The Forerunner Prize

Apply for £1000 for your tech social enterprise idea

If you have a tech based idea which aims to solve problems and make a positive impact in the world, apply now for the Forerunner Prize with Iridescent Ideas CIC.

The year, the prize will focus on the following key focus areas:

  • Bio, health and medical technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Space industries
  • Advanced engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Other science, technology or engineering related ideas.

The Forerunner prize winner will receive £1,000 cash to help develop their idea, as well as mentoring and business support in a package worth around £5,000.

Successful applications will describe a business idea which is based on one or more of the focus areas described above that tackles a social, health or environmental issue.

Your application will be judged on the quality of the business idea, its fit within the focus areas, the skills and expertise you display, the potential social impact of the idea and it’s wow factor.

Examples of previous prize winners include: solar powered hearing aids, smartphone cancer detectors, and planet labs.

Deadline for applications: Friday 2nd September 2016

To find out more, and to apply, click here.

Lancaster Soup: Sat 9th Jan

Opportunity to hear from local projects and help bring about change in the community


Lancaster Soup: Sat 9th January, The Juke Joint, Lancaster, 4pm

You are invited to Lancaster Soup – (a donation of £5 is asked for). There will be four (short) presentations from local projects who would like some funding and you can ask some questions about their ideas. Over soup you can discuss and debate the ideas. Then we will vote. The project that gets the most votes gets the funds collected on the night. Easy, simple and direct.

There will be some acoustic entertainment on the evening, some soup and good company.

If you want to pitch for funds for a project dear to your heart that would benefit people in Lancaster and Morecambe, then please get in touch. We’ve decided the first themes (Food for 9th January and Music for 13th February, after that people who attend can help us decide what to fund next).

Please let us know if you are coming, get in touch if you want to help or know more and SHARE with everyone and their pets, as the more people who come the more funds we can raise.

More information can be found on the Facebook page.

How to Make It Happen as a Social Entrepreneur

Are you a Social Innovator?

Social entrepreneurs aren’t that different from other people making things happen; they take their passions, motivations and enthusiasm and create a business.

In the video clip above, UnLtd Award winner, Rosie Ginday, discusses how her passion for cooking has evolved into a successful social enterprise, supporting the rehabilitation of offenders and disadvantaged individuals with employment and training.

What are your passions and hobbies? Maybe the traditional entrepreneurial path does not inspire you to take the plunge and create your own career; would your motivations change, however, if you knew that you were making a difference to other people’s lives and supporting them to find a better future?

If your answer is yes, absolutely – why not come along to the “Are U a social innovator?” event during Make It Happen? You’ll meet other people already making a difference in the North West and learn what social challenges are felt most acutely in the area. You might even find other students to collaborate with to start making things happen whilst your at University. Sign up via Target Connect to secure your place.



Have you seen our Make It Happen events are now on Target Connect?

UnLtd Scale and Growth Awards for Social Entrepreneurs

Scale and Growth Awards for Social Entrepreneurs


Submit your ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the chance to win prizes to support your scale and growth at the UnLtd SEE Change Scale & Growth conference on Wednesday 15th April.

We’re pleased to share an opportunity for social entrepreneurs with a turnover of over £25k (which can be from grants, trading, contracts etc.) who are seeking to scale their social venture, with the chance to benefit from a range of cash awards and investment readiness/scale and growth support.

UnLtd are now officially calling out for Expressions of Interests from scaling and growing social ventures to pitch at an ‘Investment Readiness Catwalk’ to potential investors at their April conference.

There are also a range of prizes on offer including:

  • £1000 cash award and package of UnLtd/Santander Catalyst Support- sponsored by UnLtd and NTU
  • 2 hour coaching session with Liam Black
  • ‘Stash of Cash’ in excess of £500, to buy in consultant support to be prepared for growth, access personal development support or to use as you require now.
  • Tickets to ‘Meet the Investor’ events organised by UnLtd Venture
  • and much more!

Individuals eligible to pitch at the conference are also likely to be eligible for the UnLtd/Santander SEDA Catalyst Awards.

For further details and to download an Expression of Interest form, follow this link :Investment Catwalk EOI 2015

Any questions, please email the Enterprise Team on

Applications to pitch must be submitted to the Enterprise Team directly by 26th March 2015.

If shortlisted you will be asked to attend a pitch in the afternoon of 15th April 2015 in Nottingham.