Bringing enterprising people together in an environment that’s much, much more than just a place to work, The Melting Pot has become a thriving community of freelancers and startups. Some now work permanently from the organisation’s base a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Waverley station.
As well as a place to create, share and connect, The Melting Pot has also facilitated the Social Innovation Incubator Award, a programme of tailored support and resources for social entrepreneurs to make the world a better place. It provides a mentoring service, and the 2015/16 scheme includes both “Ideation” and “Acceleration” support packages for brand new enterprises and more established start-ups.
“We pioneered coworking in Scotland,” says Engagement and Events Coordinator, Sam Hulls. “It was originally created as a resource for social innovators; our ethos is to bring together interesting people in a friendly, welcoming community. We’ve got a really diverse range of members – from graphic designers to medical response devices – and some of the freelancers have actually taken on contracts after meeting clients here.” The Melting Pot hosts various events including the recent Women Social Entrepreneurs Chat Show, raising awareness of members’ work and sharing insight for those thinking of starting out. The spaces are also available for members to hire.