Episode 56 - Lucy-Rose Walker from Entrepreneurial Spark - Social Enterprise Conversations
March 1, 2017•21 min
There is a whole host of support out there for social enterprises, but there’s nothing quite like Entrepreneurial Spark. It’s the world’s largest ‘business accelerator’, supporting organisations to achieve their goals with the help of a six month programme which aims to offer specialist assistance to individuals who want to start or expand their businesses. They want to make businesses “backable, investable and credible”, and the results speak for themselves. That is to say, since it began in 2012, 88% of the businesses it has worked with are still trading to this day.
It doesn’t work exclusively with social enterprises and Lucy-Rose Walker, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, explains why in this interview. Entrepreneurial Spark operates as a social enterprise, receiving funding from private and public entities. Indeed, its list of partners is impressive, but that’s not the whole story, and Lucy-Rose Walker expands on this during our chat.
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