Social Enterprise with University of Plymouth
Plymouth was the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet. The University held this accreditation from 2011 to 2018. As well as being a social enterprise in its own right, University of Plymouth acts as a driving force, using world-class research and entrepreneurial expertise to boost social enterprise in the community, helping to drive sustainable growth by creating jobs, wealth and social cohesion.
Students and staff can enter the Formation Zone Business Challenge, sponsored by Santander Universities, to access support for their business ideas and a prize package.
Our regular events around social enterprise bring together socially-minded individuals from all over the country to share ideas, knowledge and experiences, and inspire others. We run webinars, workshops and conferences, and are actively developing links with universities internationally to create impact. Recent projects include a global research study on social enterprise and HEIs for the British Council, a pan-European programme providing training tools for vocational trainers, and a joint project with an Indian HEI to create a social enterprise formation zone in Orissa.