Published: 11 October 2017

Fund your big idea: Social Enterprise Challenge now open


Applications are now open for the Social Enterprise Challenge – a competition that awards ideas that could improve lives, communities or the environment with funding.

The Social Enterprise Challenge is open to all students, from any discipline and you do not need to have any specific experience or knowledge to apply. The only criteria is that your idea could help tackle social problems, or your idea could improve lives, communities or the environment. You also need to be a current student or a postgraduate researcher at the University.

If your idea is selected, you could receive up to £1,000, which you can use to kick-start your project.

To apply, please request an application form from Dave Wheatley, Green Guild Manager (call: 0151 7951028).

Previous Enterprise Challenge projects include:

  • Arion1: The University of Liverpool Velocipede team broke the British land speed record for the fastest human-powered vehicle in September 2015 with their recumbent bike – Arion1. The team applied for the Social Enterprise Challenge and Green Guild are proud to be one of their first sponsors helping them to get their project started which has since gone from strength to strength.
  • Farm Urban Aquaponics: On the Guild’s roof two post-doctoral researchers have set up an aquaponics system, which is used as an tool to teach people about future food systems. The pair have since established their social enterprise delivering educational and research activities across the region.
  • NeuroTriage: NeuroTriage is an outreach service that hopes to provide neuropsychological support to people who are both homeless and experiencing a brain injury or neurological deficit in Liverpool. The initiative was led by a student and received funding via the Social Enterprise Challenge to launch the project through a successful and well attended conference in 2016.

Speaking about the Challenge, Dave Wheatley Green Guild Project Manager, said: “The Social Enterprise Challenge helps students start projects that have real and lasting impact on our society, our environment and our economy.”

Applications will close on Friday, 17 November. Applicants will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges on Wednesday, 22 November.

For more information and to request an application form, please contact Dave Wheatley, Green Guild Manager (call: 0151 7951028).

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