And we’re off! Our latest Impact Accelerator in East London has just launched. We’re delighted to welcome 15 exciting ventures from across a range of diverse sectors – such as fashion, Fintech, health and wellbeing, transport, and more – that all focus on addressing global or local challenges in some way.
By Emma Mee
If you want to do something well, it’s a good idea to learn from someone who has been there and made all the mistakes before; experience is crucial. If you are venturing into the unknown, finding someone with experience who can act as a sounding board and advise on decisions can be invaluable – and that is where a mentor comes in.
How do you capture the essence of your organisation – and communicate it in less than two minutes? A concise ‘elevator pitch’ can be harder than it seems. It might be straight forward if the business has a simple goal with one audience and one product line – but to articulate an ethos behind an organisation that helps others create positive impact, in different ways, in different locations, with multiple audiences is far trickier.
While the UK is fortunate to have access to the NHS, we all know that the system is currently under enormous strain, with a huge over demand for its services. London-based startup Appt think that preventative healthcare could be part of the solution.
Founded back in 2011, Disability Horizons is an online lifestyle publication that aims to give disabled people a voice, with a strong community of regular readers reaching over 500,000 people every year. Volunteers publish articles on topics that matter to them such as relationships, travel or employment to help create an inclusive community for disabled people.
The age old saying, ‘new year, new you’ rings true as entrepreneurs are more likely to start a business in January more than any other month. With increased numbers expected to register their new business ideas in the new year, entrepreneurs continue to make ‘building a business’ their new year’s resolution.
With 62% of customers wanting companies to take a stand on issues they are passionate about, businesses are becoming more purpose-driven than ever. Procurement is a great way for businesses to create positive change, by simply including the likes of social enterprises into the supply chain.
Globally, we produce 2.12 billion tons of waste each year. It is then sent to landfill, where it produces toxins and gases which contribute to global warming and damage our environment. But what if waste could be recycled and used again instead?
If you believed everything you read in the news at the moment, you’d be forgiven for finding the closest sandpit and burying your head in it! In amidst the columns of doom and gloom reporting from home and abroad, there’s much to be read about the tailspin that companies like WeWork and Central Working are finding themselves in.
In the UK, 36 people become homeless every single day, and there are over 300,000 people currently registered homeless. But the real level of homelessness is likely to be much higher, as only those in contact with local authorities or hostels are included in the official numbers.