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LaunchMe is Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator. It is a business support and investment readiness programme that helps ambitious social enterprises to scale and make a greater impact. It is currently open for its fifth round of applications until 12 noon on Monday 21st October.

It selects a group of participants each round and provides them with seed funding, intensive business and investment readiness support, investor matchmaking, a peer support network and access to grant funding as co-investment to any private investment secured through the programme.

LaunchMe is looking for the next generation of social enterprise visionaries. We want to help social enterprises that are innovative, focused on scaling their impact and prepared to take risks and work hard.

The fifth round of LaunchMe will support a group of up to eight social enterprises to prepare for growth and secure investment. Broadly speaking we are looking for applications from two main groups:  Social enterprises Either start-ups with a scalable idea and big plans for growth; or established social enterprises (up to £200K trading income) looking to develop a new product/service to diversify and grow

Community groups Newly formed or well-established community groups or community enterprises looking to develop a product or an asset with the potential to generate significant income and have a positive impact in the local area.

Applications Open: 13 August 2019

Roadshow information events:
05 September 2019, Glasgow 10:00 – 16:00 (with a talk at 13:30)
09 September 2019, Edinburgh 17:30 -19:30