£20,000 fund to back Ladywood entrepreneurs launched

“Life changing experience” available to young residents.

A new initiative to help young people in Birmingham to start, grow and build their own social action projects has been announced by Citizen Coaching CIC.

As one of 22 partners in the first national Do it For Real programme funded by Spirit of 2012, Comic Relief and UnLtd, Citizen Coaching is set to help budding entrepreneurs aged 16-30 to discover their enterprise potential and contribute to their communities.

With varied business interests spanning digital marketing, retail, counselling therapy and anger management, the team at Citizen Coaching will share their real world business know-how with up to 20 young social entrepreneurs in the Ladywood area. A pot of up to £20,000 will be used to make small grant awards to kick start business ideas alongside a tailored package of expert help, networking and peer support.

“Do it For Real is one of the most exciting projects we have been involved with in our ten years of business,”
says Martin Hogg, founder and managing director of Citizen Coaching. “The opportunity to make it easier for young social entrepreneurs to start-up and thrive is incredible. We want to inspire, support, resource and connect them to the dynamic social enterprise community in Birmingham. It really could be a life changing experience for those who are motivated and ready to do it for real”.

Do it For Real in Birmingham is open for expressions of interest. Anyone aged 16-30 and living in Ladywood can apply. Visit www.citizencoaching.com or call 0121 314 7075 for more details.