University’s Enterprise Club receives £50,000 to help students and staff expand social enterprises

Date 16.11.2015

​The University of Northampton’s Enterprise Club is excited to be working with UnLtd and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on the new SEE Change (Social Entrepreneurship in Education) programme.

The SEE Change programme aims to build the ability in the Higher Education sector to reach out and support greater numbers of social entrepreneurs through social leadership, systems development, and exchange of knowledge. The programme has three active strands:  regional and thematic clusters, scale and growth partnerships, and innovation partnerships.

The University of Northampton is part of the scale and growth partnerships, which is dedicated to assisting existing social enterprises to increase their social impact rapidly, and grow their turnover and profit levels. The Enterprise Club has been awarded a grant of £50,000 from UnLtd, and will be using it to offer student and staff social enterprises with the potential to scale and grow, with cash and funded places on the University’s Social Venture Builder investment readiness programme, which is scheduled to be launched in April 2015.

Dr Hiten Vyas, Enterprise Club Business Advisor, commented: “We’re thrilled to be working on the new SEE Change programme, in order to help our students and staff to expand their social enterprises. We will be working in partnership with colleagues in the School of Social Sciences, Northampton Business School and the University Centre for Employability and Engagement. We look forward to assisting social enterprises to become investment ready, so that they can pitch for larger amounts of investment in the region of £100K +.”

Find out more about the SEE Change programme