_SocialStarters Incubator: Application Form for Social Entrepreneurs
This is a unique programme for socially and environmentally impactful social enterprises, social businesses and ethical businesses to solve some business challenges over 3 month waves, 3 times a year. Our volunteer Consultants are experienced business professionals from the worlds of marketing, finance, banking, professional services, entrepreneurship and more; they usually have 6+ years of experience in a specialist role such as Communications, Brand Development, Accounting, Product Development, Business Strategy, Sales or Business Development; and they want to help you from 3 hours a week up to 4 days a week.

What are the benefits of being on this programme?

We know what it's like running a social enterprise, especially when you're just starting out. You are time poor, resource short and often working to low budgets. It's our mission to support emerging social enterprises with specialist business consultancy support:

- To get a fresh pair of eyes to help you tackle some the challenges that keep you awake at night
- Your volunteer Consultant will bring specialist business expertise
- You choose the specialist assignment for your volunteer
- We match you with a volunteer who has experience in (and is able to support you with) that project

You will benefit from a strategic business angel who instead of financial investment will give you their time and expertise on a part time remote working basis whilst they take time out from their lives and careers to give back and share their skills.

The Process / your commitment:

This is a registration for the _SocialStarters' Spring Programme to receive a Consultant between 25th March to 14th June 2019, as well as in Summer 2019 and Autumn 2019. Here you can identify 1 to 3 projects that your organisation could use support with. If we're confident we can match you, we will have a follow up call with you to further assess your needs and outline the assignment that you would like the consultant to carry out. We scope out your assignments into briefs that we can share with the prospective volunteer Consultants during the matching process, which takes place 6 weeks prior to the programme wave start date. This is a low-commitment programme, you'll be instantly signed up for all 3 waves and billed periodically, but if you decide to withdraw you can at any time from the following wave that has yet to start.

Our guarantee:
This programme provides our clients with a guaranteed minimum of £2,000 of business support from an expert across each wave of the incubator. This is based on our Consultants providing 3 hours a week over 10 weeks. Typically our Consultants will provide on average 10-15 hours a week of support over 11 weeks (taking into account annual leave).

The _SocialStarters Incubator matches you with a volunteer Consultant to deliver between 10-12 weeks of specialist business and strategic support on a full time or part time basis, 3 times a year.
Your full name *
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Your email address *
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Your job title *
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Are you one of the founders, or on the senior leadership team?
If no, please provide the full name of the founder or senior leader whom you are submitting this application on behalf of:
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Name of organisation *
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Organisation website URL *
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Organisation Address *
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What's your address? *
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Phone Number (with country code) *
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Number of years in operation *
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How would you best describe your organisation? *
What was your turnover in the last financial year? *
What sector do you work in?
How many members of staff do you have? *
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Please provide a short description about your organisation. Include details of your mission, your impact, your beneficiaries, how you get funding or revenue and anything else you think is important for us to know... *
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What's the biggest business challenge(s) you are currently facing in your business? *
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Please outline a key business assignment that you need support with. Include details of what the project could entail, how it will help you achieve your mission, what the project means to you if you were able to get help with it: *
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What support area would you classify this as? *
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If you worked with a volunteer Consultant on this project, what specific skills/experience would you need them to have? These are the mandatory skills you think they would need to possess. *
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If you worked with a volunteer Consultant on this project, what skills/experience would you like them to have? These are the desirable skills you would wish them to possess. *
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How many weeks do you estimate the project would take to complete if the consultant was working with you part time (2 days a week)? Please select the most realistic minimum timeframe: *
Additional Projects
It's often possible that your volunteer Consultant can take on more than one core project during their time working with you or we'll match you with two volunteers during the programme.
Please outline another project, challenge or opportunity that you could use support with?
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If you worked with a volunteer Consultant on the above mentioned project, what skills/experience would you want them to ideally have?
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How many weeks do you estimate the project would take to complete if the consultant was working with you part time (2 days a week) on this project?
(Optional) Please outline another project that you would love to have support with?
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If you worked with a volunteer Consultant on this project, what skills/experience would you want them to have?
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How many weeks do you estimate the project would take to complete if the consultant was working with you 3 hours a week on this project?
Receiving a Consultant
It's imperative that the volunteer Consultant is able to gain access to a senior member of the leadership team. Ideally it's one of the founders, but we appreciate this isn't always possible due to the demands of running a social enterprise or a start-up. If you do take on a placement with one of our business volunteers, then we do require them to have a main point of contact who knows enough about the consultancy assignment brief in order to support them, give them access and essentially host their placement.
Do you have a member of staff who can be the main point of contact for the volunteer Consultant? *
Would this member of staff be able to commit to speak with the Consultant a minimum 3 hours a week? *
Do you have office space that you could provide the Consultant? *
Are you happy to work with a Consultant virtually ie via Video Call? *
At _SocialStarters we advocate collaborative consultancy, which means that you will be working together with your consultant on the project. Progress is therefore part of a collaborative effort. Are you willing to work collaboratively with a Consultant if you receive one? *
Statement of intent: if your application is successful are you aware of the programme fee and would you be ready to accept by way of submitting payment? *
And finally, how did you hear about us? *
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Thank you for your application, we will be in touch within the next 7 days to give feedback and to successful applicants discuss next steps. In the meantime feel free to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram or read our blog.
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