Good ideas make change.

Do you want to turn your good idea into a new social venture?

Since 2011 Good Ideas has inspired and supported people to turn their good ideas into new social enterprises, charities and campaigns.

Making an idea happen can be a daunting prospect. Finding time to explore new ideas is difficult.

We’re here to help people test their ideas and make change happen.


The Good Ideas Journey

Catalyst

A variety of entry points, called Catalysts, including webinars, talks, events and workshops

 

Camps

Testing ideas at 1-day and 2-day Camps held at various locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow

 

Class

Selection to a 3-month sprint, called the Class, that includes weekly workshops and learning tours that lead to the testing of a minimal viable product/service

Coaching

Selection to a 3-month Coaching period of bi-weekly workshops with 1:1 expert input alongside co-coaching from other Good Ideas founders

  • Andy Hyde, Go upstream

    Andy Hyde, Upstream

  • Callum MacKinnon

    Callum MacKinnon, Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service CIC

  • Celia Hodson

    Celia Hodson, Hey Girls

  • Kenneth Allan Repurposing of Empty Buildings for Beneficial Homeless Use

    Kenneth Allan, Repurposing of Empty Buildings for Beneficial Homeless Use

  • Lauren McLaughlin Spilt Milk

    Lauren McLaughlin, Spilt Milk

  • Lauren Jarvis Pets in Crisis

    Lauren Jarvis, Pets in Crisis

  • Maria Perez, Scotland’s Social Way

    Maria Perez, Scotland’s Social Way

  • Nicola Lamberton & Keith Murray, Duncan Place

    Nicola Lamberton & Keith Murray, Duncan Place: Your Space

  • Roz Adams

    Roz Adams, Listen Up

  • Christina Cran, Wee Seeds

  • Emily Beardsmore

    Emily Beardsmore, Exploring Participation

  • Eve Hepburn

    Fearless Femme, Eve Hepburn

Ready to start your project?

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

  • It’s been really great to be surrounded by a community of people that are equally passionate, like-minded, to have the frameworks and structures to start approaching my idea and making it into a business.
  • I have grown in many ways I had not thought possible, learning more than I ever knew I needed to know, and have met so many wonderful people who have taught me so many wonderful things.
  • I've been thinking about these concepts for years and I think that without Good Ideas, I would be still thinking about them and wouldn't have the courage to take them forward
  • My idea would not have gone anywhere. [Good Ideas] created the space I needed in a cluttered life to nurture it, to give it the first signs of life.

Good Ideas – Make Change

From a tool sharing library to products helping tackle period poverty; a magazine empowering young women to a charity building a father-friendly

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