Start-up social enterprises
We consider that start-up social enterprises are those organisations less than 3 years old. Our research identified the main challenges of early stage social enterprises as:
developing a business model that is sustainable in the long-term
not being dependent on public funding and other sources of grants
overcoming the struggle to meet the threshold levels for trading income
“Even though I was familiar with the business model canvas, I had never applied it to a service organisation and certainly not to a social enterprise. The guidance around it was useful. It is a great model for any kind of business“
In response to the above issues, the Spark project has developed and tailored information and tools for start-ups. We have created mysocialstartup.eu, an online learning platform, which offers access to sixteen thematic modules, covering a variety of topics, such as prototyping, legal considerations, marketing, growth and scalability and impact assessment. Each module includes examples of real world best practice, a handy worksheet with exercises, videos and insider tips.
My Social Startup web portal
Our Social Enterprise Innovation Accelerator Network (SEIAN) is a platform for all social entrepreneurs, support organisations and stakeholders to discuss the issues raised in developing and delivering social enterprise activity in the EU. The ‘virtual’ group is hosted online within LinkedIn.
Innovation Roadmap workbook for Startup-SEs
Together with our Innovation Roadmap document this workbook will help guide you through the innovation process to develop new social enterprise ideas.
Other useful resources
Visit our Resource page for all resources produced and collated by the Spark Project