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News - 22 October 2012
Caroline Lucas MP

Dragon’s Den Event for Social Enterprise funding

Social enterprises will get the chance to pitch to investors under a new Dragon’s Den-style initiative organised by Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas together with the Ideas Factory, Albion in the Community, CVSF and CAF.

The Social Investment Pitch and Networking Event - will take place on 29th November from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the American Express Community Stadium.

As many as 100 participants are expected to take part, with six pre-selected social enterprises bidding for funds from around 30 investors. The event will also include networking opportunities and inspirational talks from speakers including Rodney Schwartz, former Wall Street analyst and Chair of Shelter and founder and current CEO of ClearlySo and Julia Chanteray, social entrepreneur and President of Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce; and Justin Francis of award-winning local social enterprise Responsible Travel .

Prior to the event, social enterprises can enter a competition to win one of six slots to pitch to investors on the 29th.

The organising panel will assess all applications, before selecting 10 social enterprises to attend a one-on-one training session on 16th November, where they will receive invaluable feedback on their proposal and information on angel funding and government grants.

These 10 enterprises will then be narrowed down to a final six, who will pitch their proposal in front of a room of social entrepreneurs and angel investors on November 29th.

To enter the competition, e-mail with the following information:

  • A brief outline (500 words) of your social enterprise
  • The business objectives
  • How your social enterprise is assisting the community
  • The investment required

Entries close at 6pm on Friday 9th November and the organisers will be in touch with the 10 social enterprises to be considered for the pitching stage.

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