Social Enterprise Awards

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing movement within the higher education (HE) sector and the University of Birmingham has been chosen as a pioneering partner for the UnLtd and HEFCE HE support initiative.

About the Awards

Through this initiative, the University of Birmingham will work with UnLtd to develop a support structure which places social entrepreneurship at the heart of the institution, as well as giving research staff and students the chance to start up a social venture. 

Students, graduates and research staff will be able to apply for pots of funding to help their idea to become a sustainable social enterprise. These ideas can be however big or small as long as they aim to benefit the lives of others, whether it’s on a local or national scale. This is open to individuals and groups of up to three people. 

 I have an idea I want to explore

Try It Award


  • For those not used to managing large sums of money or planning larger projects
  • Building entrepreneurial skills
  • Testing an idea
  • Small scale
  • Developing confidence

Length of funding

  • Three to six months

Maximum amount


 I have an idea I want to develop

Do It Award


  • For those who have the potential to bring about social change
  • Already in the early stages of the project and are confident that it will work
  • Has developed the idea and considered the longer term implications
  • Those who have accessed the Try It Award, can be considered for a Do It Award as well, after exploring their idea.

Length of funding

  • Ideally twelve months, but has the flexibility to be from six to eighteen months for exceptional ideas

Maximum amount

  • £5000

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a Social Enterprise UnLtd Award, please visit our Social Enterprise Awards application page.

Application Deadline: extended to Friday 28 March, 2014.

For more information

If you are a student or graduate (2013), please contact the Entrepreneurship and Innovation team at

If you are a research member of staff who is interested please contact Catherine Mansell from Business Engagement at

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