The Circle Academy

The Circle Academy is a practical and educational training programme for individuals interested in running a ‘More Than Profit’ business. The programme is open to anyone who wants to create positive, social or environmental change in a sustainable and commercially viable way.

The Circle Academy is an SQA accredited training programme for social entrepreneurs which is focused on developing skills, knowledge and mindset.

Along with one-to-one support and guidance with industry experts, the programme will provide the tools and building blocks to launch and grow a ‘More Than Profit‘ organisation.

What do we mean by ‘More Than Profit’?

Video created by Avian Studios.

Organisations or individuals operating under any legal structure can be considered ‘More Than Profit’ if they have aims to create positive social or environmental impact through ensuring sustainable, reliable and diverse income streams. You can read more about how we define ‘More Than Profit’ here.

The Circle Academy is focused on developing skills and knowledge in mindset, business planning, legal structures, governance, finance, marketing, sales and selling, teams and culture, social impact, funding and pitching.

The Circle Academy video filmed by Son of the Sea and produced by Avian Studios.

Pitching contest pot

At the end of the 12 weeks, the candidates have the opportunity to pitch their business to secure funding for their idea. The fund is a collective pot where we encourage donations and collect ticket sales from the online pitch event, the money raised will then be match funded by The Circle. The winner of the fund will be decided on the night by a panel of judges and the chance for the audience to vote.

If you would like to support our social entrepreneurs you can donate to the funding pot with the PayPal button above.

The Circle, has received funding from The Scottish Government to provide 25 spaces on the next cohort. The grant has been awarded to allow individuals from three target groups to take part in The Circle Academy.

We are looking for people from the following groups, please note that you only need fit at least one of the criteria to be eligible for the funded position;

  • those from or working in rural communities.
  • people whose business is in the environmental space.
  • young people under 30.

We are accepting applications all year round and we will let you know which cohort you will be a part of.

If you have any questions about The Circle Academy please contact us at

Photos by Yulia Skulskikh

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