UnLtd, Thrive Access to Employment Social Enterprise programme

10th December 2018

Expressions of interest are now open for year two of ‘Thrive – Access to Employment’, an accelerator programme that provides intensive support to social ventures wanting to scale up quickly.

Thrive is for social ventures using business solutions to offer the most innovative ideas to improve access to employment for people distant from the labour market anywhere in the UK. That could be by providing training and support into employment, or through direct employment opportunities.

What’s on offer?

“Each successful social venture will receive six months of intensive one-to-one bespoke business support alongside additional pro-bono support from a number of flagship partners, such as UBS, Herbert Smith and Hogan Lovells.

Support is tailored to each group and can include:

  • Business planning, financial modelling and strategic advice
  • Raising capital
  • Developing routes to market
  • Accessing specialist advice
  • Developing governance and leadership
  • Evidencing impact and refining your theory of change

UnLtd is also offering the opportunity to secure up to £50,000 of repayable capital if it is appropriate for your organisation’s growth plans.


The expression of interest deadline is 14 February 2019 and then the application deadline is 28 February 2019. The programme will run from June to December 2019.


Contact Cathryn Chrimes, Ventures Manager at UnLtd email CathrynChrimes@unltd.org.uk or telephone 07545 933812.