Make Good

The mission entrepreneurship course

Make Good is a social/missional enterprise accelerator to help you turn your ideas for social change in to action.

The Make Good course in missional entrepreneurship looks at how pioneering mission can become financially self-sustaining.

It aims to draw together pioneer practitioners for encouragement, motivation, discussion and learning, and points towards practical outcomes for you by the end of the week.

You will be given practical advice on writing a mission statement, devising a strategy for implementing your innovation, how you can effectively and appropriately evaluate success and the options available for securing funding to turn your dream into reality.

There will also be inspiring stories of Christians who have already turned their missional activities into successful enterprises and lots of opportunities to engage with God and share your hopes and struggles with other pioneers.

Who runs the course?

Make Good has been developed by Church Mission Society, Pickwell Foundation and Matryoshka Haus. The week is led by a team headed up by Shannon Hopkins and Steve Baker. Shannon heads up Matryoshka Haus, an umbrella for social enterprises and developed the Transformational Index, a tool for organisations to evaluate success against criteria other than the bottom line. Steve is a serial entrepreneur and currently runs social enterprises in the renewables and social housing sectors, among other things.

What attendees said about the week

“Life changing, brilliant, dynamic, great networking, a place where dreams come to life.”

“It was a great week helping me think about what we do in both the general and the specific. A really practical module, well presented, with great people. You really pushed us to wrestle with what we are doing and why – and how to make it happen. The content and process was superb – and being away created space to think about it so that when I returned home I could immediately put stuff into action. I can’t say it loudly enough how valuable it was.”

Tangible outcomes

Ideas that were moulded and shaped on the mission entrepreneurship week are now being brought to life. Liane Kensett has set up a project called Orts. Orts is an old fashioned word meaning left over scraps. Her idea was born out of a six week placement with Lighthouse in Hull, working alongside and supporting women in the sex industry, particularly those working the streets, or trying to move out of prostitution. Then she spent time at the Edinburgh Fringe and heard about a “celebration of orts” being coordinated by a Venture FX minister in the city.

Liane takes up the story: “The blending of the two things has stuck with me and grown and developed. The week on the course helped move these thoughts into a potential business plan. Upcycling left over scraps into beautiful items we can sell, with the emphasis being the process and helping all involved to discover the beautiful value that they have too.

“Thanks to the generosity of Pickwell Manor we have secured the use of an old pharmacy in the parish hall right in the area we want to be in. Gradually it is filling up with donated craft resources and fabric scraps. We hope to get the table this week so we can actually begin making.

“Steve and Diane from the Imagine Foundation came to see the base and as a result of their help we are about to open a bank account and draw up a kind of constitution. It feels like a really big and defining step! Hopefully we will begin to build up a stock of lovely homemade crafts ready to sell at Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled for the Orts label!”

How much does it cost and how do I book?

The week costs £500 if you are a pioneer working in a charity or start up social enterprise.

If you are in the corporate sector it is £750

If you are in a foundation and would like to take part to support initiatives get in touch.

To book a place please get in touch with us by email. You can also call Helen on 01865 787439 for more info.