A BRANCH of energy drink company Red Bull is launching an eight-day workshop in Bradford in a programme designed to champion budding social entrepreneurs.

The company has announced that applications have opened for the first Red Bull Amaphiko Academy in the UK which is to take place in Bradford at a location to be confirmed at a later date.

The global programme, a platform for social innovators, which is already successful in fifteen locations - including Johannesburg, São Paulo and Baltimore - champions social entrepreneurs driving positive change in their corner of the world.

Amaphiko, which means ‘wings’ in Zulu, and gives a nod to the company's slogan, has supported, developed and championed over 120 talented, emerging social entrepreneurs through its programmes.

Amaphiko will select up to 20 innovators to join the intensive eight-day programme which takes place from September 28 to October 6.

Kamran Rashid, founder of The Socially Conscious Company and Amaphiko facilitator said: “I’m excited to be joining the first ever Red Bull Amaphiko Academy here in the UK, which will take place in Bradford, a young and diverse city with an exciting social enterprise scene and a strong community focus.

"The Academy welcomes applications from all young people in the UK who aim to make a difference in their local community. For many social entrepreneurs who realise their idea could make a significant change to their world, this is an opportunity for them to get their projects to the next level.”

The successful applicants will be brought together to connect and collaborate with some of the world’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs and storytellers including figures June Sarpong (MBE, broadcaster and presenter; Natalie Stewart, The Floacist and founder of FLO Vortex; Shazia Hossen (founder of SH Athletics and female empowerment advocate; Charlie Dark, founder of Run Dem Crew, DJ and community mentor; and Sade Brown, founder of social enterprise Sour Lemons, who have used their position to make an impact on causes they’re passionate about.

According to figures from Social Enterprise UK, there are over 100,000 social enterprises throughout the UK contributing £60 billion to the economy and employing two million people. However, Red Bull recognises that social entrepreneurs can still benefit from platforms for support and opportunities to grow.

Following the eight-day programme, each applicant will be partnered with a mentor to develop a business and personal strategic development plan, while receiving support for the next 18 months to level up their social project.

To apply to Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, submit your application here: redbull.co.uk/amaphiko

Applications will close on May 31.