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UnLtd and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have launched a programme of support for social entrepreneurship in English universities and colleges. The initiative will help universities and colleges to develop their support structures for social entrepreneurship, making it easier for students and staff to start up a social venture and thrive within the HE environment. The programme aims to encourage a social entrepreneurship culture across the HE sector.

Supported by a £1million investment from HEFCE, the 18-month programme will develop relevant resources, expertise and infrastructure that will support the social entrepreneurial activities of staff and students.

Later in the spring, UnLtd will call for proposals to identify up to 25 universities and colleges as key partners for the programme to share expertise and knowledge in identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs in the HE sector. They will receive private sector support through the UnLtd Connect service, matching each university and college with a network of local business professionals who volunteer their expertise to support and advise social entrepreneurs. Participating institutions will need to match any investment given by the scheme.

There will also be a number of opportunities for all HEFCE-funded universities and colleges to share good practice, and a range of resources to help them support social entrepreneurs from among their staff and students.

The new programme follows the success of the Higher Education Social Entrepreneurship Awards, which saw 200 social ventures established in 70 HEIs between 2009 and 2011.

For more information about the programme and to register your interest, see UnLtd HEI Support.

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Created on: 24 January 2012

Last updated: 25 January 2012

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