L – R: Converge Challenge Alumni - Dave Hughes, Debbie Wake & Rotimi Alabi Photographer credit: Lloyd Smith.
Social Investment Scotland (SIS), which provides flexible, repayable investment for social enterprises in partnership with communications firm Weber Shandwick, is joining the list of companies working with Converge Challenge 2018.
SIS, in partnership with Weber Shandwick, is providing a prize of £20,000 cash and in-kind business support for the winners to help them become investment ready and develop their brands for success.
The benefits include a package of workshops, one-to-one support and mentoring, providing the winners of the 2018 Social Enterprise Award with the right tools and expertise to maximise and sustain social impact.
Thomas Gillan, Social Investment Scotland (SIS) said: “Social Investment Scotland is proud to be joining Converge Challenge as a strategic partner, a programme which shares our passion for investing expertise and support into the projects and ideas which are making a positive impact to society. It comes as no surprise to me that many of the previous programme’s success stories are high impact enterprises which help and improve the quality of people’s lives.”
Olga Kozlova, director of Converge Challenge, said: “It’s vital that charities and social enterprises take an entrepreneurial approach to their businesses and working with Social Investment Scotland (SIS) in partnership with Weber Shandwick is a reminder that many of the finest projects aim to help people, tackle challenges and enrich and progress society. I am pleased that the shortlisted Social Enterprise participants will benefit from a breadth and wealth of experience and skills as part of our programme in May. I’d urge anyone from our Scottish Universities who have an idea or product, at any stage, to enter this year’s challenge.”
Harry Hussain, managing director, client experience, Weber Shandwick said: “At Weber Shandwick, we are passionate about the role social enterprise can play in Scotland’s social and economic development. That’s why we were so keen to extend our relationship with SIS and support this year’s Converge Challenge. Working together, we’ll be hoping to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs from Scotland’s universities and develop those ideas which have the power to change people’s lives for the better.”