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Beyond the Finish Line, a new programme by Firstport and Ice Cream Architecture, challenges young people to revitalise their local areas using social enterprise ideas.


Three short films produced from the hugely successful ‘Social Entrepreneur Chat Show’, which featured among its star guests the international entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, have been released for online viewers on youtube. 


Firstport, the leading development agency for start up social enterprises in Scotland, works in partnership with Scotland Unltd to distribute funds from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the Millennium Awards Trust. 

Category 3 of the Enterprise Ready Fund can support smaller capital, marketing or training costs directly linked to trading or income-generating activities.

If you have ever considered setting up a social enterprise, attend our iCAN programme in December and get ready to launch in the New Year!

Join Harper MacLeod to find out more about crowdfunding for business

The Enterprise Ready Fund, funded by the Scottish Government, aims to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland’s enterprising third sector.

More than 40 young people are to be offered the chance to get a vital first foot on the employment ladder through an initiative launched by Skills Development Scotland, which opens up work placement opportunities in the social enterprise sector.

Delve into the entrepreneurial mindset with the help of experts

Applications for th Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2013 are open!

The Social Enterprise Academy has announced the latest dates for their Leadership Programmes for startups

Working Digital 2013 is a week of digital technology and social media events involving industry leaders, key thinkers and future business stars.

We are hiring!

July 18, 2013

Firstport is looking for for a self starter who is passionate about and committed to the development of social enterprise in Scotland.

Leading development agency for new start social enterprises Firstport, has appointed Martin Dorchester as the new chair of the board. 

Firstport, the leading development agency for social entrepreneurs in Scotland, last night launched the Founders Fund and named new social enterprise The City of Play as the winners of the Barry Ayre Award.

Help Firstport award winner All Together Edinburgh to continue their valuable work with people with learning disabilities.

Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards are now open with an increased number of prizes available for social enterprises seeking a financial boost to help them expand.

Are you uninspired by traditional career routes? If you want your life’s work to be less about chasing bucks and much more about being part of something truly worthwhile, come and discover Social Enterprise!

Marianne Patterson, Level 1 and 2 winner and founder of Ayrshire Children Services to appear in BBC documentary next week.


New charities and budding entrepreneurs in and around Edinburgh have the chance to win free support and training for a year, thanks to a unique programme designed to kick start social ventures.

Communities across Scotland benefit from the latest awards to social entrepreneurs


We have updated our funding priorites for Level 1 funding applications. If you are thinking about applying for one of our awards, read on!