Business has the capability to save people & planet. Not aid.

We believe that socially driven business is the sustainable future, powered by the support of those around them.

Are you:  a business professional looking to volunteer? An enterprise who is changing the world? A corporate citizenship professional?


"I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a break from the ordinary."

Oliver Carter, Vice President: Government and Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Bank, UK

Want to make a social impact?

Social entrepreneurs are on a mission to change the world around them, but they can’t do it on their own. The Enterprises we support are tackling issues like the refugee crisis, youth unemployment, mental health, literacy rates, conservationism, and plastic waste.

With _SocialStarters these entrepreneurs benefit from low or no-cost expertise from business professionals, gaining an extra pair of hands to reduce some of the pressure that comes from running a start-up. As a result entrepreneurs are able to focus on social and environmental impact whilst discovering the tools, techniques and strategies that make many of the FTSE 100 companies financially sustainable. 

We currently run several programmes:

Social Enterprise Consulting Programme – 12 week programme (Virtual)

Social Impact Mentoring Programme – 9 month programme for Social Entrepreneurs (London)

Social Impact Incubator – 6 month programme for Social Enterprises (London & Rio de Janeiro)

Marketing, Sales & Operations Troubleshooters – 1 day events (London & Manchester)

We support our business professional volunteers through training and coaching to create a unique career development or career break experience that enables them to make the most of the time they spend on their consulting or mentoring assignment. And on top of all that, volunteers get to immerse into a new world and learn about developing a social enterprise in challenging but emerging business environments.

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Between us we have over 100 years professional experience in volunteering, international development, social enterprise and business.

Which Opportunity Is Right For You?

Volunteer Business Consulting for Career Development

For those interested in exploring a portfolio career, who want to learn more about social enterprise, and share their skills in the role of Consultant we run a fee-based programme that brings together independent volunteers who want to be a part of a commuity of global pupose-driven professionals to undertake a specific, specialist consultancy project with a social entreprneur. We match our volunteers with social enterprises, social businesses and ethical businesses who are between 6 months and 6 years old. You choose your hours, length of service (between 10-12 weeks), and which business area to consult in. There are several waves throughout the year for you to take on a 10-12 week assignment. Next waves are Spring (March 2019) and Summer (July 2019).


Specialist business support for your enterprise or start-up

We are looking for 15 clients to join our year-long incubator in 2019. This is a bursary supported programme for socially impactful start-ups, ethical businesses and social enterprises from London and the South East. Whether you are an early to mid stage start-up with some initial funding looking to build on a pilot, through to a 6 year old community organisation or social business we’re keen to hear from you. You could be a CIC, a commercial charity, ethical business, b-corps or a fast-growth impact venture but either way you’re driven by purpose whilst value investing in growth. There are 3 recruitment waves throughout the year. Next wave is Spring, starting March 2019.


Training and Volunteer Programme Delivery

We have supported over 200 social and ethical entrepreneurs to develop their start-ups into scalable ventures. Working in Asia, Latin America and Europe and with the support of our partners we have run intensive accelerators, start-up ideation camps and longer business growth corporate volunteer programmes that engage employees and utilise resources at multiple levels – with the ultimate goal of driving economic development through socially impactful skill-sharing and corporate citizenship.

Current & Previous partners: Pernod Ricard UK, VSO, UnLtd India, Surge Impact, The Good Market, British Council Sri Lanka, British Council Brasil, Eixo Rio, Rio Criativo, Asplande, On Purpose.


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See below to get feel for the #SocialStarters experience.

social enterprise volunteer collage

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