iSE runs a number of different FUSE social enterprise start-up programmes throughout the year. The programmes are for people who want to develop a business that is financially sustainable but also (and importantly) delivers a strong and measurable social impact.
The Fuse is for social entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers near trade or at early-start stage that want to fast-track their social enterprise, grow networks, develop collaborative opportunities and develop sustainable businesses that create social impact.
What to expect
iSE will work intensively over a period of 5 months, supporting you through group pow-wow sessions which will be practical and focused around developing your social enterprise.
Topics covered include the business model canvas, developing a robust social mission, building a community and networks, social media and marketing, understanding numbers, funding and alternative social finance, social impact and developing your pitch.
Sessions will take place every other Tuesday from September through to January. Timings are TBC. There may be other events that fall outside of the programme that you can attend, and these events may be shared with people from other programmes.
FUSE doesn’t happen by itself and iSE works with a number of funders and sponsors who understand the power that social enterprise can have in changing lives and communities. Because of this sponsorship, The Fuse programme is free for you.
You will be receiving the equivalent of £1,500 of valuable business support. FUSE programmes are always oversubscribed and it is impossible to bring in “substitutes” later. iSE therefore asks that participants agree to attend all sessions and complete the programme.
FUSE is a programme that grows, changes and learns and you will be asked to help with this. iSE will ask you to fill in simple evaluation sheets at the end of each session and at least once in every programme an iSE team member will ring you to check how things are going.
If you want to be part of the FUSE programme you must complete an application form by the closing date of the 22nd August 2018. If shortlisted you’ll be invited for an interview (in person or by Skype).
iSE is a social enterprise itself that has been trading successfully and supporting the social business sector in Birmingham and the West Midlands for the past 15 years and its small team led by CEO Sarah Crawley is passionate about how the value created by social enterprise can drive change in our local communities.
iSE looks forward to working with you and wishes applicants every success.