Changemaker Innovation Generator & Bigger Together Social Finance Event

Changemaker Innovation Generator (CIG)

23, 24 and 25 March 2015 organised by Northampton University

The CIG is a 3 day programme that begins to develop your ideas and entrepreneurial skills in small groups, allowing you to experience other ways of thinking, diverse creativity and teamwork. It is run in collaboration with real life projects, offering the opportunity to test solutions that will make a real social impact. 


This programme is aimed at progressing ideas into concrete proposals, with ambitious but achievable targets. It is an opportunity to gain advice from professionals in the field, learn new skills and apply them to your own organisation or idea. The ideas and concepts you will be introduced to during the CIG will be developed further if you continue onto the Social Venture Builder Programme, with the end result being the development of a sustainable social venture.


What Are We Looking For?


We are now calling for individuals or organisations to submit ideas that have the potential to address social problems from any sector, public, private or third. You don't need to be a student or graduate of the university, and your organisation or start-up can come from any sector and be based anywhere in the UK. We are looking for a diverse range of social innovations, including: 

    • Any innovation that will increase life opportunities for 16-24 yr olds by increasing job creation.
    • Any innovation that works to improve the skills, wellbeing or safety of a community.
    Youth justice
  • Working with young people
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social care
  • Environmental projects

Why Us?

We are looking for ambitious, engaging and creative responses to social problems that exist every day in every community, led by an aspiration to change social systems and push for positive social change. The University of Northampton's Social Venture Builder programme is the only one of its kind in the UK accredited to Postgraduate level, and has been developed within the only Ashoka U Changemaker Campus in the UK. If you feel you have an idea or organisation that has the potential to do this, or just have a question about the programmes please contact

Costs & Funding

The first round of the Changemaker Innovation Generator and Bigger Together Finance Event will be deliveredfree of charge withlimited places available. The CIG will take place in various locations in Northamptonshire, please contact us regarding hotel information and stay. Please see attached document 'Bigger Together' for information regarding this event.

There are opportunities for all candidates to apply for part or fully funded places on the SVB programme. The Northamptonshire Police Crime Commissioner's Office is offering to fully fund ventures targeting youth justice, drug and substance misuse, and school/youth group interventions - please contact for further details. 


For students, staff and recent graduates of the University of Northampton, there are several other funding options available. Please contact for more information.​


To secure your place on the Changemaker Innovation Generator and Bigger Together Social Finance Event please complete the application form and return to: