Key moments at the Academy 2004 - 2015



Established by the social enterprise support organisations Senscot, UnLtd and CEiS, along with the Scottish Government.

The Academy's remit was to fill the gap in support for social entrepreneurs and the wider third sector around personal development, leadership and entrepreneurship. They recognised that these were vital to complement existing business support and training on offer to contribute to an increasingly enterprising and resilient Scotland.


Funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Social Fund to provide learning programmes in fragile and remote communities, and increase the participation of excluded groups in the workforce.

Partnered with the Scottish Government's Determined to Succeed to provide the Social Enterprise in Education programme.


In a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate in Education (HMIe) the Academy received four out of seven ratings as 'excellent', and three as 'very good. This is the best assessment by HMIe of any organisation in Scotland's Third Sector.

Partnered with other social enterprise organisations to deliver Just Enterprise, the support programme for the enterprising third sector.


Began to develop projects and programmes in other countries, leading to our social franchising strategy to ensure our long term sustainability and social impact.


Celebrated 10 years of learning across Scotland and the development of programmes in Australia, South Africa and Ireland.


Just Enterprise: Third sector partnership wins £5m contract

Third Force News

27 May 2019 Scotland’s social enterprises are set for a £5m fillip from the Scottish Government to help social firms boost their presence. The cash will be administered by the Just...

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Highlands & Islands Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2019

The Academy Schools Team

This year, innovative young people across Scotland have been setting up businesses to tackle the social and environmental issues that matter to them. 21 schools from the Highlands and...

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