Barclays Ambassadors Join Forces With School For Startups To Support Social Entrepreneurs

One Young World Ambassadors from Barclays have teamed up with School for Startups to find the UK’s most promising social entrepreneurs. Five lucky winners will receive a year’s worth of intensive support from the Ambassadors and School for Startups to boost the growth of their social enterprise. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to attend the One Young World Summit 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The programme is open to all UK based social entrepreneurs under the age of 30 who run an enterprise that is less than two years old. As part of the selection process, 60 of the country’s leading social entrepreneurs will be invited to attend a one day course led by One Young World Counsellor Doug Richard’s School for Startups. [[[image-0 medium right]]]

The hopeful entrepreneurs will pitch to an expert panel made up of representatives from Barclays, School for Startups and business leaders. The panel will decide who will claim the exclusive prize on offer, which includes:

-One-on-one mentoring from a top Barclays executive
- A range of internal business workshops and training in London
- Access to the online knowledge and support community Barclays Connector
- A comprehensive pack of business software
- The chance to attend the One Young World Summit 2013

Steve Cooper, Vice Chairman of Barclays Business Banking says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for social enterprises to get expert advice and support right when they need it most. I am excited about the training day and seeing the wealth of ideas that I am sure is out there.” 

Doug Richard, Founder of School for Startups comments: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Barclays in conjunction with their Mentoring and Support for Social Enterprise programme. It is an amazing package and I encourage any passionate social entrepreneurs to apply now.” [[[image-1 medium right]]]

The Barclays Mentoring and Support for Social Enterprise programme was created by the bank's One Young World Ambassadors following the the 2011 Summit in Zurich. It aims to address the needs of social businesses by providing free, individually tailored packages of mentoring training and business support. This newly launched competition is an important part of the group’s ongoing mission to enable UK social businesses to reach their full potential.

To apply for a place at the School for Startups training day in London visit

Ambassadors involved; Claudia Gwinnutt, Adil Jiwa, Anna Howell-Phippard, Paul Dimon, Claire Reid, Rasheva Evgenia, Alex Safavi, Paolo Zeppetelli.