Applications now open for The Circle Academy

Kara Swankie, The Academy Manager presenting at the launch night at Hotel Indigo
Kara Swankie, The Academy Manager presenting at the launch night at Hotel Indigo

Local social enterprise, The Circle have recently launched a new initiative, The Circle Academy.

The Circle Academy is a 12-week training programme developed to change the mindset and knowledge of candidates involved in More Than Profit businesses. The Academy will be delivered through a mixture of expert led sessions and practical learning. It will cover everything from mindset and people to governance and legal alongside unique income-generating tasks and mock board meetings.

The candidates will leave the programme with strong business and enterprise skills and the correct mindset to allow them to make the biggest impact! Throughout the programme, candidates will create a business plan which will then be pitched to an audience of investors, funders and mentors.

The income generated throughout the 6 tasks will go into a ‘pot’.  There will be 2 winners, each will have an equal share of the money.

They will be awarded in categories of:

  • Outstanding contribution in the income generation tasks, voted by the board members.
  • Best business plan, as voted for by the pitch day audience.

After the 12-week programme the candidates will have use of co-working space for a further 9 months alongside monthly meetings with the Academy Manager. In addition, they will have 9 masterclasses where they can continue to develop their skills. The opportunity for continuing support is endless, with The Circle Academy alumni, who will be encouraged to become peer mentors.

You can contact The Circle for more information by emailing the Academy Manager, Kara Swankie at

You can also visit The Circle website for more information and to download a prospectus and application form at

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