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HE Social Entrepreneurship Awards
BIG Launches £3.6 Million Jubilee People's Millions Fund
YOU NOODLE - Social Network for Entrepreneurs
Training and events for South West
Extraordinary Ones UK
Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning
The social investment business that administer the Big society social fund
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HE Social Entrepreneurship Awards


Open to applications


Financial assistance is available to help Higher Education Institutions across England support and promote social enterprise.

Value Notes

Two levels of award are available:

Catalyst Awards worth up to £5,000 to start and develop a new project.
Development Awards worth a further £15,000 to take an existing project "to the next level".

Extended Description

The HE Social Entrepreneurship Awards programme is provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in partnership with UnLtd.

Grants are available to help HEFCE-funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) promote and support social entrepreneurship. Funding can be used to develop the HEI's skills, knowledge base and business support structures, as well as carrying out projects that use social enterprise principals to tackle Higher Education-related problems.

Two types of grant are available:

Catalyst Awards - to aid the start up of new social enterprise-based projects.
Development Awards - to scale up existing social enterprise projects and take them to the next level.
Receipt of a Catalyst Award <span>does not</span> automatically entitle the applicant to a Development Award - the two grants are not necessarily connected and have different eligibility criteria and application processes.

Latest Information

The application window for Development Awards is currently closed.

Bids for Catalyst Awards can be made at any time.

Key Criteria

Applications are invited from staff or students from a HEI supported by the HEFCE - for a full alphabetical list of eligible institutions, visit the HEFCE website (

Projects must be supported by at least one referee who is a senior member of staff at the applying HEI, for example, a Head of Department or Head of School.

Development Awards Specific Criteria

Projects must:

Demonstrate a viable business case.
Show there is a clear social need for the work.
Usually have been in operation for at least 12 months.
Provide evidence of its social, economic and environmental impact to date.
Be sustainable in the long-term.

Eligible Expenditure

<span>Catalyst Awards</span>

Project costs only.
<span>Development Awards</span>

Costs associated with extending existing projects, including living expenses for the person leading the project.


<span>General Restrictions</span>

Awards cannot be used for:

General course or curriculum development.
Feasibility studies.
Projects where the majority of beneficiaries will not be from the UK.
<span>Catalyst Awards</span>

Cannot be used to pay for course fees and bursaries.

Application Procedure

Applications for Catalyst Awards can be submitted on a rolling basis - decisions are usually made with 6-8 weeks.

Applications for Development Awards are usually held in two funding rounds per year. Organisations are initially asked to submit an expression of interest, with only shortlisted bidders invited to complete full applications and attend an interview to discuss their project in greater depth.

Contact the relevant regional office at UnLtd for further information.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:

Rhiannon Horsley


123 Whitecross Street





020 7566 1475


Email contact

Contact details:

Lauren Croll


123 Whitecross Street





0121 766 4570


Email contact

Contact details:

Sarah Yorke


123 Whitecross Street





0127 475 0630


Email contact

BIG Launches £3.6 Million Jubilee People's Millions Fund

The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), in partnership with ITV, will award 60 Lottery grants to community projects across the UK to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Four projects in each of the 15 ITV regional news areas will receive grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 for new community-based activities that will inspire and improve local communities.

In June 2011, shortlisted projects will be featured on ITV regional news, after which the public will be invited to vote on which projects should receive funding.

Successful organisations will be expected to have projects up and running by February 2012 in order to maximise opportunities for promotion during the Diamond Jubilee Year.

Applications are accepted from the following organisations:

Voluntary and community groups.
Local authorities.
Statutory health bodies.
Social enterprises.

Anna Southall, vice chair of BIG, said:

“The Jubilee People’s Millions is a fantastic opportunity to call on the strength of British community spirit to create projects that make a real difference.

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to think about what they could do with £60,000 of Lottery money in their local area with the benefits being reaped during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.”

The deadline for applications is 04 February 2011. For more information or to apply please click here (



YouNoodle develops innovative ways to bring together the information, people and technology that help startups succeed.

We provide a platform for so far 50 of the world's top university entrepreneurship clubs and competitions, serving tens of thousands of members and thousands of startups. Our tools help to effectively manage business competitions, events, mailing lists and community development. If you run a group and would like to join the platform apply and we'll get in touch.

Startup Predictor is the first in a series of decision-making tools YouNoodle plans to introduce for the startup industry. Our development team studied thousands of current and past startups, using both publicly available and proprietary data, to determine patterns of predictive factors for early-stage companies' success.

YouNoodle is based in San Francisco, California.

Training and events for South West

Extraordinary Ones UK

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It's simple yet extraordinary

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Company Overview:

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To end world hunger


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Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning

Basic Info


Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning


Organizations - Academic Organizations


The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) was launched on 1st September 2003 with a mission to "Spread the Spirit of Enterprise" by providing educational activities to inspire and build skills in the practice of entrepreneurship.

The CfEL is a not-for-profit organisation based at Judge Business School, one of the departments of the University of Cambridge's School of Technology.

Aims and Values

1. Focus on the practice of entrepreneurship

2. Unlock the entrepreneurial potential of individuals

3. Respond to the needs of students, departments and colleges within the University of Cambridge

4. Share best practice with the wider community through networks and collaboration

5. Access and develop networks to enable entrepreneurial ambitions to be realised

6. Build a great team of teachers, mentors and facilitators

7. Deliver excellence

CfEL's programmes range from elective modules in University of Cambridge undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to open programmes for aspiring entrepreneurs such as Enterprise Tuesday, Ignite and Enterprisers.

Contact Info




Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning


10 Trumpington Street

Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB2 1QA

Recent News


1. Latest podcast: Dr Shai Vyakarnam comments on the UK government's bid for social enterprises to take the place of public sector services . . . is the 'Enterprise Society' a myth or a reality?

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The social investment business that administer the Big society social fund:

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