We believe in Social Impact made by women
Make a Wave Incubator returns in a new format, supporting 250 aspiring women social entrepreneurs.
Make a Wave is a start-up readiness programme that will give 250 women globally, foundation skills to think about social enterprise, design a business model that will postively impact on people and planet, and get a great peer-to-peer network.Current live programmes are taking place in Manchester and London. For Glasgow and Leads, please express your interest here.
Many thanks to our supporters
- Up to 250 women are enrolled in the programme.
- Selected participants attend a business skills bootcamp in cities over the UK. A "bootcamp" involves live coaching to establish foundation competences for social enterprise, networking, communication, vision, branding and fundraising.
- Current cities involved are Manchester and London. Further cities will come up later in the year.
- 6 live mentoring webinars with amazing entrepreneurs and business professionals.
- 25 women will be selected to go through a crowdfunding challenge.
- You will be referred to grant funders and other organisations backing social entrepreneurs in your city.
- Five ventures will get financial prizes alongside further mentoring.
- you are a woman living in, OR representing a third sector organisation based in one of the cities where the programme will be delivered;
- you are 18 years or older;
- you are committed to attend the business skills bootcamp in your city, the 6 webinars and the 3 networking events;
- You are prepared for Ogunte to share your details with our funders.
- You agree to help promote women-led social enterprise during and after the programme if reasonably requested.
- you are willing to actively participate on the programme - in addition to the taught elements, the 250 Future Women Social Entrepreneurs' programme gives participants the chance to learn from and support each other, and we expect everyone on the programme to share the difficulties or challenges facing their venture.
This programme is for you if:
- you have never led a social enterprise, and wants to create one OR
- your third sector organisation wants to consider trading as a social enterprise OR
- you've been involved in a campaign, a charity, or a voluntary group for several years but have never received any formal training, or never formally led a social enterprise yourself OR
- you are currently involved in a pilot or you want to start working on a social enterprise pilot or campaign, OR
- you are working in a private company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, or a private foundation and you are thinking of "spinning off" or launching your own social enterprise, OR
- you are aspiring to start a social enterprise related module at university;
NB: If you are accepted, there's a one-off non refundable enrolment fee of £20 only.nb: We aim to equip women from diverse economic backgrounds, age and ethnicities to break silos as well as encourage learning and open innovation. We have seen that it generates better results when these groups are mixed.
- Entrepreneurs who have already started to trade and developed fully functionning teams/social enterprises.
- Entrepreneurs who have already received funding (£5000 +) from programmes such as UnLtd or the Big Lottery), in their current setting. (Because you have managed to get through their selection process, you are great!)
- Male future social entrepreneurs (sorry!)
- There is a one off, non refundable enrolment fee of £20.
- You need to have access to an internet connection and computer (with sound!) to be able to participate to the webinars. There is no fee to pay to connect to the webinar on line.
- Travel bursaries to and from the bootcamps and to and from the networking events are not available. Try to share transport as much as you can.
- 15 October 2013 - 15 December 2013: Application with quick online expression of interest and commitment of participation
- 5th February 2014: Induction teleconference to answer questions about the programme, align expectations and share objectives.
- March 2014: Business Skills Bootcamps take place in each city. (A bootcamp is a 1 day session - 9am to 4pm)
- March - June 2014: 6 online mentoring webinars and tutorial support (webinars take place at lunchtime and are recorded)
- April through August 2014: Crowdfunding challenges
- April through September 2014: Three local networking events per city
- September 2014: Selection 5 prizes and start mentoring
- January to December 2014: available tutorial, coaching support & peer-to-peer support through internet networking forum. Resources will still be made available and peer to peer networks to be maintained beyond the programme.
Check the event calendar here for the webinars, the bootcamps and the networking events. Page updated every week
- Note your progress on your impact journal
- Share your learning and your thoughts on the programme’s blog and with other participants
- Give a quick feedback on-line after each session (business confidence, competence and connections)
- Have a go at the crowdfunding campaign and nurture your network.
- Win a micro-loan and/or compete for future grant funding or investment via our programme partners
- Manchester | Jo McGrath | Enterprise Stuff Ltd
- Bristol | Helen Farmer | Voice By Volume
- Leeds | Katie Brown | Connected WellBeing
- Norwich | Erika Watson | Greenwell Consulting | Prowess 2.0
- Glasgow | Karen Birch | The 3rdi Magazine | Wise-Net.co.uk & Eileen Inglis at Scotland Unltd.
- Speakers and mentors: We invite business professionals and serial social entrepreneurs on the calls, funding organisations representatives and angels, to provide tailored mentoring through webinars.
- Facilitators, regional partners, and social entrepreneurs are specifically enrolled to coach you and inspire you during the business bootcamps and the networking events.
Read here about the history of Make a Wave and some of our previous speakers and mentors
We run a directory that lists over 350 of talented women related to social and environmental change, women of all age, from diverse backgrounds and diverse occupations, amazing role-models and reference for aspiring women social entrepreneurs.More on gains and findings: Make a Wave II report event with the Royal Society of Arts.