Social Venture Weekend

Social Venture Weekend: September and November

·         Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October

·         Friday 25 November to Sunday 27 November


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The Social Venture Weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School is for anyone with an ambition to set up or grow a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact.


The workshop

The workshop is an inspiring introduction to the social venture sector and a valuable opportunity to focus intensely on your own business. In an inclusive, supportive and friendly atmosphere, you’ll have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experience of successful social entrepreneurs.

·         For emerging social entrepreneurs, it’s a chance to explore new ideas and get started on your new business.

·         For established social ventures, you will be able to refine your business plan and cement your understanding of business fundamentals to help your business thrive.


Unlike other entrepreneurial training, ours is from a social perspective, with a strong focus on social impact within the context of creating and scaling a sustainable business. Over the weekend, faculty from Cambridge Judge Business School and other world-class experts in social enterprise will cover business planning, market research, legal structures, finance and pitching.


The course is for anyone with an ambition to start or grow a social venture. We welcome any business working to make positive social or environmental impact across all sectors, from employment to genomics, ageing to energy.

Social Venture Weekend is for you if:

·         you are starting, or already running, a business dedicated to making social impact

·         you’re ambitious to scale up rapidly, become investment ready, and secure finance


Get involved

The weekend costs £75 +VAT, with half-price tickets available for a co-founder or senior team member, and discounts available to those who are unwaged, living on benefits or facing other financial difficulty. Find out more, and apply to attend, at:

FUN Friday

Every Friday is Fun Friday

Fun Friday is all about creative thinking and problem solving. Here at Social Enterprise Acumen we spend the afternoon developing skills with social entrepreneurs and social enterprises … followed by pizza!

Fun Friday is part of our SEA Stars course, in partnership with DurhamWorks, which will take you through the journey of developing a product or service through a series of challenges. Consider marketing, pricing, financing, routes to market and engaging with customers.

Join us on 19th August where we focus on bouncing back.

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Social Entrepreneurs Network – Fun Friday launch


For our May Social Entrepreneurs Network we did something a little different.

Social Entrepreneurs Network


On May 27th we invited our partners to join social entrepreneurs, supporters and friends in a fun afternoon of creative thinking, creative doing and problem solving. The afternoon allowed for like minded people who want to find new, sustainable solutions to social issues in their own communities and beyond, to learn and practice techniques.


North East Social Enterprise Festival 2016

North East Social Enterprise FestivalThe Sage Gateshead will host the second North East Social Enterprise Festival on Saturday October 29th.

Although the majority of Social Entrepreneurs operate and trade for the benefit of communities in the North East (so when they profit, our society profits) there are many internationally known brands operating for global good and we look forward to welcoming them to the North East.

The North East Social Enterprise Festival will be a celebration of social enterprise in the North East and an opportunity for resident to support the sector. By supporting social enterprises you are supporting local communities as when social enterprises profit, our society profits too. For more information click here.

Soon to be launched – SEA Stars

PrintA programme for young people who are passionate about social change, have ideas for improving their community through social enterprise, or want to find a way to gain skills and employment in a supportive social enterprise environment.