Maggie Sikora, founder of Mapis, has been shortlisted for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award. Maggie is one of five finalists selected from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and has the chance to win £10,000.
Mapis, the social enterprise which Maggie runs, supports young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop new skills and confidence to increase their employability, through qualifications in fashion, beauty and retail. Maggie gave up a modelling career when she was diagnosed with MS and decided to set up Mapis to give people from all walks of life equal access to education and training opportunities.
On her award nomination, Maggie said: “It would be amazing to win the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 and it would make a real difference to Mapis. The £10,000 would enable us to equip and staff our new office space and increase the outreach of our Suit2Go service to help disadvantaged men in Berkshire into employment. Being on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, has helped me to increase the social impact of Mapis with the support of a comprehensive learning programme, business mentors and grant”.
More than 200 social entrepreneurs applied for the programme, with only 40 gaining a place. Following a competitive application process and a Dragons’ Den-style panel, the judges then picked five finalists to run for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, based on the impact they create, the growth they have achieved and the potential of their plans.