Here are some links to advice, resources and support for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs during the Covid-19 crisis. Also included are links to online courses on social enterprise and related topics. For ease of navigation, we have separated the providers of this content into those focussing exclusively or principally on the UK and those that work internationally.
Big Society Capital – Find out about new lending facilities totalling £100 million in loans and investments to help UK social sector organisations through the coronavirus crisis.
Charity Aid Foundation – Explore funding opportunities from CAF and external sources as well as resources to support charities in the UK throughout the pandemic.
Co-operatives UK – Find a range of practical guides and advice for co‑ops on their Covid-19 advice webpages. This includes HR and governance advice, funding opportunities and links to webinars and online meetings.
Good Finance – Their Covid-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises includes a trove of content on everything from funding and investment guidance to webinars and pro bono support.
Locality – They’re supporting their members (i.e. community organisations across the UK) by offering webinars, emails and links to useful resources (including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) on this online hub.
Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) – Their Coronavirus Support and Resources page pulls together the latest information and support for UK social enterprises on the coronavirus outbreak. This includes links to legal advice, practical support, government engagement, support networks, webinars and more. If you’re interested in starting your own social enterprise, download their Start Your Social Enterprise guide which takes you through the essentials of starting a social enterprise, from business plans to bid writing and legal structures to partnerships.
Acumen – The Acumen Academy offers a wide range of online courses, some of them free and others not, on topics such as Business Models for Social Enterprises, Lean Start-up Principles for the Social Sector, and Social Entrepreneurship 101.
AVPN – Consult their website for links to Asia-focussed crowdfunding initiatives, open source collaboration and webinars to address the impacts of Covid-19.
ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs) – Find links to initiatives to address the pandemic in Africa, the Americas and Asia as well as info on funding sources, government guidance and more on their COVID-19 Response and Resources page.
British Council – Read our Resources for aspiring social entrepreneurs if you are thinking of starting a social enterprise in the UK. Additionally, our Build Career Skills collection includes videos from the School of Social Entrepreneurs on topics such as Growing a social enterprise and Marketing a social enterprise product.
FutureLearn – ‘Turn your social enterprise idea into action’ is a series of three online courses put together by Middlesex University Business School in partnership with Living in Minca and the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship with some funding from the British Council. You can join most courses for free but there is a fee to take the final assessment and secure accreditation for the program.
iDEA – The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award is ‘an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.’
Nesta – Visit their homepage to access news and resources related to Covid-19. Their Creative Enterprise Toolkit is ‘a practical resource to help you plan, build, test, communicate and launch your new creative business”. The toolkit has been translated into a number of languages including Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish.
NextBillion – Their Coronavirus Resources for the Social Impact Sector includes links to resources (e.g. funding opportunities, strategies for adapting to the crisis), online events, analysis and news on how the business and development sectors are responding to the crisis.
Pioneers Post – The UK-based social enterprise magazine offers news, resources and stories to help social entrepreneurs, impact investors and mission-driven businesses get through the Covid-19 pandemic.” They also partner with the British Council on Global Perspectives on Social Enterprise, a collection of over 200 articles, podcasts and videos about social and creative enterprise, impact economies, and the innovations and ‘ecosystem builders’ that support their growth.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) – Their ‘How to prepare for coronavirus’ section provides links to resources for social enterprises, small charities and community projects, including on finance and funding, government support, continuity planning and more. Also check out their range of online courses to help you develop your charity or social enterprise.
Social Enterprise Academy – They offer a range of online learning support for organisations in Scotland and around the world to help build leadership capacity, generate new ideas and strengthen individual resilience throughout the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Social Enterprise Institute –They offer a range of online social enterprise courses, on subjects such as Steps to Start-up, Impact Practice and Investment Readiness, as well as foundational online training packages and the option for personalised online learning and coaching. These are all fee-based.
Social Enterprise World Forum – SEWF have compiled an extensive list of Social enterprise responses to coronavirus, which highlight cases of social enterprises responding to the pandemic from around the world and include structural responses by governments and other ecosystem supporters. You can also find information about the next Social Enterprise World Forum in Halifax, Canada, which has been postponed until June 2021. Note however that SEWF and Partners will host a two-day digital forum from 23-24th September 2020 to assist the world of social enterprise to come together and plan for the future.
StartSomeGood – Their Good Hustle is a 10-week online programme to help participants design a purpose-driven business. The course comprises five modules with 14 video lessons, action focused worksheets, peer learning pods and live group calls. The full price for a course beginning on 20 April is USD $749 USD but sponsorship options may be available. StartSomeGood are also hosting a 10-day virtual summit in May featuring 30+ world-renowned social entrepreneurs, changemakers, and innovation leaders to talk about creating a lasting positive impact in the world.