The shortlisted candidates have been announced! Visit the Firstport website (http://www.firstport.org.uk/funding/founders-fund-shortlist) to find out more about the budding entrepreneurs who are in the run to become the recipient(s) of the Barry Ayre award. Remember that only the supporters of the Founders Fund can cast their vote, so please get involved and donate! Visit our YouTube channel and watch the videos of the shortlisted candidate: http://bit.ly/14TLQmLThe Founders Fund allows existing social entrepreneurs an opportunity to give back and award one young person seed funding to get a social venture off the ground. The donations will go towards a cash award for a young entrepreneur to found his/her social enterprise and it ultimately aims to discover the next generation of social ventures leaders.Firstport is the leading development agency for start up social entrepreneurs in Scotland. Through our business support and funding, we have enabled a whole generation of Scottish social entrepreneurs to be the founders of their own social ventures. Many of them are now up and running, growing and wanting to give something back to inspire and encourage a new generation of social ventures leaders to come through and continue the fantastic work already taking place. The Firstport Founders Fund is our way of enabling social entrepreneurs to give back. The Fund is also inspired by our own experience- Firstport has been very fortunate to have Barry Ayre as an inspirational founder and chair. After six years at the helm, Barry will step down in July and the fund is one way of celebrating Barry’s support and achievements as founder and chair of Firstport that involves the very people we were set up to support. We want social entrepreneurs to get behind this idea and donate to give a young person a chance to get started in the social enterprise world. Donations will be used to seed fund one young entrepreneur with an idea tackling society’s most pressing needs. The winner of the Firstprt Founders Fund will receive the Barry Ayre Award, named after our founder, at an evening reception in Edinburgh in July and will receive business support from Firstport to plan, launch and grow his/her idea.
This campaign will keep all funds raised once it has reached its Tipping Point.
Funding duration: May 22 2013 - July 03 2013 (23:59 GMT)
A massive social media hug! We will shout about your generosity to all our fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. You will get to vote for the winner of the award and will be kept up to date with his/her progress.
Not only will we tell all of social media contacts about your kind contribution, but we will also include your logo/name on a dedicated page of supporters on our website. You will get to vote for the winner of the award and will be kept up to date with his/her progress.
Let’s get the party started! We will announce the winner of the award at an evening reception in Edinburgh in July which you are invited to! Apart from meeting the bright young spark who will receive the cash award, you will get to chat and mingle with other social entrepreneurs, key players in the sector, as well as the Firstport board and staff. You will of course g...
Apart from receiving all of the above, you will be able to include your publicity/ product samples in the event goodie bags! The event will be attended by leaders of key organisations in the social enterprise, private and public sector, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of your social enterprise!
Your commitment to support the next generation of social entrepreneurs has not gone unnoticed! Apart from joining us at the event and receiving all the rewards above, we will organise a “raise awareness day” for you to shout about your fantastic social enterprise amongst young students at college and university. You could use the day to recruit potential volunteers, f...
Wow! We cannot thank you enough for your very generous contribution, but the least we can do (apart from giving you all the rewards above) is to mention you in all our press and publicity material. Your company name/logo will be included on the event’s invite, press release & more.
You are exactly as the name says, a life-changer! Your kind contribution will bring us to almost half our fundraising target and we’ll be therefore much, much likely to change a young person’s life by giving them the cash needed to get his/her idea started! To reward you for your kindness, and on top of receiving all the above rewards, the award will be called the Bar...