Led by Wenta – who have partnered with University of Northampton and University of Bedfordshire to deliver this programme – this project focuses on social enterprises and start ups across the South East Midlands area.

What’s it about?

The project provides advice and support for entrepreneurs and self-employment, with a focus on increasing the number of start-ups, including social enterprises.

Our support includes the provision of one-to-one advice, workshops, grants and incubation facilities.

Grants

Seed finance grants for eligible businesses and social enterprises (all applicant enterprises MUST be less than
12 months old).

Start-up grants are available from £500-£1000. Applicants MUST have completed 12 hours support from this project in order to be eligible. The application process is managed by Wenta and the applicant is required to match the requested amount of funding.Social enterprise grants are available from £250-£1000. Applicants MUST have completed 12 hours support from this project in order to be eligible. The application process is managed by Wenta and the applicant is required to match the requested amount of funding.Both grants can be used for consultancy associated with:

improving marketing or sales;supporting website development;managing or raising finance;developing or improving systems and processes;recruiting and manage staff;business planning; andprofessional and/or legal advice relating to the business.These grants are delivered under the De Minimis state aid vehicle.

PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT HAVE ANY GRANTS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

Webinars & Masterclasses

We have a wide variety of webinars and masterclass to help address the most common areas of concern, our topics range from Leadership and Management to GDPR for Start ups.

OUR EVENTS ARE FREE TO ATTEND, DUE TO COVID19 WE ARE ONLY HOSTING ONLINE EVENTS AT THIS PRESENT TIME.

Incubation Work Space

We are currently offering incubation work space in the iCon Innovation Centre, Daventry for new start-up businesses and social enterprises as well as for individuals in the pre-start phase of development.

This consists of ‘hot desks’ and provides users with easy access to free broadband, free black and white printing and copying and flexible use of meeting rooms.

We will provide users of the incubator with one-to-one business support which will normally be delivered at weekly clinics. This service will be provided free of charge for six months.

PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT HAVE ANY INCUBATION SPACE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

How do I access SEMSUP?

Contact us at  business_support@northampton.ac.uk or 01604 892328,you will be greeted by one of our accredited business advisers who will give you an overview of the available support options. This service is free of charge.