Bad Idea is a social enterprise based in Glasgow, which offers university-accredited training, competitions and a digital community to secondary schools on the subject of enterprise and personal development designed to give young people the skills needed to start a business. Incorporated in 2013 as a Community Interest Company (CIC) limited by guarantee, Bad Ideas was set up with the purpose of turning business ideas of young entrepreneurs from concept into reality. It combines this objective with its wider social aim of improving social-inclusion by stimulating entrepreneurial activity in those not reached by government and third sector support agencies. To this end, Bad Idea places particular emphasis on assisting those young adults from more vulnerable economic and social backgrounds to have the confidence to become self-employed and provide the supported needed to turn their business ideas into a success.
Bad Idea is the brainchild of Anthony Gerrard, the founder and Chief Executive. This business was borne out of his frustration with the existing support for young entrepreneurs, a negative experience he gained while attempting to set up an earlier social enterprise. He was disappointed with the material on offer and the bias towards people from more privileged socio-economic backgrounds that he experienced in some professional networks. So he set up his own organisation.
We’re here to inspire young people to transform their futures.
We do this by encouraging their creative ideas and entrepreneurial attitude through our university-accredited training, competitions and digital community.
We promote equality through self-empowerment. We will revolutionise aspects of education and public services so all young people can realise their ambitions.
We don’t believe all conventional approaches do this so we challenge them.
Bad Idea? There’s No. Such. Thing.