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Social Venture Development Coordinator 

Employer: University of the Arts London
Location: Hybrid – UAL High Holborn/Home
Salary: £38,359 to £40,357 per annum
Contract: Full time
Hours: Full time

Job description

The opportunity

Are you passionate about driving social change through innovative ventures? The London Social Venture Fund (LSVF), supported by Research England, is seeking two proactive and visionary Social Venture Development Coordinators. As a cross University venture, one post will be based at the University of the Arts London (UAL) and another at London Metropolitan University (LMU).

As a Social Venture Development Coordinator, you will play a vital role in helping new ideas that can make the world a better place get off the ground. You'll work with universities and students, guiding them as they turn their big ideas into real businesses that can help people. This means helping them understand how to get their business started, connect with people who can fund them, and find their first customers. You're not just doing a job; you're helping create businesses that that will make a big impact in society.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with a vibrant network of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to foster a thriving ecosystem of social venture opportunities.
  • Guiding students and graduates through the process of commercialisation, including applying to venture builders, accelerators, and mentoring opportunities.
  • Spearheading events to give emerging social ventures prime market access.
  • Building and managing key relationships with stakeholders, including investors, government agencies, and IP specialists.

Candidate Note: If you have a preferred work location (UAL or LMU) please state in the further information section.

About you

We're seeking someone who knows the ins and outs of social ventures and has successfully supported start-ups and social enterprises before. You'll need to be great at developing support programmes, communicating, and presenting ideas clearly, and working well with others, always with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion.

About LSVF

The LSVF is a pioneering initiative, bringing together ten universities and eight diverse partners across London to spearhead the development of social ventures. Our goal is to tackle complex social challenges by empowering university staff and students to create and scale impactful social enterprises. This ambitious project not only aims to address critical barriers such as access to pre-seed capital and public sector procurement but also strives to support minority founders and women in their entrepreneurial journey.

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world.

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