A project which gives students the opportunity to win up to £5,000 for their enterprising ideas has been launched at Edge Hill University.

The Un Ltd social enterprise project has been created as part of Edge Hill University’s partnership with the charitable organisation UN Ltd and funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

It supports budding social entrepreneurs with start-up funds and advice to help develop business concepts that can have a long term positive effect on society. Projects can be awarded between £100 and £5,000 if ideas demonstrate sustainability and social responsibility.

Edge Hill has also set up the Good Enterprise lab, a research network that will explore the benefits of social enterprise and provide a network where staff and students can build mutually beneficial relations and share ideas and expertise.

Andres Roberts, Senior Lecturer in the Business School, is delighted by the reaction of the launch. He said: “The project was launched during Global Entrepreneurship Week and I have heard several impressive ideas from students; from dance, web and design projects to record labels. The experience they will get from this will develop their employability and enterprise skills and I’m really looking forward to helping them progress further.”

“This is a fantastic project to be part of; it gives people an opportunity to make a difference about what matters to them – and it promotes a can do attitude. My personal purpose and mission is framed around what I call ‘beautiful business’; I want businesses that ‘do good’ to succeed. It’s great that Edge Hill is running this project and it will hopefully have a positive impact on everyone connected with the University.”

A workshop will take place on Tuesday 27th November offering advice on how to shape business proposals in order to get funding. For more information about the project, visit www.facebook.com/pages/EHU-Good-Enterprise-Lab/305608052888573 or email Andres.Roberts@edgehill.ac.uk.