From a tool sharing library to products helping tackle period poverty; a magazine empowering young women to a charity building a father-friendly world, Good Ideas, has been helping the people make their ideas for social change a reality since 2011.

Good Ideas is now calling all budding entrepreneurs, social innovators and those with ideas that can change the world to apply for this year’s FREE programme – open now until Wednesday 7th November.

Creating a non-profit organisation can be a daunting prospect. However this free programme helps people test out their ideas, put them into action, in order to make a real, long-term difference to society.

‘If you’re considering creating something with social impact at its heart I would strongly recommend coming on our incubation programme. There’s nothing else like it in Scotland and it can be the difference between success and failure.’

Good Ideas is an initiative of The Melting Pot, Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation. The Melting Pot is dedicated to providing a wide range of practical resources and support to help people and organisations realise their ideas for a better world, no matter the scale. Since its launch Good Ideas has made this ambition a reality, providing a valuable incubation programme to over 70 founders. These include success stories such as mental health project and magazine, Fearless Femme; sanitary product provider, Hey girls; environmental enterprise, Remade in Edinburgh; social campaign initiative, Fathers Network Scotland and community resource, Edinburgh Tool Library.

‘When you’re setting up a new business or social enterprise it’s often quite isolating, you spend a lot of time working on your own because you’re starting off small. Being part of the programme has been really important, it provides a place where you can be with other like-minded people learning together.’

Applications are open to anyone who has an idea for tackling social change. Start your application here or book onto one of our Catalyst events to find out more. Open now until Wednesday 7th November 2018.

‘Good Ideas has literally changed my life. Being offered a place on Good Ideas at the end of 2016 gave me the confidence to pursue my idea, and with it, to pursue a radically different career. It made my idea – which had been nothing but a dream for over a year – more tangible and attainable. And the people in Good Ideas – peers and experts alike – gave me the support, skills, confidence and courage to start laying the foundations to make that dream come true.’