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  • Firstport LaunchMe - social enterprise accelerator

    Created: 02/11/2021

    Firstport's LaunchMe programme is Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator. It prepares ambitious social enterprises and community organisations for growth so they can achieve social impact at scale. The programme selects a cohort of up to eight ambitious organisations each year to prepare them for growth and help them secure investment.

    The cohort will work together from April to November 2022 to get investment-ready. This includes:

    • Regular group sessions (online or in-person) delivered by sector experts covering areas needed to get investment ready.
    • One-to-one check-ins with your business advisor to track progress, discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions.
    • Peer support with others on a similar journey, and you will help each other to overcome challenges.
    • Connections- The LaunchMe team will help you identify potential sources of investment and will support you in connecting with those sources.
    • Seed funding- LaunchMe offers a repayable grant to enable your business to kick-start your growth plans. This may entail investing in technology, hiring new staff, or developing whatever your business needs in preparation for scaling up.

    Who can apply?

    Social and community enterprises looking to scale.

    How to apply?

    Apply online via Firstport's website.

    When to apply?

    The deadline for application is 12:00 on 17 January 2022.

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