Investec Beyond Business

Investec Beyond Business is an award winning programme, offering training and support for emerging social enterprises in east London.

When & where?

Applications for 2024 are now closed. To find out when the 2025 programme opens, sign up for updates.

Who is it for?

Your business idea must have clear social purpose and the applicant must live in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest or Islington.

Contact

Start a business. Transform your community.

Hackney School of Food, Chief Educator with student. Photo credit Pau Ros

Hackney School of Food, Chief Educator with student. Photo credit Pau Ros.

Start your social enterprise with up to £24k business funding.

Join our growing list of entrepreneurs making a big difference in their communities. Investec Beyond Business is offering funding and expert business support for founders with a mission in east London.

The programme is an incredible opportunity to make your social business a success, whether you have recently started out or have an idea in mind. 

The process

We seek out budding entrepreneurs who are committed to creating successful businesses that are both profit making and deliver serious social and/or environmental outcomes. We invite them to pitch their business ideas to the Investec Beyond Business ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel. Successful applicants are then provided with up to £24k of investment funding as well as membership of the programme.

The combination of investment funding and skills support helps to ensure the entrepreneurs success in creating sustainable businesses.

We provide training and support in:

  • Business planning
  • Sales and marketing
  • Financial control
  • Becoming an employer
  • IT for start-ups
  • Pro bono legal help

Starting a business is difficult. We make sure you’re supported along the way, with successful applicants receiving:

  • Start-up funding up to £24k funding
  • Strategic and business planning guidance
  • Practical business support including training and mentoring
  • Access to the impressive alumni network

Our achievements

We have a very successful track record with a realistic proven business model that creates lasting benefits. Since the programme was launched ten years ago, we have:

  • Set up 60 new social enterprises in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney
  • Helped to generate a combined turnover of over £6m
  • Created over 375 new jobs in east London
  • Fostered a dynamic network of enterprises that support each other
  • Given budding local entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to create a social business

How to apply

To apply, one founder must be based in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest or Islington and the benefits of your business must be felt in Tower Hamlets, Newham or Hackney. Your business must also be less than a year old, or even at the idea stage.

Applications for the 2024 awards are closed. To find out about the 2025 programme, sign up for updates.

For any questions about the programme please contact Kim.Hayman@bbbc.org.uk.

 

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