GCU has established an incubation unit, Uhatch, specialised in supporting social enterprises and value-led SMEs, helping them to demonstrate the positive societal impact they have within the region and beyond.

GCU is channelling its experience in impact measurement and evaluation in collaboration with entities such as First Port (Scotland’s social enterprise development agency) and Challenges Worldwide (a charity that helps business to grow in developing economies) to help companies both within UHatch and beyond to measure their environmental impact.

The unit uses appropriate methodologies such as theory of change, logic model or Scotland Can B, and identifying performance indicators and proxy measures aligned to intended results and designing systems for routine data collection. Companies hosted by the incubator have received rewards from Converge, Edge, RSE and other bodies.

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