Your starting idea for an (social) enterprise or project is often just the tip of the iceberg – it may have come from what has inspired you, what you believe your customers or beneficiaries need, and usually a whole lot of assumptions about why people want your product or service and how you can make it work.
This workshop will introduce tools for developing early-stage enterprise ideas, building on market research. It will introduce the Lean Canvas tool, approaches for testing or prototyping your ideas, and basic skills for financial forecasting and testing the viability of your concept.
You will leave with a practical plan on how you can further develop your enterprise idea.
The workshop is for people who would like to work with others to realise a community-focused business start-up/project or realise initiatives within existing organisations. It will also provide useful tools and approaches for group leaders and facilitators who want to work with teams to set up community enterprises or projects, or who want to explore replicating edventure in their town.
About The “Start-Up Tools” Series of Workshops & Edventure Frome – A School for Community Enterprise
This content of this workshop is part of Edventure’s curriculum in community entrepreneurship, a collection of tools & competencies for working with others to create enterprises that benefit the wider community and tackle local social or environmental issues.
The curriculum has been applied to groups creating initiatives such as SHARE – A Library of Things and the Community Fridge both the first of their kind in the UK. Individual students have also gone on to set up initiatives such as Tiger Mylk, the Chester Food Assembly and the Pitney Farm Cafe & Shop, or to work with social employers such as the Mendip Health Connectors or the Bristol Adventure Playground.
The series comprises 4 of the essential pillars of the Edventure Start-Up Course offered as a menu of 1-day workshops. You are free to book any/all of them:
- Building Community Around Your Idea
- Research & Discovery
- Developing Your Enterprise Idea
- Project Planning & Governance
Facilitator: Johannes Moeller
Johannes is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Edventure Frome – A School for Community Enterprise. He will draw on his experience of starting-up community initiatives in Frome designed to contribute to a strong community, grow meaningful livelihoods and build a sustainable, zero-carbon economy that works for all. These include Edventure, The Welsh Mill Hub, SHARE – A Library of Things, Community Fridge: Frome, Remakery: Frome, Frome Wardrobe Collective…Johannes is also a qualified social enterprise advisor and has worked with numerous groups and individuals on community-focused start-ups.
What to Bring
Please bring a pen & paper, a packed lunch.
- This event is funded for residents of the county of Somerset of all ages.
- There is a £5.00 booking fee. Please, #nomorenoshows.
- Our funding does not cover BANES, Bath and Bristol. For a full list of eligible towns/postcodes click here.
- Booking is essential.
- We will ask you to complete some paperwork and feedback forms.
For the time being, we have created only 12 tickets for each these w/shops. If they are fully booked, please join the waitlist. We are awaiting further information and will release more tickets (on a first-come, first-served basis) if possible.
Covid-19 Safety Policies and Procedures:
We are taking safety very seriously. As the situation evolves, so will our approach. At the current time…
Venue: We will be at Frome Town Hall with support from Frome Town Council. Risk assessments will be performed and strictly adhered to. As the situation evolves, we may need to switch venue/move online.
Participant Responsibilities: We all have a critical role to play in keeping each other safe. We will email you an update before the course outlining what precautions we all need to take. For the time-being please be prepared to:
- bring your own face-covering and wear it throughout.
- use hand sanitiser each time you enter/exit the meeting room.
- keep 1+ metre physically distant from others at all times.
- stay home on the day if you have any symptoms (fever, tiredness, a new or continuous cough, loss of smell/taste).
- self-certify on arrival that you do not have symptoms, have not been diagnosed with or had direct contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.
Cancellations: The booking fee is non-refundable. If you need to cancel and let us know at least 3 days prior to the event we will be happy to transfer your booking to another of our short courses.
Please support us by cancelling ASAP if you can no longer come. Edventure Short Courses are always fully booked and often waitlisted. If we end up with an empty seat in the room it impacts our ability to meet our funding requirements.
If you have any questions/feedback/concerns about any of our courses, please do let us know by email to [email protected] or by phone on 075480 14066.
Feedback from past Edventure Short Courses:
“…It was run brilliantly and really well attended. As always there was a great mix of people of all ages, backgrounds and reasons for being there. The courses are always well-run, really interesting and accessible. I’m always amazed by the quality and experience of the teachers. I’m doing three courses at the moment – all brilliant”.
“Just spent 2 days learning what they do, why they do it and how they are inspiring other communities to take up the challenge too. Such fantastic course design, people skills and imagination! Engaging young adults, helping inspire entrepreneurship, building community! What’s not to love?!”
“Really inspiring, reinforcing and positive. Great presentation with pace and focus and enough humour to entertain too. Still thinking about it all and will keep doing so for a long time. Thanks for a lovely and helpful course!”
“Really interesting and rewarding morning. Will be looking out for other courses and the Hub space is amazing”.
“A breath of fresh air. The facilitator was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and action orientated but with plenty of interest in the needs and expectations of the group. A very motivating and worthwhile few hours!”
“Loved it…gave me so much clarity on how to be more strategic! ”
“A truly supportive, inspiring & creative environment..!”