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Latest intake on Scotland's social enterprise accelerator programme, LaunchMe, pitch to investors

The latest successful participants in LaunchMe, Scotland’s only social enterprise accelerator programme, are unveiled today (Tuesday 9 May)

A community local produce hub in the Western Isles is in line for a hat-trick of awards. It is inspiring other communities to follow in their footsteps.

Homes for Good and MsMissMrs, respectively run by Susan Aktemel and Sylvia Douglas, are two of the nine businesses shortlisted for the Asda Community Social Enterprise of the Year award. 

LaunchMe, Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator has opened for applications for the third time. The only programme of its kind in the country, it supports the most ambitious, early stage social enterprises to achieve scale, by getting them investment ready and connecting them with investors looking for social as well as financial returns.

Susan Aktemel of Homes for Good was named Social Microentrepreneur of the Year in 2016 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.

Inverness Kart Raceway (IKR), a state of the art indoor racing arena that supports young people onto work, is ready to welcome the next generation of Formula One drivers and speed enthusiasts alike.

Locavore, a social enterprise which exists to help build a more sustainable local food economy, has launched their Big Plan.

Breadshare, a community bakery in Edinburgh has landed investment to franchise its model across Scotland. The investment, made by former SSE Chief Executive Ian Marchant, has secured Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) and was facilitated by social enterprise start up agency Firstport.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney praised the contribution of social enterprise to the Scottish economy as the entrepreneurs chosen for innovative accelerator programme LaunchMe 2015 were revealed at a recent event in Edinburgh.

The first successful applicants to LaunchMe, Scotland’s first social enterprise accelerator programme, were unveiled in Edinburgh last night. (Thursday 4 September)

LaunchMe, Scotland’s first social enterprise accelerator is now open for applications.