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Social Innovation Lab 2016

University of Sheffield Enterprise

Monday, 17 October 2016 at 18:00 - Monday, 14 November 2016 at 21:00 (BST)

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I have an idea!
This ticket type is for participants who have an idea for a social enterprise that they would like to pitch and work on in the sessions. It doesn't need to be fully formed yet, we will work on making it viable in the sessions.
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I want to work on someone else's idea!
If you don't have an idea but still want to be involved by working on someone else's idea, register for this ticket.
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Have you got a business idea that could change the world? Or do you want to learn more about community based businesses and how they work? If so, why not take part in our Social Innovation Lab?


Over a series of five Monday workshops, you will learn all there is to know about the basics of social enterprise and develop many new skills along the way.


Before you sign up, check out all of the dates for our Lab below. You need to attend all of them to take part.


Deadline for signup is: Wednesday 12th October


Introduction / Session 1 / Monday 17 October, 6pm – 9pm / The Diamond, Workroom 3

In this first session, you will meet the social innovation team and learn the basics of social enterprise. If you have an idea, you will pitch it to the rest of the group and then form smaller groups to work on specific socially driven projects. Don’t worry if you haven’t got an idea, you can still listen to other people’s and select what idea you want to work on collaboratively.


Idea Development / Session 2 / Monday 24 October, 6pm – 9pm / The Diamond, Workroom 3

In this second session you will form working groups and start to work on presented projects from Session 1. Using our storyboard technique, your group will develop the social idea further and assess whether it could become a viable social enterprise.


Business Planning / Session 3 / Monday 31 October, 6pm – 8pm / The Diamond, Workroom 3

In this third session, you will develop your elevator pitch (which will be used in session five). You will also develop your pitching, video editing and business planning skills which will allow you to communicate the merits of your business ideas social impact, vision and values.

Measuring Social Impact / Session 4 / Monday 09 November, 6pm – 8pm / The Diamond, Workroom 3

In this fourth session you will learn how to assess the needs of the client group you are looking to work with and determine what is needed to solve your social problem. The session will also touch upon measuring social impact and what to prepare for when starting a social enterprise.

Celebration Event / Session 5 / Monday 14 November, 6pm – 8pm/ The Diamond, Workroom 3

In this final session, you will pitch your idea to a panel of judges and hear about all of the other inspiring projects that people have been working on over the previous four sessions. This final session will act as a celebration event and will also provide you with further information on funding and how you can make your business proposal a reality!


Do you have questions about Social Innovation Lab 2016? Contact University of Sheffield Enterprise

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The Diamond
Workroom 3
32 Leavygreave Rd
S3 7RD
United Kingdom

Monday, 17 October 2016 at 18:00 - Monday, 14 November 2016 at 21:00 (BST)

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