Projects

Futures is involved in a number of international development projects. These involve academics, students and policy-makers and contribute to knowledge and our teaching impact:

'SOCIAL START UPs - Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Talent of Ethical Purchasing Groups'

This two-year Erasmus+ project (Grant agreement No. 2014-1-IT02-KA204-004132) was completed in March 2017. 

Project partners were the Futures Centre for Entrepreneurship at Plymouth University, University of East Anglia, TAMAT (lead partner and Italian NGO focusing on supporting micro enterprise development internationally), Parco 3A (Italy), AMSED (France), and the Municipality of Verteneglio (Croatia). 

The aim of the project was to initiate social enterprise start-ups amongst ethical purchasing groups operating within the agri-food sectors of Italy, Croatia and France. Dr Haya Al-Dajani and colleagues at the Futures Centre for Entrepreneurship designed and developed the social start-up methodology and its relevant toolkits, and ‘training the trainers’.

For more information about this project, please visit www.socialstartups.eu.


Social Start Ups online toolkit now available

Download the Social Start Ups toolkit.

It includes:

  • mentor guide
  • business diary
  • handbook
  • e-learning resource on food hygiene, safety and quality.


Investigating Farm Entrepreneurial Orientation

  • A rural entrepreneurship project sponsored by the Farm Business Survey.
  • Longitudinal research into the relationship between FEO, performance and its moderators.
  • Project value over 12-months £15,000.

Entrepreneurial Orientation and Culture change

  • A spin-off from the Comic Relief project supported by internal Faculty of Business funding.
  • Exploring the impact of institutional ordering within commercialising pastoralists.
  • A natural experiment with Maasai tribes people involved with traditional and commercial systems.
  • Data collection ongoing with Maasai elders trained for the purpose.

Scaling innovative rural distribution for farmer inputs

  • A rural entrepreneurship project sponsored by Comic Relief.
  • Research, monitoring and student engagement around an expanding innovative social enterprise franchise model that aims to directly impact over 20,000 subsistence farmers in Kenya.
  • Project value over 24-months £533,484.
  • Baseline survey of 560 farming households in Kiambu county conducted early 2015.
  • Currently analysing the results and setting up farming panel to monitor project progress.


The Failure of Rural Transport Planning and Policy to Support Women’s Entrepreneurship

  • African Community Access Programme, Department for International Development.
  • Leveraging the YouWin data-set and research partnership with Lagos Business School.
  • Project value £30,000.

YouWin! Nigerian national business plan competition

  • Managing evaluation and training support for the third phase of the Nigerian national business plan competition.
  • Led the formation of a YouWin research partnership, managing a research fellow at Pan-Atlantic University and supporting the development of a YouWin data-set.
  • Project value £74,064.

Social Start ups

  • Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Talent of Ethical Purchasing Groups

    Social Start Ups

    Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Talent of Ethical Purchasing Groups
  • operating within the agri-food sectors of Italy, Croatia and France

    The aim of the project is to initiate social enterprise start-ups amongst ethical purchasing groups

    operating within the agri-food sectors of Italy, Croatia and France
  • with the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre team

    Social Start Ups

    with the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre team
  • with the Riverford Group

    Social Start Ups – Learning by doing in Ethical Purchasing Groups

    with the Riverford Group
  • This is a two year Erasmus+ project that began in March 2015

    Erasmus+

    This is a two year Erasmus+ project that began in March 2015

Scaling innovative rural distribution for farmer inputs: Farm Shop's retail micro-franchise network

Plymouth University has been awarded more than half a million pounds of Comic Relief funding to help transform thousands of lives in rural Africa.

Academics and students from the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre will work in partnership with the Farm Shop Trust.

Find out more about the project

Edwards farm and farm shop

Farouk Jiwa explains some of the issues faced by farmers in Kenya.

Unlocking the entrepreneurial talent of ethical purchasing groups in Croatia, France and Italy

The event brought together mentors, entrepreneurs, ethical purchasing groups (EPGs), researchers and other interested stakeholders to discuss the impact of mentoring for social enterprise start ups.

Take a look at our video featuring our speakers