Social Venture Builder

The Social Venture Builder Programme and MA Social Innovation

Are you interested in an opportunity to build and develop your social business? If the answer is yes you would be joining a programme in which you will be making a final pitch to colleagues at Big Issue Invest.

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The Social Venture Builder (SVB) programme has been designed to offer distinctive, innovative, practical models that build skills and competence while developing investable and marketable solutions. The complex social problems all societies face require an approach that is interdisciplinary and focused on both innovation and commercialisation.

The SVB’s ‘incubator programme’ is a product of the universities continued commitment to social enterprise, social innovation and social impact. It has previously supported candidates to attract new contracts in excess of £6m and investment in excess of £500k.

The SVB works with you through a personally developed programme to develop your ideas; scale up an organisation; develop new markets; access appropriate investment and develop your networks and your leadership capacity and competence. The programme is supported by personal mentoring, business support and online resources. The Social Venture Builder can be taken as either a non-accredited CPD programme, or an academically accredited programme up to Master’s level.

The fully accredited programme is taught through workshops, assignments and project work. This is aimed ultimately at producing a sustainable social venture and gaining a Postgraduate Diploma with the option to continue onto a Master’s in Social Innovation.

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Topic areas covered include:

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  • social policy and impact marketing
  • procurement and commissioning
  • and leadership

What Are We Looking For?

We need passionate, innovative and ambitious individuals that really want to make a difference to their society. We are now calling for individuals or organisations to submit ideas that have the potential to address social problems from any sector, public, private or third. We are looking for a diverse range of social innovations, including:

  • youth justice
  • working with young people
  • health and wellbeing
  • social care
  • any innovation that will increase life opportunities for 16-24 year olds by increasing job creation
  • any innovation that works to improve the skills, wellbeing or safety of a community.

Why Us?

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The University of Northampton’s Social Venture Builder programme is the only one of its kind in the UK accredited to Post Graduate level, and has been developed within the first Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses in the U.K.

You will be working with a small group of people, supported by experts in their field providing you with confidence and skills to develop your business.

We are looking for ambitious, engaging and creative responses to social problems that exist every day in every community, led by an aspiration to change social systems and push for positive social change.

Costs and Funding

Fee structures for the SVB and MA Social Innovation are listed below. There are opportunities for all candidates to apply for part or fully funded places on the SVB programme, so make sure to ask for more information on this.

For students, staff and recent graduates of the University of Northampton, there are several other funding options available. Please contact the Social Venture Builder email for more information.

Fees for Home students: £5670
Full time fees for overseas students: £11,700

The programme is also offered as a non accredited CPD programme which is £2500.

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