TEESSIDE University has been awarded £25,000 from social entrepreneurship charity UnLtd to help support social enterprise as part of a new initiative by the Higher Education Funding Council.
Teesside is one of 56 higher education institutions to be chosen for the scheme which will help individuals with innovative solutions to pressing problems in society set up a social enterprise business.
With a commitment to embed social enterprise in higher education, Teesside has now drafted in top social entrepreneur Kate Welch OBE DL to offer specialist support.
Welch runs the Acumen group of social enterprises covering everything from employability skills in east Durham to designing and manufacturing furniture in prisons and communities across the North East. It is recognised nationally for helping people into learning, work and enterprise.
She will work with university staff, students, external agencies and social enterprises to drive awareness of social enterprise.
“The combination of doing business and doing good makes social enterprise one of the most exciting and fast-growing movements in this country and across the world. Teesside University is leading the way on social enterprise with actually having a social entrepreneur in residence,” she said.