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Emma Cheshire FRSA

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Emma Cheshire is a Fellow of The RSA and also Programme Director for Dotforge Social Ventures Accelerator.  Read about the DotForge accelerator programme and find out how you can get involved.

Can you see a social challenge that can be solved using technology? Have you been itching to use smart software platforms to make other people’s lives better? Do you have a social venture, charity or voluntary organisation that could help more people if you built your own digital product?

The RSA, working in partnership with Dotforge accelerator and Key Fund have developed a pilot accelerator and incubator to support social entrepreneurs in building digital products and services designed to address social challenges.

Over the initial three month accelerator programme the ventures will receive:

•        Pre-seed convertible investment of £30,000

•        Free office space in Sheffield

•        Extensive access to mentors and networks across Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester

•        Fast-track access to key decision makers in the public, private and third-sectors

•        Support from a range of globally-influential business and technology partners

After the initial three months ventures will have access to a further eight months of resources including office space, fundraising and sales support and access to a further investment pot of £500,000 to support further growth over a two year plus period.

Interested in being involved in the programme?

We are looking for ambitious social entrepreneurs with an early stage product and a small team of two to four people who want to build a scalable venture which addresses a big social challenge.  We are also keen to work with small teams spinning out of established social enterprises, who are building innovative digital technology to support their existing work. The programme is open to applicants wishing to establish a social enterprise in the UK.

We are also seeking experienced health, education and social services specialists, entrepreneurs and software developers to volunteer a day of their time to mentor the new ventures and help them define their commercial and social value. Sessions will take place in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. Please email us for more information.

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Two programmes will be run in 2015 for up to 24 ventures. Applications for the first programme are open now and will close on 17 November 2014.

To understand more about the types of ventures we are looking for check out the videos from the Social Ventures Conference we ran on the 21 August 2014.

The programme is funded by the Social Incubator Fund which is managed by Big Lottery for the Office for Civil Society, Cabinet Office. Project partners are the Key Fund, RSA and dotforge.

Emma Cheshire

Programmes Director


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