iSE’s FUSE start-up programme now open — new online delivery from June

iSE provides new-start social entrepreneurs with support and development opportunities to build sustainable social enterprises.

Its FUSE programme is for near-trade or early-start stage social entrepreneurs in the West Midlands that want to fast-track their idea, grow networks, develop collaborative opportunities and develop sustainable social businesses that create measurable impact. The programme is fully-funded and delivered in group-led sessions through practical masterclasses and peer support.

The programme runs for 6 months and provides:

  • Monthly masterclasses covering key elements of start-up coaching.
  • Mentoring.
  • Peer support.
  • Access to opportunities, developing sector connections and networks.


The June 2020 FUSE programme is open to applications now. Applications close on the 5th June and the programme will begin on 16th June 2020.

Focus for 2020 will be start-up social enterprises in the health, social care and wellbeing fields and in particular applicants that want to develop solutions to the Covid-19 crisis. We want to support individuals and groups with ideas that innovate and address the needs of people and communities as we emerge into our ‘new’ world.

Applicants will need to prove they have the makings of a sustainable social enterprise including income generation through trading rather than relying on grant funding.

The programme normally operates face-to-face but in response to the coronavirus crisis has been adapted to virtual sessions using Zoom. It will be delivered in six sessions over six months, the majority taking place on Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm (exact time tbc).

How to apply

Request an application form by email from Elizabeth Forrester

 In your application you will need to show clearly:

  • What your social enterprise will do
  • Your strategy for income generation
  • Your desire to be a CIC or a ‘social enterprise’
  • How you will achieve social impact


More about the FUSE programme.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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