We’re pleased to welcome 12 new initiatives to the Young Academy, our accelerator programme for early-stage social ventures that tackle educational inequalities.
We launched the Young Academy in 2014 to provide specialist business incubation support and investment capital to social ventures whose work improves educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people.
Our approach is to reduce inequality in education by seeking out new, early-stage ventures and supporting them through an intensive group-based accelerator programme of one-day workshops, one-to-one support, external social impact experts and volunteer advisors, and providing opportunities to test ideas and build networks.
Since launching the programme in 2014, we’ve supported over 50 ventures like Think for the Future, Inclusive Classrooms, 1Up, Fearless Futures, Smart School Councils Community and Edukit, investing over £750,000 in some of the most promising.
We are delighted to partner once again with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to continue this impactful work, which we’re delivering with our education partner, Whole Education and evidence partner, NPC. We’re also pleased to count Hogan Lovells LLP and Wolff Olins among our pro-bono supporters.
So without further ado, meet the Young Academy Spring/Summer 2018 cohort:
|2-3 Degrees inspires and equips secondary school students with the confidence, communication, and self-esteem they need for their future through specialist personal development training.
|Button Learning is an educational technology business that uses insights from cognitive neuroscience to develop learning software. Their first product is an app that teaches and tests spelling for 7-11 year olds.
|Career Accelerator supports talented 13-17 year old students from diverse backgrounds to enhance their post-18 prospects and prepare for careers in the digital sector.
|DivInc is an online platform that helps young people from underestimated backgrounds to establish their own start-up businesses by inspiring, equipping, and funding them.
|Shout Out UK is an independent youth news platform that provides young people with the tools necessary to engage in politics and a platform to shout out and be heard.
|TakeTen is a biofeedback app that helps young people manage their physiology and emotions. It shows them a visual depiction of their stress levels – via an iPad or iPhone – and teaches them how to bring themselves back to calm.
|GoCode Academy’s mission is to inspire the next generation of coders by giving them the computational skills and programming knowledge. They run after school coding clubs and holiday tech camps for young people aged 6 to 18.
|East learning helps schools to improve destination outcomes for students by mapping their aspirations and needs, identifying their development areas, and ensuring that the support provided is as impactful as possible and consistently improving.|
|ImpactEd makes monitoring and evaluation easy for schools, equipping them with high-quality evidence to make decisions that will ultimately improve outcomes for their pupils.|
|Language Futures seeks to increase young people’s access to languages in schools via blended (face-to-face and online) mentor volunteering.|
|Museum in a Box is a tactile, interactive way to explore cultural collections. Partners so far include The British Museum, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
|Bushcraft and Beyond delivers bushcraft and outdoor learning for young people to develop resilience, confidence, and self-respect.|
We’ll be sharing more updates and insights from the programme in the coming months.