We Support You To Solve 3 Business Challenges


  • Are you the founder or MD of a social impact venture and are looking to grow your team?
  • Do you need to bring on board specialist support but feel nervous about the investment?
  • Would you value low-cost support from “remote” marketing, sales, business development, operations and finance specialists over 9 months?

If you answer yes to any of these questions then we’d love to help. Our Incubator provides support over months, with a low committment plan offering up to 3 Consultants working across 3 assignments from £320*.

“Our consultant helped us launch our website, develop our pilot, and establish initial partnerships. She also trained us on all things crowdfunding and helped us understand the funding landscape. She was amazing and I’d hire her tomorrow if I could!”
Filipa Do Carmo, United Kitchens

“Lisa did a fantastic job and worked really well with me. She brought lots of ideas for our marketing strategy and worked with me to see how they could be implemented.”

Eamonn Madden

Founder, Inspirational Youth

Meet some of _SocialStarters’ previous Consultants:

“Our consultant was genuinely interested in everything we had to say and the ideals we believed in. She put herself 100% into the project and really tailored her plan according to our requirements.”


_SocialStarters gives you access to:

Low cost specialist business expertise up to £19,200* of consulting time per Consultant, 3 times per year plus

  • Coaching and mentoring from _SocialStarters’ team
  • Learning about key areas of business (marketing, sales, business development, operations, finance)
  • Support & Peer Networks in London and around the world
  • Comprehensive online Toolkit (Lean Start-Up/Design Thinking/Project Management/Accounting)
  • Getting investment ready / making more sales
  • Support building the business case to hire new employees

Next Intake: March 25th 2019 / 15 places available

Applications Open: December 1st 2018

Applications Close: February 4th at 11.59pm

* Value: £2000 – £19,200 based on min & max hours @£400 p/day


Want more specialist business expertise in your organisation?

Spring – 25th Mar to 14th June

Summer – 15th Jul to 4th Oct

Autumn – Dates TBC

1 x Consultant is placed with you per wave up to 3 Consultants per year.



Get support on 3 business challenges over a year

Learn from industry experts

Plug skills gaps in your enterprise

Build the business case for a new role

Receive on average £9,600 of Consultants’ time 

Bursaries available for those on low incomes

Autumn Fee:

*£320.00 with full bursary (up to 75% off the fee of £1280)

Spread Payments



Our mission is to plug the skills gaps in your enterprise and support you to drive a bigger social or environmental impact. To do that we support our Incubator clients with specialist expertise to tackle core business challenges, sharing skills, gaining knowledge and getting stuff done – freeing founders up to focus on business growth.

When you apply you provide us with your most pressing challenges, we then scope out 3 business assignments to match you against our Consultants with and we’ll assist you to complete at least one of the assignments within a 3 month timeframe by placing a suitable Consultant to work with you remotely from between 3 hours a week to 2-3 days a week.

Each assignment will be completed by a vetted business Consultant with at least 6 years’ professional experience in a certain field within the areas of strategy, operations management and marketing.

The Consultants are volunteering their time to work on projects that meet their specialist senior-level skills and experiences. Their time as a consultant is broken down into 4 phases:
  1.   Immersion (getting to know the company, their mission and their challenges) – weeks 1 to 2/3
  2.  Ideation (defining project scope & exploring ideas for solutions) – weeks 3-4
  3.  Implementation (working towards agreed milestones) – weeks 4-8
  4.  Ongoing delivery (the ideation and implementation loop) – weeks 8-12

Our Autumn 2018 Consultants:

Head of Strategy & Insight | Operations & Commercial Director | Head of Business Change & Service Delivery |Associate Consultant | Legal Advisor (Senior Associate) | Investment Manager | Head of Research | Consumer Strategy Director | Account Director | Global CRM Consultant | Qualitive Researcher | Marketing Academic | UX Researcher 

Previous & current employers:  Whitbread | Premier Inn | Ofcom | Allen & Overy LLP | Credit Suisse | Nakatomi Capital | Mediacom | SAAB | Global Data Healthcare | Warner Music

Typical Consultant Locations

London, Los Angeles, Berlin, NYC, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore

We scored 5 out of 5 by 100% of our UK clients in our 2017 customer satisfaction survey. Our founders also told us that they had improved confidance and knowledge in the areas that their Consultant specialised in.

Co-founder Anna Moran was part of the 2015/16 cohort of  EY Foundation’s Accelerate Programme for young business leaders start-ups and social entrepreneurs under 30. The EY Foundation provides business support to social enterprises by offering access to skills capital from business coaches to workshops, networking and project support.

The Coaching Fellowship is an international community of coaches dedicated to helping young women reach their full potential. Their fellowship community is made up of nonprofit leaders, impact entrepreneurs, activists, rocket scientists, artists and more – all young women leaders of impact dedicating their lives to building the world of tomorrow today. The Coaching Fellowship begins with a three month professional coaching fellowship. Their fellows become part of a global women of impact network which stretches 80 countries.

We ran our first three programme’s in Sri Lanka in partnership with  Social Enterprise Lanka, a start-up support organisation that aims to build a network of social enterprises in Sri Lanka. We worked collaboratively with them in 2016 to support in the delivery of training to impact organisations, providing volunteers as well as help build their member network.

Rio Criativo is our Industry Partner in Brazil and has been formed within a department in the government of Rio. Their work involves developing and boosting cultural, creative and entrepreneurial projects & opportunities across Rio. They’ll be supporting our six week Immersion Programme in March/April 2017.

The British Council are deeply involved in the development of social enterprise in key emerging global markets. They run programmes in partnership with local and international organisations who provide expertise in areas such as youth and social entrepreneurship, equal opportunity and diversity, social inclusion and engagement, and active citizenship. In 2015/2016 we were working with The British Council to support the growth of a new impactful enterprise economy in Sri Lanka. And in 2018/2019 we will be developing a pilot as part of theri Developing Inclusive Creative Economies programme, in Rio de Janeiro & Sau Paulo, Brazil.

One of our strategic partners in Sri Lanka is the growing Good Market. Only 3 year’s old, Good Market. have been bringing the most desired organic, fair-trade and sustainable products and services to the Colombo community every Saturday morning.

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Together we’re on a mission to bring more expertise and talent into social impact organisations so we are pleased to include On Purpose as our network partner for 2018.

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