Social entrepreneurs from Edge Hill University are celebrating after finding out their enterprise projects will receive funding.

The seven projects, consisting of staff, students and alumni, are funded by charitable organisation UnLtd’s social enterprise programme, along with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The programme supports social entrepreneurs who have a business idea which can have a long term positive effect on society. The seven projects which will receive funding are:

  • Web Factory – A web design company which trains and supports students and others into employment.
  • AddSolutions – A specialised learning and training resource around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related areas.
  • Melted Leather Records – A record label that seeks to work around diversity and inclusion.
  • Holocaust on Film – A project that develops learning and awareness of the Holocaust through film.
  • Note Cook – A programme of cookery workshops that promote community cohesion.
  • AmigoInternational – Creating a child-friendly online community by researching cultural exchange.
  • BE AWARE – An event to support children with ADHD and Autism.

The enterprises will be awarded between £100 and £5,000 and will also receive advice on how to develop their business concept.

Andres Roberts, Senior Lecturer in the Business School, is delighted that the projects have been awarded funding. He said: “The response the programme has had across all areas of the University has been fantastic. It’s brilliant that seven projects will receive funding and they can each have a real and positive impact in different ways.”

UnLtd have also been impressed with how the University has implemented the programme. They said: “Edge Hill University have done a great job in terms of promoting the programme and generating a wide range of ideas. Compared to other universities with longstanding enterprise awards programmes, Edge Hill is streets ahead.”

Funding is still available from UnLtd and Andres is urging anyone who has a business concept which they believe can benefit society to apply. “What is great about the programme is that it doesn’t matter if you aren’t from a business background; all you need is an idea which you believe can make a difference.”

For more information about the programme, email Andres.Roberts@edgehill.ac.uk.