We are experienced social entrepreneurs who understand the lonely feeling of being the only person with an idea. We’ve gone through the dirt, the fear, the late nights, the worry and we live with the responsibility of leading a social start-up.
Claire is the award-winning Founder and CEO of The Melting Pot and a global pioneer of coworking.
Claire leads the strategic direction of The Melting Pot, including Good Ideas and the Coworking Accelerator Network.
Simon’s entrepreneurial journey started with a busy shoe-shine stand as a student, followed by a failed attempt at a magazine empire, before finding success leading a group of basketballers to re-open a failed community sports centre. He leads the delivery of Good Ideas.
Julie is passionate about working with people, learning their stories, and collaborating with them to connect with others. As a communications and events specialist she works with entrepreneurs and social innovators to develop their impact. Julie coordinates Good Ideas and is the glue that holds it all together.
Our extensive sector connections enable us to form partnerships with sector leading organisations like Challenges, Firstport, Unlimited, Learning to Flourish and Glasgow Caledonian University.
Good Ideas is supported through Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy, which sets out a wide-ranging, ambitious and long-term framework to help realise the full potential of the social enterprise sector.
Good Ideas has been supported by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Social Innovation Through Knowledge Exchange is a knowledge exchange programme to develop new social projects and products through universities across Europe. The Melting Pot and Good Ideas are practitioner partners within the project.
The Challenges Group exists to unlock the potential of markets, making them more inclusive and efficient. The Good Ideas programme runs at Montgomery Street Lane, the home of Challenges Group.
Learning to Flourish partners with Good Ideas delivering The Drive Framework of strengths to enable people to launch ventures while strengthening their mental health and adapting to the start-up journey.
Established in 2007, Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise. They offer a full package of free business support and resources that includes start-up funds, business advice, practical tools and connections.
Since 2002, working in partnership, UnLtd have supported over 16,500 social entrepreneurs. From starting up to scaling up, UnLtd’s unique package of support and funding helps social entrepreneurs to realise their untapped potential and build a better society for all.