high end video conferencing technology to enable video conversations between diverse groups of people from around the world – enabling people to share their experiences, learn from each other and collaborate.
Goodwill Solutions is a logistics business and a University of Northampton social enterprise partner, enabling ex-offenders to get back into mainstream society through work programmes.
Balloon Kenya strives to defeat poverty through entrepreneurship – by teaming up young people from the UK with young people from Kenya in order to create new businesses – the aim of which is to provide jobs and improve lives.
The Northampton Centre for Learning Behaviour
The Northampton Centre for Learning Behaviour (NCfLB) is part of the Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Northampton, where it functions as a social enterprise. The focus of its activity is on social and emotional aspects of learning and behaviour and the promotion of educational inclusion. NCfLB has a significant portfolio of existing consultancy activity, undertaken on an international scale for major agencies and for national government departments.
Formerly Behaviour4Learning, Behaviour2Learn is part of the Faculty of Education and Humanities at the University of Northampton, where it functions as a social enterprise. It exists to support the development of positive behaviour in classrooms and schools and provides practical resources and information for trainee teachers, newly qualified teachers and those in the early phase of their career development.
Bag in Bag
Bag in Bag enables students to gain valuable experience in running a business whilst studying for their degree. The product is an in-bag organiser designed to keep all essential items together and easy to find in a hand bag, as well as making transferring all of those items from one handbag to another much easier.
Enterprise4Corby is a free service for Corby which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the University of Northampton. Following on from the successful Enterprise Coaching programme, our aim is to continue to nurture a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship within the local community of Corby.
Big Bonanza is a unique initiative focused on generating new and growing existing socially innovative ideas. Big Bonanza is open to members of staff, students and recent graduates of the University of Northampton, who are invited to come forward and submit their ideas on how to tackle social inequalities. There are three levels of awards available to individuals to develop their social enterprise ideas and access funding and contracts. For more information on how you can get involved please visit The Enterprise Club page.
Pro Bono Advice Clinic
The Pro Bono Advice Clinic is aimed at people who live or work in Northampton and the surrounding areas who cannot otherwise access or afford legal advice. Students and law staff from the University of Northampton provide professional knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the community – offered at no cost to the client.
Run as a social enterprise with the support of the University of Northampton and Northampton Volunteering Centre, Healthwatch Northamptonshire provides information on local health and social care services and signposts people to where they can get the right help and support.
The Forest School tackles the lack of access to play spaces and the natural environment by allowing children to learn within a safe and natural, woodland environment. Forest@UN can be used by local education establishments free of charge, while students at the University of Northampton can undertake volunteering work.