The funding will help the entrepreneurs test their social enterprise ideas around Scotland, a sector which turned over a total of £451m last year.
The awards are part of Firstport’s “Start It” awards programme which allows entrepreneurs to apply for up to £5,000 to pilot their business ideas.
Karen McGregor, chief executive of Firstport, said: “I am very proud that Firstport supports individuals who want to make a different in their community and across Scotland.
“This latest round of awards shows how dynamic the social enterprise model is and the inspiring commitment of social entrepreneurs: tackling unemployment, providing new skills, regenerating local places and overall enriching local communities with valued products and services.
“I believe that social entrepreneurs make the world a better place, one social enterprise at a time.”
The awards are funded by the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund. As social enterprises, all of these businesses have social or environmental goals.
They must aim to become financially sustainable and generate profits to re-invest in the cause they support.
The ideas include:
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