Social Ark Step Up Programme

Aged 18-30? Live or work in East London? Have an idea to change your community for the better? We want to hear from you!

Our 12-month fully-funded programme, sponsored by The Social Investment Business, is specifically designed to support determined young people to use their lived experiences to develop social enterprises and community projects.

We value lived experience, drive, dedication and passion over formal qualifications. All entrepreneurial ideas in line with our values are welcome. We encourage applications from individuals from all backgrounds, including ex-offenders, care leavers, carers and others with the lived experiences of the inequalities they seek to change.

included in this fully-funded programme:

  • 25 half-day learning workshops

  • Weekend team building trip

  • £1000 start-up grant

  • Corporate & specialised mentors

  • 1:1 weekly catch up sessions

  • Support to pilot your idea

  • Help to access funding

  • Monthly networking events

  • Tailored additional support if needed

Is this programme right for me?

This programme could be right for you if you are:

  • Aged 18-30yrs & connected to East London

  • Have an idea for a social business or project

  • Passionate about community change

  • Can commit to the full learning programme (September 2019 - September 2020)

Interested? What next?

Applications to join our September 2019 cohort are now open! Scroll down to find out more!

It’s been great being part of Social Ark. I never thought this idea would come to light, and although I’ve still got a long way to go, I’m willing to put that work in and make it happen. I really appreciate the ongoing support and guidance that I know is there for me, and I look forward to being part of the Continued Personal Development programme and Social Ark family.
— Syderita Vaka, Social Ark entrepreneur
Our entrepreneurs and @PrincesTrust presenting @Sandroscakery stunning cake!

Our entrepreneurs and @PrincesTrust presenting @Sandroscakery stunning cake!

Social Ark’s contributions to the 2018 #WhoKnew campaign!

Social Ark’s contributions to the 2018 #WhoKnew campaign!

Social Ark CIC entrepreneur Moses Adeyemi delivering a community fitness session!

Social Ark CIC entrepreneur Moses Adeyemi delivering a community fitness session!

Social Ark is very special to me. They have supported me through tough times, and now my business is in a better place. I access continued support and have collaborated with them
on co-designed projects. I also wholeheartedly believe in giving back and championing the organisation that has been there for me. I peer-mentor new members and am a proud member of the Youth Advisory Board.
— Moses Adeyemi, Social Ark entrepreneur
 
Social Ark CIC delivering a workshop on social entrepreneurship in partnership with HMP Brixton!

Social Ark CIC delivering a workshop on social entrepreneurship in partnership with HMP Brixton!

One of our specialist mentors having a 1:1 with Social Ark CIC entrepreneur Milka Fisiha!

One of our specialist mentors having a 1:1 with Social Ark CIC entrepreneur Milka Fisiha!

The Social Ark family in Barclays, Canary Wharf!

The Social Ark family in Barclays, Canary Wharf!

Social Ark has given me the unconditional support needed to take my enterprise to the
next plateau. I came to them with a messy business model and found the structure and the professional etiquette that my enterprise needed. Social Ark helped me to grow and become a competent social entrepreneur that can not only deliver impact, I can measure and prove it too. As an entrepreneur, I’ve realised that my industry is all about building genuine relationships, which I have found at Social Ark; so much so that the conversations I have with everyone there go way beyond business. The programme will end but the family won’t.
— Reuben Braithwaite, Social Ark entrepreneur

How do I apply?

Applications for our September 2019 cohort are now closed!

Thank you so much to everyone that applied to the 2019 Social Ark Step Up programme. The latest cohort to join the Social Ark family will be announced soon!

If you are a young person who wants to create change in your local community and have an idea for a social business, we would love to hear from you. To register your interest, please click the button below.