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Warwick Enterprise are delighted to be working in partnership with the Social Shifters platform to bring a revolutionary digital space where students can learn, collaborate, and get inspired with bitesize e-learning and a supportive community of change-makers.

Want to make change in the world?

Have a great idea that solves a social or environmental problem, but don’t know where to start?

Want to create change, but don’t have an outlet?

Whatever change you want to make, it doesn’t happen without help. And we are that help.

Be part of the change you want to see in the world.

Be part of the social shift

Join for free now

Warwick Enterprise are delighted to be working in partnership with the CEIS to bring new social enterprise education to all students at Warwick University.

Steps to Startup is an e-learning launchpad programme for social and environmental entrepreneurs - and it’s available to you now for free. If you’ve spotted an opportunity for change and are ready to take your idea to the next level, you’ll quickly learn how to do just that in Steps to Startup. Maybe you want to know how to better define your social or environmental problem; discover how to build support for your cause; where to find your customers; or maybe you are interested in learning more about socially / environmentally focused business models? The Steps to Startup E-learning program is made up of x8 easy to follow, video-based courses with everything you need to know about social purpose business startup:

  • Course 1: Defining the Problem
  • Course 2: Planning Your Social Impact
  • Course 3: Building Support For Your Cause
  • Course 4: Testing Your Ideas on a Small Scale
  • Course 5: Finding Your Customers
  • Course 6: Designing Your Business Model
  • Course 7: Securing the Funding
  • Course 8: Getting Ready for Take-Off

Whether you want to solve local or global problems - Steps to Startup will take you quickly from idea to entrepreneur!

How can I get involved?

1) Everyone is invited to join the Social Shifters platform which will help you to explore social enterprise and innovation and connect with others.

2) If you are serious about change and want to learn and develop further, we are accepting applications for a limited number of spaces on the Steps to Start-up programme. Within this you will find 8 courses that you can work through at your own pace, supported by Warwick Enterprise to help you to learn and develop your skills. If you would like to be considered, please complete the registration form below.

Timeline for the programme

  • Deadline to apply – 20th October
  • Cohort runs across 6 weeks, 25th October to 3rd December.

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