James Teasdale

Head of Venture Development Team: Social innovation and investment

James is responsible for designing and delivering The Young Foundation’s innovation and investment programmes. He leads the Young Academy, an accelerator and social investment fund for education ventures, and delivers Reimagining Rent, an accelerator for innovative solutions in housing. James has worked across a wide range of Young Foundation programmes to build the sustainability, growth and impact of mission-driven organisations. These have included Realising Ambition, a £25m programme to replicate effective youth crime prevention services, and Amplify, which supports actions and projects that create fairer communities.

James sits on the Ashoka UK Ventures Board and has been a mentor for Ashoka’s Accelerator programme. He is also a Trustee of Smart School Councils that helps young people to become active, democratic citizens. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a degree in Spanish and Linguistics.

Contact: James.teasdale@youngfoundation.org

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