At Seedbed, we have created several tailor-made activities to help your social venture to grow. From one-to-one sessions with our business coaches to small and large group activities, there are a variety of workshops, master classes, business review panels and more to help your social venture reach the next level. The programme is delivered in two distinct stages.
At Seedbed, we have created several tailor-made activities to help your social venture to grow. From one-to-one sessions with our business coaches to small and large group activities, there are a variety of workshops, master classes, business review panels and more to help your social venture reach the next level.
We meet with you and discuss your particular needs and requirements. You will be assigned a Seedbed coach, who will work with you on your plans and proposals. You will be invited to participate in Business Review Panels and other programme activities.
Specialist support to create and complete all necessary supporting documentation for a Seedbed loan application is available.
All programme activities are offered to you free of charge, thanks to the support we have received form our funders and partners.
Please see below for a fuller description of the various programme elements on offer with the Seedbed programme.
We look forward to hearing from you and to exploring how Seedbed can help you to grow your social venture.
How the programme is delivered
To help support you with your business plan and investment proposal, we have created a programme that will help you to develop and grow your social enterprise. We have included several activities such as:
Everyone on the programme will be assigned a skilled business coach for personal advice and guidance, coaching and information, support and contacts.
Using a ‘learning by doing’ methodology, the whole group will come together to explore topics with our experts in interactive sessions. These are professionals, able to make complex business and development topics relevant and applicable. You will also hear from other social entrepreneurs, who will share their wealth of knowledge and experience with you. These are highly interactive sessions offering insights and advice from people who are further along in their entrepreneurial journey. In addition, we explore the knowledge and experience from within the group. Uncovering the wealth and capacity of everyone in the cohort and learning from each other is a hugely valuable aspect of the learning experience of Seedbed.
Our Action Learning Sets involve working in smaller peer support groups. They offer those involved the opportunity to bring forward an issue that they are facing for reflection and clarification with the group and to review it with their peers in a confidential and safe space.
Our Action Learning Sets are professionally facilitated. Using specific questioning techniques with other members of the group, you can find a way forward and set actions to complete for the next meeting. ALS sessions are offered only to those participants who feel the sets would be of benefit.
In addition to the scheduled workshops and panels, you will be assigned an individual business coach who can provide guidance, reflection and support. Sessions are arranged at mutually convenient times.
You will be joined by a panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders and experts, who provide in-depth feedback and reflections on your venture’s business model and growth strategy.
Using the principles that emerge from our witness and expert sessions, our master classes provide the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the qualities and ingredients that help you drive your business from good to great!
To help ventures ready to apply to the Seedbed Funds specialist support with preparing for and completing the applications will be offered as necessary.
Further application guidance for ventures specifically interested in joining the Seedbed Growth stage will be made available in the coming months. To find out more call Sam Haydock on 01803 847066 to arrange a conversation with our director Dirk Rohwedder who’ll be able to tell you more about what the Growth Stage entails and answer any questions you may have.
Following each workshop and masterclass you will have access to presentations, resources and useful links.