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 Carpenter

Claire Carpenter
Founder and CEO

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.

Julie Ellam

Julie Ellam
Good Ideas Coordinator

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.

Helen Denny

Helen Denny
Good Ideas Facilitator

Helen has worked extensively across the UK and Internationally, facilitating group and individual learning. She has worked across the Third and Public Sector for over 20 years in a range of leadership positions. She is passionate about working with organisations that are seeking to make societal change and brings her expertise in this area to support start ups through to larger organisations as they explore their impact. She is an energetic and skilled facilitator, ensuring that she brings the best out in the individuals or groups she is working with. When she isn’t busy working she can be found aboard her narrowboat on the Edinburgh canals or up a mountain!

Joe Trodden Good Ideas Facilitator

Joe Trodden
Good Ideas Facilitator

Joe has worked with around 300 entrepreneurs over the last 5 years, from idea stage through to seven figure turnover businesses. He is passionate about the power that entrepreneurship has to make us a world leader in sustainability, equality of opportunity and global impact. “Scotland is uniquely positioned because of our talent pool, cultural connectivity and dedicated people to create something incredible, we just need to put the right people together at the right time. I’m proud to be playing a part in that as a member of the Good Ideas team and helping the next wave of social entrepreneurs to explore their ideas.

Megan Fraser

Megan Fraser
Good Ideas Facilitator

Megan has held leadership, consultative, and educational roles in entrepreneurship, small business consulting, and the Third Sector in the UK, Europe and North America. In addition to supporting 1-1 development, Megan is passionate about contributing to wider social and environmental impact. She is a Learning & Business Coach for the EU initiative, The Journey at Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest summer school for climate innovation and entrepreneurship, where she has coached 40 young people to create start-up ideas that tackle climate change. She is also a Developer at The Lens, where she is part of a team that develops intrapreneurial culture change in the Third and Public Sectors across Scotland.

Good Ideas is one part of The Melting Pot team. Meet the wider team here >>.

Partners

Our extensive sector connections enable us to form partnerships with sector leading organisations like Challenges, Firstport, Unlimited, Learning to Flourish and Glasgow Caledonian University.


Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy
The Scottish Government – Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy

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.


People's Postcode Trust
People’s Postcode Trust

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
SIKE

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.


Challenges Group
Challenges Group

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
Learning to Flourish

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.


Firstport
Firstport

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.


UnLtd Scotland
UnLtd

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.