Social Enterprise Support

Social Shifters - Supporting students who want to change the world for the better.

Have a great idea that solves a social or environmental problem, but don’t know where to start? Want to create change, but don’t have an outlet?

Whatever change you want to make, it doesn’t happen without help.

That help starts here.

Abertay University has teamed up with Social Shifters - empowering you to explore, start, and grow your ideas. Whether you want to solve a local or global problem, these resources will enable you to explore, test, and grow your ideas so you can make a difference.

Get FREE access to specialist digital learning resources and for those ready to take the next steps, we provide one-to-one on campus (physical and virtual) start-up advice.

Social Shifters aims to support and grow change activity in universities across the UK, because all change starts with one thing — an idea.

Whether you want to solve local or global problems, Social Shifters enables you to explore, start, and grow ideas that can change the world.

Our time for change is now. Be part of the social shift.

Sign up for Abertay’s Social Shifters programme here -

Steps to Startup E-learning Programme - Get on the front foot

Got a burning idea that will change our world but don’t know how to get it off the ground? We can help.

Steps to Startup is an e-learning launchpad programme for social and environmental entrepreneurs - and it’s available to you now for free. It is a ground-breaking online social enterprise startup programme.  

Developed by social startup experts from across the world, this digital learning launchpad provides high quality video content and easy-to-use, action-based tools and resources.

As an Abertay University student or alumnus, you can now access these e-learning courses to help you plan, build, and launch a successful social enterprise.

The 8 courses include:

  • Course 1: Defining the Problem

  • Course 2: Planning Your Social Impact

  • Course 3: Building Support for Your Cause

  • Course 4: Testing Your Ideas on a Small Scale

  • Course 5: Finding Your Customers

  • Course 6: Designing Your Business Model

  • Course 7: Securing the Funding

  • Course 8: Getting Ready for Take-Off 

Download a programme overview here.

Whether you want to solve local or global problems - Steps to Startup will take you quickly from idea to entrepreneur!

Sign up for the Abertay Social Shifters programme here!

One-to-One support to help you take the next step

At Abertay we actively encourage our staff, students, and alumni to develop entrepreneurial skills. If you have an idea to change the world, need support to develop it and get it ready for launch, then we can help with one-to-one support.

We are here to support you to develop your entrepreneurial skills, your ideas, and grow your business. 

Depending on what stage you are at, as part of the Social Shifters programme, we can also refer you to a specialist advisor at Firstport, Scotland’s agency for start-up social enterprises. Together we will support you to realise your social enterprise goals.

The students, panel and staff from Abertay

Social Shifters: It's our time for change

Get in touch with us to discuss your idea further

Mr Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser

Bell Street Ventures | Enterprise Officer

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