In collaboration with the Peter Jones Foundation, Be The Future is a brand-new social enterprise competition for learners in school or college.

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What is the Be the Future challenge?

The challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or equality. We want to hear your ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues. 

The social enterprise should: 

  • Address a social or environmental issue
  • Link to one of the UN’s sustainable development goals
  • Be able to make a profit through selling a product or a service

Entries are reviewed in relation to the following criteria:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Viability
  • Sustainability and impact

Submissions are categorised by learners' Key Stage.

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business focused on the selling of either products or services that address social and environmental issues. They generate income, like other businesses, but will invest the majority of their profits into the cause they are aiming to address. They blend entrepreneurial skills from the private sector with values of public service.

Can I enter?

The date for entries to the 2020 Be The Future challenge has closed.

The competition will return in 2021.