Social Venture Builder Programme Master Class 1

Social Venture Builder (SVB)

7, 8 and 9th May 2015 organised by Northampton University

The SVB works to scale up an organisation, developing new markets, accessing appropriate investment and developing your leadership capacity and competence. The SVB's 'incubator programme' is a product of the universities continued commitment to social enterprise; thorough research, trial and improvement. It has previously supported candidates to attract new contracts in excess of £6m and investment in excess of £500k.


The programme is centred on work based learning, and is backed up with personal mentoring, access to business support and online resources. The fully accredited programme is taught in 3 residential weekend workshops, spread over six months and assessed over twelve months through assignments and project work. This is aimed ultimately at producing a sustainable social venture and gaining a Postgraduate Diploma. However, there is the option to undertake the SVB as CPD (continued professional development), a Postgraduate qualification, or a further Masters qualification in Social Innovation - so the choice is yours!


This framework allows you to continue working while you learn - in a way that benefits both personal development and the development of the organisation. This is achieved through relevant applicable topic areas, and aided by the support of your personal mentor and business adviser. 


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:


For more information on both our programmes please go to: