Early stage ventures can often find themselves floundering when it comes to articulating their business proposition. Social ventures frequently have even greater difficulty as they struggle to communicate both a solid business idea and a social value proposition. In 2009 I was lucky enough to be introduced to the business model canvas via a connection... Find out more
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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957
This week, the new and independent Early Intervention Foundation was formally launched by the Prime Minister with cross-party support from Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. This is the latest initiative in the rapidly expanding field of early intervention approaches and programmes for children and young people. As funding becomes increasingly scarce across all sectors, the... Find out more
The Young Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Big Lottery Fund and Taylor Haig to help third sector organisations to rethink and redesign their services, putting the user at the centre and improving outcomes. As such, we wanted to share the announcement from Big Lottery Fund to spread the... Find out more
It is surprising how many times social entrepreneurs fail to follow the simple steps to a successful and powerful pitch. I am often left scratching my head and wondering why. When you pitch, social investors want solutions, not problems. If they wanted an education on the issue, they could read a report or join a... Find out more
This is part of a new series of blogs commissioned by The Young Foundation Ventures Network. In this series, we will explore the journeys of a different social entrepreneur each month- what inspires them, how they got their start, and what they’ve learned along the way. Our first social entrepreneur is Radhika Bynon, Director of... Find out more
Before our partner schools begin our lesson-time entrepreneurship projects or challenge days, we are often asked to do a launch assembly to excite and motivate the students taking part. This is the part of my job I particularly enjoy – my 10 minutes in the spotlight, where I introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship.... Find out more
One of the key differences between a social venture and a traditional charity is that by definition, a social venture takes a commercial approach to solving a social problem. It sells a product or service to customers, putting the profits back towards addressing whatever issue it has chosen to pursue. At the same time, it’s... Find out more
Historically the need to monitor and evaluate youth programmes was driven by outputs: the things or services provided. Now organisations are being asked to articulate their outcomes for young people, and evidence the impact that they make. This change in emphasis is partly down to policy drivers around evidence-based practice, as well as the increasing... Find out more
The Young Foundation team were at the Health Innovation Expo last week, where the Excel Centre was buzzing with thousands of people talking about how the NHS can innovate. So above all the noise, what really caught our attention? The model Dementia Village really captured the range of innovations being developed to help people with... Find out more
In late February I attended a week long training session in leadership and community organising as part of our Building Local Activism work. Organised by Thrive Teesside, Church Action on Poverty and Wales TCC, I went to Manchester expecting a fairly interesting and standard week of training. But this was no standard week of training.... Find out more