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We provide cutting-edge support, affordable loans and early stage equity designed for social ventures

Seedbed started in 2015 as one of ten projects funded in the UK by the Social Incubator Fund and backed by the Cabinet Office. Designed to offer support and investment, the programme looks to help social ventures to grow their businesses.

Funded by the Cabinet Office and project partners, the £1.2 million project can provide £750,000 worth of loan investment and a tailor-made support package for South West social ventures.

Our accelerator programme is now in its third year. Running from May to December 2017, Seedbed will give you the tools and resources to strengthen your business model, increase your financial sustainability, service growing markets and successfully compete for tenders and contracts.

Applications are still open so be sure to visit our how to apply Stay up-to-date on what’s happening with Seedbed by joining our mailing list.

Want to see what people think about the Seedbed programme? Check out our case studies page to see how Seedbed has helped other local social ventures to grow. You can also find out more about the social ventures who have taken part in the Seedbed programme on our cohorts page.

What are the aims of Seedbed?

Seedbed provides the support and development that social ventures need to grow alongside affordable loan finance, early stage equity investment and additional support to ensure their businesses become more resilient. At Seedbed, we have created a tailor-made learning process to help your business. As a graduate of the programme, you will have the tools and resources to successfully service growing markets, compete for tenders and contracts as well as play a significant role in supply chains and B2B activity through an intensive learning process.

Click here to find out more about our programme.

Why should I apply for Seedbed?

Seedbed combines the expertise of two organisations in the south west;

  • The social venture development experience and effective action learning expertise from Dartington Hall Trust and its School of Social Entrepreneurs
  • The financial management and social finance experience of SWIG Finance.

    Collectively, we offer the knowledge and guidance your social venture needs to develop and grow. We understand the specific regional challenges and opportunities of growing and developing social ventures in the south west and can help your venture succeed. You can read more about us here.

  • Who can benefit from Seedbed?

    The Seedbed programme is perfect for social ventures who have put plans in place to grow but need the affordable loan finance or equity investment and support to help make this happen. Seedbed is ideal for ventures that:

  • Are looking to grow and scale up their organisation in a sustainable way
  • Want to access affordable social investment
  • Want to improve their understanding of markets and customers and gain a better understanding of their social impact
  • Want to test and develop their products and services
  • Previous participants have included:

  • DontSendMeACard.com
  • Community Energy Plus
  • Bread & Roses Community Arts Hub CIC
  • Surfhouse St Ives
  • Eat That Frog CIC
  • Exeter Community Initiatives
  • Plymouth Learning Partnership CIC
  • SoundArt Radio
  • Grow Bristol
  • South West Family Support
  • Battling On CIC
  • Plymouth Energy Community


  • Want to find out more? Email us at info@seedbedenterprise.co.uk or call us on 01803 847066 to speak with our director Dirk Rohwedder.

    You can also download our Guidance Notes



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