Social Enterprise Day: New generation of social entrepreneurs gear up to inspire the nation
By Helen Warrell, Third Sector, 14 November 2007
A group of 21 young social entrepreneurs will launch a new organisation tomorrow to promote youth enterprise across the UK.
The Commission for Youth Social Enterprise will present its manifesto to Cabinet Office minister Ed Miliband in an event hosted by the Treasury. The commission's preliminary aim is to harness the potential of young social entrepreneurs who are struggling to get their enterprises off the ground. The group will also explore ways to inform university students with ethical ambitions about careers in existing social enterprises. They hope to raise funds for the project by selling their consultancy services and seeking sponsorship.
The initiative is backed by the Office of the Third Sector, social enterprise support organisation UnLtd, innovation company ?What If! and the Big Lottery Fund's entrepreneur programme The Big Boost.
"We found there was a need for research and to share the problems we face as young entrepreneurs," said Ahmed Al-aagam, the commission's chair and founder of the enterprise 3E Community Events. "We thought we would need an organisation with a strong research background to deliver something of magnitude that the Government and the sector would take seriously. We came up with the idea of a commission."
Matt Kepple, another commissioner and founder of fundraising network Wahblo, was recently announced as one of the Office of the Third Sector's 20 enterprise ambassadors. "We want to be a catalyst for young entrepreneurship and a supporter for entrepreneurs who are having difficulty," he said. "There are lots of people out there who have the desire to have an ethical career and we want to capture that potential."