Opportunity: Subsidised places on The Circle’s social entrepreneurship programme

31st August 2021

The Circle is offering 25 subsidised spaces on their accredited social entrepreneurship training

The Circle, a multi-award-winning social enterprise, has received Scottish Government funding to provide 25 subsidised places, aimed at giving business and social entrepreneurship training to young people under-30, people in rural communities, and those working in the environmental space.

The training, given by The Circle Academy, is a 12-week online programme for individuals, start-ups and organisations, who want their business to have a social impact, while operating in a commercially sustainable way.

The Circle Academy is an accredited programme focused on developing skills in business planning, governance, finance, marketing, funding and pitching – with social impact.

Participants will graduate with a business plan and a marketing strategy. They will also have the chance to receive an SCQF level 7 qualification in social entrepreneurship, and the opportunity to pitch for investment for their business.

The groups targeted by the funding, are in line with key areas identified in Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan.

The Circle’s Academy Manager, Jenny McCarthy said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer these free spaces thanks to the support of The Scottish Government. This is a great opportunity for us to help people build organisations that can make a long-lasting impact and to support with the recovery and rebuilding of the third sector.”

Academy graduate and Dundee gallery owner, Kathryn Rattray (of Kathryn Rattray Gallery) said: “The Circle Academy changed my thinking, in fact, I would go so far as to say it changed my life”.

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said: “The Circle Academy has a reputation for developing the skills and experiences of our social entrepreneurs and we look forward to seeing them progress as their businesses and enterprises launch and grow”.

The Circle are now accepting applications online: https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/xvaIzlBO#/0

You can find out more about the programme by contacting The Circle’s Academy Manager at academy@thecircledundee.org.uk

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