Applying to _SocialStarters as a volunteer
Thank you for your interest in sharing your skills and supporting a new generation of socially motivated entrepreneurs. We're looking for a group of experienced business professionals who want to learn more about making an impact and to support our mission to unlock 50,000 hours or probono business expertise by 2022. We are seeking a variety of candidates with strong commercial acumen that we can match with our start-ups (who we call 'clients'). In the application form below, we'll ask you some questions about why you want to join our programme. Plus we ask you to upload your most recent CV. Additionally tell us a bit about yourself, and why you want to join us on our mission to support social enterprises to be more sustainable. If you are successful we will be in touch within 7-10 working days with a formal offer to join us. Good luck!
Your Full Name
City/Town and Country
Which programme are you applying for?
London Consulting Programme (Summer 2019)
London Consulting Programme: (Autumn 2019)
What is your current or most recent job title?
Please upload your most recent CV...
Kindly tick which one is most applicable when referring to your English Language skills, for reading, writing and speaking:
2nd or 3rd language - fluent, advanced business level
2nd or 3rd language - intermediate level
2nd or 3rd language - basic, not previously used in business
How many years of professional business experience do you have?
21 years +
What field does your experience mostly sit within?
Strategy / Scale Up
Which specific area do you have the most business experience in? Pick 1 from below...
Finance & Accounts
People & Culture
Marketing & Comms
Digital Media Production
Investing / Investment Management
Sales & Business Development
Creative & Advertising
Business Growth - Generalist
Tell us more about your expertise, please tick between 1-5 of the following that you have the most experience in and would feel comfortable advising our clients in...
Getting investment ready
Accounting / Bookkeeping
Pricing Strategies and Promotions
Social Media Editorial & PR
Business Model Design
Linked In Advertising
Digital Sales Funnels
A.I & Chatbots
HR & Recruitment
Customer Services & Enquiries
Communications & Branding
Marketing Strategy & Planning
Digital Media Production
Marketing & Consumer Research
Business Plan Writing
Financial Modelling & Strategy
Given a choice, where do you see yourself adding most value with a social entrepreneur?
Start up: business model design
Start up: business model validation
Scale up: customer acquisition
Scale up: operations and strategic growth
Any of the above
Tell us an overview of your career history, including your key relevant skills & experience for this programme, concluding with how you think you could support an early stage and up to 6 years old start-up? Min words 100, max 300
What does volunteering mean to you? And what is your motivation for joining us on this programme? Max 150 words
In your opinion, what are the most important things to consider when working with the founders of a start-up? Think of 3 or 4 major considerations, plus 1 or 2 subsidiary ones.
Please tick which option best describes your work situation at the commencement of the programme start date
Working full time
Working part time 1-2 days a week
Working part time 3-4 days a week
I'll be on a career break / sabbatical
I'll be in between jobs
It's hard to say: I'm freelancing with ad hoc contracts
I'm a digital nomad
I'm sorry I don't know
Your start and end contract dates will be flexible based on the agreement you make with your client. How much time would you realistically be able to give to one of our clients during this period?
5 days a week
4 days a week
3 days a week
2 days a week
Flexible 1 day a week at least
1/2 day to 1 day a week (min 4 hours)
Additionally to this being a flexible virtual programme with real-world experience if you're able to make it happen, we'd like to trial a one-week in country mid-way activity for all Consultants to meet each other, do workshops (delivered by us) and to spend time face to face immersing in the world of your client. Which statement best describes your ability to take part in this?
100% yes! Count me in!
Sounds interesting, tell me more...
I'd love to but it depends on my availability
I prefer the virtual aspect of this programme
If you said yes to the above, or are interested in the idea of a mid-programme in country activity for the group which of the following statements most applies:
I'd love to stay in the same property as the whole group
Don't need accommodation
I'll probably book myself a hotel near the client
I'd look for a free room / couch surf / homestay
How do you envision your consulting experience playing out? Pick which one best applies...
I'd be a Consultant, so i'd share thoughts & let the client implement ideas
I'd be a Consultant but also like get my hands a little dirty where required
I'd like some ownership of one or two projects and to check in once or twice a week
I'm flexible - depending on what's needed, we'll work it out
Fully immersive - project management, advisory, general extra pair of hands!
In addition to that, your client will be based in London, UK. Would you like to spend some time working with them on a face to face basis or will this be a purely remote working experience?
I live in or near London & would love to work face to face with the client
It would be a 100% remote working but i'd do video calls as much as needed
I'm based outside London but would love to visit even if just for a short period
Not sure yet
I don't live in the UK but would plan to spend 2-3 months there
We like to place you with organisations who you'll feel a connection with. Whilst we can't make any promises and the list below isn't representative of the causes our clients work to resolve, we'd still like to know the top 3 causes you care most about to help us get to know you better (and this may be used in the matching process):
Homelessness / Rough Sleeping / Housing
Recycling / Waste
Health / Wellbeing
Refugees & Migration
Women's Issues / Diversity & Inclusion
Education / Training
Unemployment / Skills Development
Knife Crime / Violence
Fairtrade / Organic
Great! And can you commit to this programme now for the 3 month duration?
Potentially, we might lose a week or two either side
Unsure right now but i'll know soon
I don't think so, it's tricky knowing what i'll be doing by then
Statement of intent: if your application is successful are you aware of the programme fee and would you be ready to accept by way of submitting payment?
If no, when do you envision being able to sign up? (state the date/month)
Where did you hear about _SocialStarters?
Escape The City
The School For Social Entrepreneurs
Social Enterprise UK
Impact Hub Islington
Impact Hub Brixton
Impact Hub Westminster
Impact Hub Kings Cross
Boston Consulting Group
And finally, are you happy for us to email you about any 3rd party opportunities from our partners that we think might interest you?
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