Social Shifters - Our Time For Change

Want to make change in the world? Have a great idea that solves a social or environmental problem, but don’t know where to start? Want to create change, but don’t have an outlet?

Whatever change you want to make, it doesn’t happen without help.

That help starts here.

The University of Glasgow is partnering with Social Shifters - empowering you to explore, start, and grow your ideas. Get FREE access to specialist digital learning resources and for those ready to take the next steps, we provide one-to-one on campus start-up advice.

Social Shifters aims to support and grow change activity in universities across the UK, because all change starts with one thing — an idea.


Whether you want to solve local or global problems, Social Shifters enables you to explore, start, and grow ideas that can change the world.

Our time for change is now. Be part of the social shift.

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Steps to Startup - E-Learning for University of Glasgow Changemakers

Steps to Startup E-learning Program - Get on the front foot

Got a burning idea that will change our world but don’t know how to get it off the ground? Social Shifters can help you get your feet on the ground.

Steps to Startup is an e-learning launchpad programme for social and environmental entrepreneurs - and it’s available to you now for free. If you’ve spotted an opportunity for change and are ready to take your idea to the next level, you’ll quickly learn how to do just that in Steps to Startup.

Maybe you want to know how to better define your social or environmental problem; discover how to build support for your cause; where to find your customers; or maybe you are interested in learning more about socially / environmentally focused business models?

The Steps to Startup E-learning program is made up of 8 easy to follow, video-based courses with everything you need to know about social purpose business startup:

  • Course 1: Defining the Problem
  • Course 2: Planning Your Social Impact
  • Course 3: Building Support For Your Cause
  • Course 4: Testing Your Ideas on a Small Scale
  • Course 5: Finding Your Customers
  • Course 6: Designing Your Business Model
  • Course 7: Securing the Funding
  • Course 8: Getting Ready for Take-Off

Whether you want to solve local or global problems - Steps to Startup will take you quickly from idea to entrepreneur!


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One to One Support

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Does a better future for people and the planet lie in your mind?

At the University of Glasgow we actively encourage our staff, students and alumni to develop entrepreneurial skills. If you have an idea to change the world, need support to develop it and get it ready for launch, then we can help with one-to-one support.

To help you to take the next step, we’ve partnered with Social Shifters to empower you to explore, start, and grow your social or environmental business idea. 

Depending on what stage you are at, you can access one-to-one support through the Social Shifters programme from a specialist consultant/advisor from Firstport, Scotland’s agency for start-up social enterprises. This is designed to support you throughout your start-up journey and help get your social or environmental business idea out into the world!

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