Social Innovation Fellowship 2021

Year HereLondon16d ago

Launch a social startup in a year


Year Here is an immersive full-time course in social innovation, kicking off on 15th February 2021.


At a time of national crisis, we have an opportunity to reimagine society. Starting a scalable social business could be your best shot at impact – and learning on the frontline is where you need to start.


Over 10 months, you’ll gain deep insight into complex social issues and learn to build entrepreneurial solutions to society’s toughest problems – from the housing crisis to knife crime.

If selected to become a Fellow, you will:

·      Get frontline insights. You’ll spend the first 5 months working with the people hit hardest by austerity and gaining deep user insight. To deepen your systemic understanding, you’ll also work on briefs set by clients like Crisis, the NHS and the Greater London Authority.

·      Meet your co-founders. Our Fellows have an average of 7 years’ career experience in fields ranging from biochemistry to law, and from journalism to engineering. They will become your support network, your collaborators and, ultimately, your co-founders.

·      Build scalable ventures. You’ll test and build your own social business, with the potential to progress to our Incubator and launch it into the world. Venture teams are guided by expert partners like the Boston Consulting Group, ForwardPMX and BNYMellon.

·      Learn from expert faculty. You’ll get a personal mentor and receive tonnes of training from a faculty of more than 80 social innovation leaders – from award-winning social designer Lauren Currie OBE to Nishant Lalwani, Managing Director at Luminate.


Beyond Year Here

Finish the programme with a venture and you’ll get seed funding, business support, desk-space and client introductions to launch your business.

Our alumni have launched 39 social ventures including: 

·      Chatterbox, an online language tuition platform powered by refugee talent, featured in The Economist, Tech Crunch and The Times. 

·      Birdsong the feminist fashion brand selling wardrobe stapes made by women paid a fair wage. Featured in Vogue, Dazed and Vice.

·      Appt, a HealthTech business that uses behavioural economics to help patients manage their long-term conditions – with multi-year investment from Innovate UK.

Those that don’t start a venture join other fast-growing social startups like The Difference, Switchback and Beam or lead social innovation at FutureGov, Nesta and Catch 22.


Selection Process

We’re looking for people with a solid professional skillset and an entrepreneurial track record. This doesn’t mean you have to have started your own business before but you will need to demonstrate that you have a bias towards action. Drive, passion for social justice and a strong learning orientation are also essential.

It’s a 3-stage process: a written application, video interview and half-day selection workshop. Typically, 1 in 10 applicants secure a place on the programme.


Apply by midnight Sunday 6 December.


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