LaunchMe case studies

September 24, 2015

Bad Idea

Anthony Gerrard’s mantra is “there is no such thing as a bad idea”. It’s hard to believe that the smartly dressed young businessman overcame a chaotic background, discarded by society, growing up in poverty and becoming homeless at 18. Despite these barriers, he put himself through college and university and went on to set up his own company.

September 24, 2015

Rachel DuBois - Hostel Hub

Hostel Hub wants to create a network of boutique hostels to support community regeneration and tackle social issues such as unemployment, crime and poverty.

September 24, 2015

Reuben Chesters - Locavore

Locavore is a Glasgow based social enterprise dedicated to local food and creation of sustainable local food economies. 

September 24, 2015

Sylvia Douglas - MsMissMrs

MsMissMrs is a Glasgow-based initiative which seeks to empower vulnerable women through delivering workshops on self-care and improving confidence and self-esteem. This vital support enables some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable women to make active contributions to their communities.

‘Unlocking potential – creating futures’ is the mantra of Josee Scott and her team at Edinburgh-based Freedom Unlimited Enterprises. 

September 24, 2015

Homes for Good

Susan Aktemel came up with the idea of setting up Scotland's first social enterprise letting agency as a result of her own personal experience as a landlord.

Bruce Gunn’s life changed overnight when an allergic reaction to a mosquito bite on a family holiday to Spain in 2008 led to a pulmonary embolism, a collapsed iliac artery and long-term illness which left him housebound for three years.

September 24, 2015

This for That

This for That is an online platform that supports relationships across public bodies, private sector and communities for people to gain real rewards for their participation and contribution to their community, building a strong civic economy.

September 24, 2015


When IT consultants Debra Riddell and Geoff Crowe left Australia to go travelling, they never thought they would end up in the middle of the Borders countryside running a community bakery. Now three years on, they are producing 2000 loaves of artisan bread a week in their tiny premises on Whitmuir Organic Farm, near West Linton.

Future Soccer Stars delivers high-quality soccer training to children aged from 18 months to nine years in Central Scotland.

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