A programme getting 109-year olds to play dodgeball, a therapy matchmaking service for BAME communities, and anoraks made from abandoned tents are just some of the most recent entrepreneurs to win funding and support from UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs.
122 social entrepreneurs have won funding and support from UnLtd this quarter to make their innovative solutions to social challenges an impactful reality. Social entrepreneurship is growing in the UK, and rather than being a trend it’s an upward social trajectory.
The time for social change is now, and the plethora of social issues facing the UK calls for timely, innovative and people-focused solutions. This cohort of award winners have the entrepreneurial spirit, ambition and potential to respond to urgent issues like homelessness, unemployment gaps for marginalised communities, mental health, at-risk youth, domestic violence, the climate crisis, and social and healthcare pressures.
This quarter’s cohort features a wide range of ventures tackling these issues, and the social entrepreneurs we’re delighted to award include:
Award winners at varying stages in their social entrepreneurship journeys received awards from £500 up to £15,000, for an overall £641,376 awarded this quarter. While the money makes a tangible difference to their business ventures, the tailored support UnLtd’s funding package includes is also crucial to ensuring social entrepreneurs can start or grow a sustainable, successful, socially impactful businesses.
Nas Morley, UnLtd Director of Partnerships and Influence, underlined the timely importance of the expertise and support on offer:
“I’m constantly amazed by the ideas social entrepreneurs have, especially as we welcome our latest cohort of award winners. Social entrepreneurs are true alchemists, taking society’s urgent problems and their lived experience and making innovative gold to share with their communities and beyond. This cohort represents that perfectly, and their unique alchemy is increasingly necessary in these trying and unpredictable times.
To help our award winners create long-term success and impact, we give them the tailored expertise, funding, and support networks they need. While I can’t predict the future, I can confidently say it will be a brighter one with the contribution these award winners will make to the lives of many and the society we live in.”
For each social entrepreneur we support, 727 people positively benefit, and we know that this latest cohort of award winners will go on to create incredible change in their communities and beyond. We’re excited to be supporting them as they lead the UK to a more equitable, enjoyable and empowering place.
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