Social Enterprise and Innovation: Business Support Programme 2016 – 2019

The Social Enterprise and Innovation Programme (SEIP) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support start-up and existing social enterprises.

The project will provide coaching and workshops to assist individuals looking to start or progress a social enterprise business. The Programme is project managed by the University of Bath in partnership with Bath Innovation Centre, The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), Social Enterprise Works, Voscur, and CVS South Gloucestershire.  

There are two programmes of business support available and your eligibility will depend on the stage that you are at with your social enterprise venture. Applications are now open for both programmes. [Please note re. Startup Bootcamp: The programme runs from October 2016 to October 2019 and there will be a rolling timetable of workshops. You will be given a choice of workshop dates if your application is successful.] 

Startup Bootcamp. Business planning workshops (equiv. to 12 hours) for new and very early stage social enterprise businesses. Who can apply?

  • Individuals who are considering starting a social enterprise business 
  • Founders / managers of very early stage social enterprises (< 6 months old)  Apply for Startup Bootcamp

Business Incubation coaching (BI). Coaching and business mentoring (equiv. to 12 hours) for newly formed and mature social enterprises with good growth potential. Who can apply?

  • Founders / managers of newly formed social enterprise businesses
  • Mature SME's who are looking to further develop a social venture or initiative  Apply for Business Incubation

If you unsure about which programme to apply for or need more information please email

Individuals will be required to detail the business proposition and product / service they wish to launch, or develop as part of the application process.

Proposed projects will be assessed for sustainability and growth potential as well as social impact. The selection panel will also be looking for a degree of innovation (in product, service or delivery).


The Programme is project managed by the University of Bath in partnership with Bath Innovation Centre, The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), Social Enterprise Works, Voscur and CVS South Gloucestershire