Sir Harvey McGrath, co-chair of the University of Cambridge campaign (St Catharine’s 1971), has made a donation of £430,000 to Social Incubator East (SIE), a programme at the Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School that supports and mentors entrepreneurial ventures that benefit society.
Sir Harvey’s donation will help SIE operate for the next two years, providing high quality training and networking weekends for social ventures as well as intensive support within a social incubator. So far, there have been six Social Venture Weekends at Cambridge Judge coordinated by Social Incubator East, and the most promising ventures are selected from each Weekend to join the SIE incubator in order to develop their socially minded businesses further.
Sir Harvey said: “It is vital that entrepreneurship that has genuine social impact should be supported, particularly in its early stages, and SIE is extremely effective in providing that support.”
SIE runs a series of weekends throughout the year helping social entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, and provides a year’s programme of intensive support to social ventures with high growth and social impact potential. This support includes regular business advice and coaching, free shared workspace if required, and help in accessing loan finance. Over 300 people have enjoyed the weekends and 50 joined the incubator to date.
Social Incubator East is supporting a range of businesses that have positive social impacts in fields including health, transport, housing, aging and education – from local to global in scale – ranging from technology start-ups to university spinouts. The programme is designed for people who will drive their businesses forward to create real, scalable, lasting social change.
SIE was launched in 2014 by a partnership including Allia, Cambridge Judge Business School, Foundation East and Keystone Development Trust.