Today (Thursday, 28th September), Big Issue Invest (BII), the investment arm of the Big Issue Group (BIG), has opened up applications for a new investment programme, aimed at new and early-stage social enterprises in London.
Power Up London is an accelerator programme for London-based, diverse-led, early-stage socially impactful organisations addressing social and/or environmental issues and providing services to underrepresented communities.
The programme is delivered by BII with funding by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda to invest in communities and support local businesses
Successful applicants will receive a fully-funded package of non-financial support valued at £10,000 that includes a mix of mentoring, business support, training workshops and networking opportunities delivered weekly over four months.
Participants will also benefit from introductions to other founders in the cohort, mentors, and investors.
On successful completion of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to access a grant of up to £22,000 for their social enterprise, to be used for launching new products or services, expanding to new markets, or creating new jobs in their local communities.