Start Something Good


Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise. We offer a full package of free business support and resources that includes start-up funds, business advice, practical tools and connections.

We deliver an awards programme, which distributes money from the Scottish Government's Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

Firstport is also part of the Just Enterprise consortium, providing business support to start-up social enterprises across Scotland.  This includes one-to-one meetings with business advisors, workshops and training events.

Firstport also delivers various programmes for social entrepreneurs.

LaunchMe: Scotland’s first social accelerator programme for ambitious, early stage social enterprises.

Ditto: Offers aspiring entrepreneurs a range of proven "tried and tested" business models.

Vital Spark: A dynamic initiative based in Argyll and the Islands aiming to stimulate and support local people to turn their social enterprise ideas into solutions for the challenges their community faces.


  • Since April 2009 we have made 749 awards and distributed approximately £4m across Scotland.
  • In total, Firstport has supported over 3,400 budding social entrepreneurs over the past five years and helped to create two new social enterprises every week.

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