For the past six months we have been running Reimagining Rent, our unique housing accelerator programme in partnership with the Nationwide Foundation. The initiative supports a range of ambitious ventures focused on tackling inequality in the private rental sector, and our Demo Day on 25 April where we showcase our ventures is fast approaching
With the housing crisis taking centre stage there has been a lot of focus on the challenges of supply of affordable housing in the UK. But existing supply in the private rental sector must be on the agenda too, given that we’ve seen a 121% increase in private renting over the last few years alongside a steep decline in the provision of social housing and home ownership.
We believe tackling the challenges in the private rented sector requires fresh approaches and new collaborations. Addressing issues like affordability and driving up standards is not straightforward and through Reimagining Rent we are working with inspiring, creative innovators who have developed new solutions to make renting fairer.
You can find out more about our first cohort of ventures here. Through our ground-breaking programme these initiatives have strengthened their business models, improved their impact management and grown their potential to scale. Demo Day is when we showcase these ventures to funders, investors and commissioners. The event is primarily for these audiences as well as journalists and if you would like an invite please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Applications for our second cohort will open in June with another round in 2019.