Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face a wide range of barriers to entrepreneurship.
Grassroots leaders are filled with passion and enthusiasm - and have creative ideas about how to combat problems and inspire people in their communities.
But they also face a wide range of barriers to entrepreneurship - from low confidence to lack of education. Many doubt they could develop or lead an enterprise.
Social Ark CIC offers tailored support to raise confidence and teach the skills needed to transform ideas into real social businesses.
Social Ark Step Up Programme
Aged 16-30? Live or work in East London?
Have an idea to change your community for the better? If so, we want to hear from you!
Our 12-month programme is specifically designed to support hard to reach young people to use their lived experiences to develop social enterprises.
We value passion, drive and determination. No formal qualifications required! We welcome all projects and ideas that are in line with our values and encourage applications from all backgrounds including ex-offenders and service users.
20 half-day learning workshops
Specialist mentor in your chosen field
Corporate business mentor
1:1 weekly catch up sessions
Off site visits and away days
Support to pilot your project
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:
Based in East London
Have an idea for a social business
Passionate to make change in your community
Can commit to the full learning programme (April 2018-April 2019)
Interested? What next?
The deadline for our April 2018 intake has now closed. However please do get in contact with us if you are interested in being part of our 2019 cohort!
How do I apply?
The deadline for our 2018 cohort has now closed...
However, 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 for our 2019 cohort please click on the link below.