Engage Entrepreneurs

UnltdLogoBetween 2009 and 2011 UnLtd ran a two year programme, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, to support 30 people starting social ventures that positively address issues of an ageing society in England and Wales. Awards were open to people of all ages, but the over 50s made up the majority of the cohort.
 
The Engage Entrepreneurs set up ventures which mainly provided people-and time-intensive services to improve older people’s health and wellbeing. Four ventures received additional support after initial success including ThinkLife, reminiscence workshops for people with dementia in care homes; Project Pigeon, workshops based around a pigeon-fancier’s loft; Menopause Self Care, training and resources to help women through the menopause; and grannynet.co.uk, a grandparents’ website. Two were run by people over 50, two by younger people.
 
The findings from the project and Age Unlimited programme to back older entrepreneurs have been captured in a toolkit ROOTED.
 
For more information: http://unltd.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Engage-Final-report.pdf

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