Social Innovation Challenge

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Your opportunity to make a difference in Southampton through innovation and enterprise


The problem: Isolation of older people in Southampton


A million older people in the UK haven’t spoken to anyone for a month.

At Christmas, an estimated 500,000 older people will be alone.

Sources: Age UK; Friends of the Elderly


Southampton University research has shown the extent of isolation experienced by older people in Southampton.  Local voluntary sector organisations working in this area have confirmed that fresh ideas are urgently needed to make a sustainable difference.


The challenge: To come up with an innovative, enterprising idea that will help address the isolation of older people in Southampton.  Two teams of Southampton students will win start-up funding of up to £1500 and a year’s business incubation package to make their idea a reality.


Southampton University and SUSU have teamed up with Southampton Hub and Southampton Voluntary Services to bring you this exciting opportunity to make a lasting difference to the lives of isolated older people in Southampton.  This distinctive experience will enhance your employability and skills in business, project development and management, and social enterprise.


“Graduate recruits with enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are an asset to a company because they will be able to spot gaps in the market and innovate, and because they are commercially minded.”



There’s no need to have an idea already formed or a team in place, we will take you through step-by-step.  You will receive outstanding support provided by experts and practitioners in the fields of business development, gerontology, supporting older people and social enterprise.


The event:

Wednesday 26th November 2014

The Café, Building 42, Highfield Campus

6.00-9.00pm (Registration from 5.45)

Pizza and a drink from the bar provided


Book your place NOW at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-innovation-challenge-southampton-tickets-14316987495

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