Start-up Membership

In partnership with Firstport, we've created a membership category specifically for start-up social enterprises in Scotland. This is designed to be an affordable option to support the newest social enterprises in their first two years.

See our current list of start-up members. Join the themed Start-Up Social Enterprise Network (SEN). We encourage all of our start-up members to join this SEN.

Please get in contact with any questions about start-up membership: hello@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk


Who is this type of membership for?

This membership category is for social enterprises that meet the following criteria:

  • The organisation must be less than 1 year old.
  • The organisation must be a new entity. Established organisations becoming a social enterprise will not be eligible.
  • The applicant must have or be working towards an appropriate legal structure.


What is different about this type of membership?

This membership category has all the benefits of full membership at a reduced one-off cost of £65 which covers membership for 2 years, after which you can choose to become a full member. Start-up members are not eligible to vote at General Meetings.

There is also a unique benefit for start-up members which offers a mentoring service from suitable experienced social enterprises.


How do I become a member?

Fill in the online application form. State on the form that you're a start-up and put a zero in the turnover box. You can leave the default "Member" option at the top of the form. Once we receive the form we'll send you an invoice for the £65 fee.

We wish you all the best with your new social enterprise, get in contact at any time with questions or to request advice or information - we're here for you!