Our Social Venture Partnership can help you if you are looking to start a social venture.

Participate provides a comprehensive range of support to help people start and grow Social Ventures. To join our programme you must have an idea that with the primary purpose of tackling a social or environmental issue.

Social Venture School

Attend our 2 day ‘Social Venture School’ for free and get expert support to set up your new project. The school will help you to build a plan for your venture, covering topics including; planning, organisational structures, finance and funding, marketing and impact monitoring. You will meet inspirational speakers from social ventures and local businesses who can offer expert guidance.

Ongoing Support

After Social Venture School our team will help you to develop and grow your idea. This support included help with registering your organisation, fundraising advice, training, strategy and planning sessions and enterprise coaching. You will also be part of a peer network of like-minded people who meet to share their experiences. Where you require specialist help we will refer you to our network of partners or help you access business volunteers.


This programme is for people living in England. You may be an individual or part of an informal group and you must be developing a project that mainly benefits the public or a community in England.

Activities are not eligible for an award if they are part of your paid employment, involve political or religious campaigning or involve activities outside the law or against public policy; or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or social disharmony.

‘Participate have helped structure my project from a basic concept to a viable social business with a big vision, all whilst providing professional mentoring and personal support. Participate are friends, mentors, critics and strategists – all in one’
Stuart Hill, Director, Access Hospitality

‘The mix of start-up funding and other support from the programme has been invaluable to us. From small beginnings as a local project, we are now working at an international level. We have been given specialist third sector support from Participate as well as business skills from private sector volunteers. Attending Social Venture School gave us the confidence, skills and tools to deliver the first ever mixed ability international rugby tournament.’