Next Steps Programme

Crisis UK and Impact Hub King’s Cross have joined forces to create a programme that supports Crisis members to launch a business. Next Steps offers start-up funding for potential businesses and gives access to educational workshops and mentoring that will help them to succeed. Over the nine-month programme, members will be supported to develop and launch their ideas with the expert knowledge and resources offered by the Impact Hub King’s Cross. 

Crisis UK is a national charity supporting people who have experienced homelessness. Crisis offers one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales. How they help someone depends on their individual needs and situation. It could be with finding a home and settling in, getting new skills and finding a job, or help with their health and wellbeing. Together with homeless people and Crisis supporters, they campaign for the changes needed to end homelessness for good.

Throughout this programme, Crisis will offer the participants a business/employment coach to support them, and a chance to apply for a startup grant through the Changing Lives Fund. Impact Hub King’s Cross will be offering a dedicated business mentor, and bespoke business workshops to help them build their businesses.

New Programme to Support Entrepreneurs

At Impact Hub King’s Cross we have been working hard to support our 380+ members through these challenging times, engaging them through our Community App, global network and business support programmes. We are seeing positive results already and we now want to do more to support the social enterprise sector!

We believe entrepreneurship is for everybody, which is why we’re excited to help Crisis members build their businesses over this 9-months programme, and show that anybody can be an entrepreneur and business owner.

Programme Timeline

This programme is divided into 4 phases:

  1. Aspiration – Participants take part in six workshops delivered by Impact Hub King’s Cross, designed to provide the knowledge to successfully launch their business.
  2. ApplicationParticipants apply to a Next Steps grant application, worth up to £5,000, to help cover start-up costs.
  3. FundingParticipants pitch their idea to an independent panel, who will decide on funding and mentoring allocation.
  4. LaunchWith support from their coach and mentors, participants prepare to launch their business!

This Programme includes

Participants will be able to take part in six business workshops delivered by Impact Hub King’s Cross. Each workshop is designed to provide you with knowledge to launch your business which meets the criteria for the Changing Lives self-employment application.

Mentoring will be available for eight workshop participants for a period of up to six months. The mentorship will be matched based on the participants’ needs and where they are on their start-up journey to support them start their businesses.

London-based participants will be able to make an application for a grant of up to £5,000 to launch their idea with the support of a mentor.

Programme participants will be given a HUB30 Membership which gives them access to our co-working space at Impact Hub King’s Cross where they can sit and work on their ideas, meet and network with other social entrepreneurs.

To find out more about the Programme, reach out to our Programme Manager Samira at [email protected]