Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs
Funding round:
2017 Round 1
Midlands and East

Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs

Enterprising skills for women (ESW)

We are Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE). We’re a a leading, social enterprise development organisation with a 16-year track record of supporting the start-up and growth of enterprises and women-led businesses across the West Midlands.

The funding that we are receiving will go towards delivering our Enterprising skills for women (ESW) project.

ESW addresses the lack of culturally-appropriate start-up business support for women from BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) backgrounds locally.

The project will build the skills and confidence of disadvantaged women, breaking down cultural and gender barriers to starting an enterprise.

Thanks to the funding, we can now give 100 women from inner city Birmingham the opportunity to benefit from courses on personal and business finance. In addition, 60 will take part in a customised enterprise start-up programme.

Participants will have access to experts and workshops in finance, markets, enterprise development, marketing and technology – both face to face and online. A monthly network meeting will encourage learning, inter-trading and peer-to-peer support, while additional mentor support and hot desks will empower the participants to ‘fast track’ their businesses. We anticipate the creation of 20 new women-led businesses in total.