Innovation & Enterprise


An introduction to social enterprise: from theory to practice

11 June 2024, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Group of people working together at a training event at UCL BaseKX

Learn what social entrepreneurship is and how to set up your own social enterprise. Free 2-hour beginners’ workshop for students, staff and recent graduates.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students | UCL alumni




UCL Innovation & Enterprise


103c Camley Street


Social enterprises are businesses which help people and communities. They use their profits make a real social and environmental impact. They can be big or small, and exist in every sector of the economy. 

In this workshop you’ll learn about social enterprise theory and what to consider when setting one up. You’ll also explore examples from the UK and beyond and the ‘state of the sector’ globally.

Who it’s for

Entrepreneurship is for everyone.

This workshop is for students, staff and recent graduates (within 3 years of graduating) who are new to entrepreneurship.

You don't need any business experience or an idea for a social enterprise to attend.

What you’ll learn

This workshop will cover:

  • the theory of social enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • practical examples of how social enterprises work in the UK and beyond
  • key statistics and an overview of the ‘state of the sector’ globally

What to expect

This is an interactive, activity-based workshop held at BaseKX, UCL’s entrepreneurship hub in King’s Cross.

In groups you’ll discuss topical, well known examples of social enterprise, as well as your own entrepreneurial journeys, personal stories and motivations.

About the tutor

Peter Ptashko is a social entrepreneur, funder and supporter of social entrepreneurs. He has over 15 years of experience working in the field of social enterprise globally. He launched his first venture in 2005, raising £25,000 in only 7 hours. Since then, he’s worked for UnLtd: the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs, supporting thousands of social entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.


If there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible for you, please let us know by emailing entrepreneurship@ucl.ac.uk


Filming and photography will take place at this event for promotional purposes. The photographs and recordings will appear on our website and social media channels. If you do not wish to be filmed or photographed, please let a member of staff know on arrival.

Date and times

Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 5pm to 7pm. 

Book your place

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UCL BaseKX, 103c Camley Street, London, N1C 4PF