LaunchMe Blog

News and views on LaunchMe, an accelerator programme for early stage, ambitious social enterprises.

Are you working on your business plan? If you have been long-listed for LaunchMe, you better be!

Roger Moors, Chief Development officer at Social Investment Scotland talks about what it really means to be investment ready and the ‘Will, Skill and Bill’ questions... 

I talked to Sylvia at the end of a very busy week as she completed the induction of seven new board members and took on new premises. You might have heard of Sylvia as the Empowerment Pants lady.

Corrin Henderson was a participant on the very first LaunchMe cohort back in 2014. He raised finance to open Inverness Kart Raceway in the Highlands.

Sometimes you have to look back to look forward. It has been two years, almost to the day, since Firstport selected the first group of participants onto LaunchMe, and it has been an exciting journey for both the participants and us.

September 9, 2014

Finding your angel

Last week we announced our first LaunchMe Cohort – seven of Scotland’s most exciting social enterprises. We’ll be working with them over the next 22 months to accelerate their growth and help them realise big ambitions with the right investor on board.

I’ve been meeting recently with social entrepreneurs, running all manner of early stage businesses. It’s been great fun and personally inspiring to re-engage in a start-up environment.

Hands up, leadership is one of my favorite topics. It’s vast, it’s polarizing and a subject I’m deeply passionate about.

May 7, 2015

Social media

I was a latecomer to social media, and still refuse to engage in Facebook. I am, however, a strong advocate of  Twitter and LinkedIn.

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