A co-operative platform for the care industry led by carers, a home share system bridging generational divides and loneliness, and game-led dementia support are just some of the 12 ventures to win a place on our Thrive programme for 2020.
Thrive: Solutions for an Ageing Society is UnLtd’s flagship accelerator for high-impact and scalable social businesses focused on improving quality of life for people over 50.
The bespoke programme, now in its second year, combines six months of intensive personalised support with the opportunity to access up to £50,000 of investment and powerful sector connections.
This accelerator is designed to give social businesses from all over the UK what they need to scale rapidly, delivered by our team of in-house Venture Managers and external specialists.
Although average life expectancy at birth is now 80 years, average healthy life expectancy, the amount of years lived in a healthy and active state, is only 63. By providing products and services that meets the needs and aspirations of people in later life, social businesses can significantly improve their quality of life.
UnLtd Director of Ventures, David Bartram, says: “I am excited by the incredible potential of this cohort of entrepreneurs to innovate in the health and ageing sectors, putting social purpose at the heart of this work. Thrive is designed specifically to support the challenges that social ventures face and allow them to grow and navigate a very complex market.
Our research has shown that social entrepreneurs play a key role in improving quality of life for people in later life, and through our accelerator we will enable this transformative impact.”
A few of the social entrepreneurs on the programme in 2020 include:
The full list of winners is as follows:
UnLtd award winners all have fascinating stories about their ventures and why they do what they do. My role is to ensure these stories are told and seen by the world. I want to make sure all the teams at UnLtd communicate their work effectively, and that they have the best tools to do so. I have a background in political campaigning, spending the last seven years trying to improve human rights in the UK. In my spare time I co-host and produce a podcast about technology and its impact on society, and enjoy drawing and making art
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