In September 2017 Alice was awarded a place on The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and jointly funded by the Big Lottery.
The programme aims to give social entrepreneurs the best possible chance of success, through access to support and funding.
This programme has supported 1,300 social entrepreneurs in the UK since 2012 and aims to support people to get a new social enterprise up and running. Alice was lucky enough to get one of 180 places available across nine Start Up locations in the UK.
The selectors were looking for projects that significantly improve the lives of disadvantaged people or communities.
From the Harp was the winner of The Santander University of Brighton Enterprise award for the most entrepreneurial service 2016.
Alice won a package of support to develop her business including finances and mentoring.
The award was judged by a panel of judges from the business community and From the harp beat nearly 100 entries to the winning spot.
Nikky Gatenby Managing Director of Propellornet keynote speaker on the awards night said:
‘Dear to my heart was the Harpist for Health and Wellbeing, Alice – changing the day-to-day lives of people in nursing homes through the power of music. Alice’s talent with the harp and her business mind proved a great combination of magic and logic that made for a strong business idea’.