We know that people in every community have the talent and potential to find solutions to social problems. We have partnered with UBS to launch East End Connect in Hackney and Barking & Dagenham. We will support 42 social entrepreneurs in these areas to start, grow and scale social ventures tackling challenging local social issues.
East End Connect builds on the momentum and impact of Hackney Connect, which helped 175 people into employment and benefitted more than 2,000 people around Hackney. We want to continue to help people with enterprising ideas develop the confidence, skills and connections to make their ideas for social change a reality.
Our Do It awards give you up to £5,000 cash, alongside a tailored package of support, so that you can create a social venture to tackle any social problem you’re passionate about fixing.
Our accelerator, Thrive, will support 12 social ventures who have already demonstrated impact, the potential to scale and who want to improve employment opportunities for people distant from the labour market across the East End.
You can submit an expression of interest using the button below. At this stage we’ll ask you to tell us a few ideas about yourself, the problem you’re trying to tackle, and your idea to achieve this.
Expressions of Interest received on or before: 27 March 2018
Final submission date for application documents: 24 April 2018
Final decision meeting week commencing: 25 June 2018
Expressions of Interest received on or before: 8 Aug 2018
Final submission date for application documents: 30 Aug 2018
Final decision meeting week commencing: 29 Oct 2018
Applications for Thrive access to employment close in March each year with the programme starting in July.
If you're not based in East London we can still help you. We provide three levels of early stage support, designed to match your growth as a social entrepreneur. Many of the people we support progress through different stages of awards as their venture grows.
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We host a series of events throughout the UK each year. From classes and conferences, seminars and workshops to networking events and training sessions.
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