Year Here Summer Crowdbacker

June 2018

In June 2018, we were thrilled to come back together with Year Here at NatWest, for a dynamic live crowdfunding event to support the new social ventures of Year Here Fellows.

Supply Change raised almost £5,000 to support a new digital platform to enable social enterprises to have more impact in their communities by providing access to public sector contracts and support to secure them.

Since pitching, this new online platform is now connecting buyers and suppliers to social enterprises that deliver goods and services, and is empowering local communities.

The team is thrilled by their rapid growth since the event, securing investment, being accepted on the Allia Serious Impact Incubator, the Beyond Business Programme and the Women in Social Tech accelerator, and pitching at international events.

Their work has also been featured across media including The Times, Centre for Social Justice’s report, and were listed as Ones to Watch on the BQ Social Entrepreneur Index.

SupportEd raised over £3,000 to pilot a new programme to prevent vulnerable teenagers from being excluded from education through 1:1 support with the help of a psychotherapist and youth workers.

After developing the venture, the organisation faced unexpected challenges, causing a break in the development of the programme. Funding provided will be used to support new Year Here social ventures at an upcoming event.

Pomegranate Arts raised over £3,100 to pilot a new creative workshop programme to support asylum seekers and refugees by providing arts and crafts workshops promoting wellbeing, confidence, and to make people feel more welcome.

Since pitching, the team has run a series of creative workshops with refugees and asylum seekers, partnering with charities and other organisations like Housing Justice, Migrateful, and St Peter's Church Eaton Square.

"I didn't know how creative I was!" - workshop participant.

The team also has exciting plans for future programmes including artist development support and workshops focusing on community connection and cohesion.

Alter Ego raised over £3,100 to support their team of dyslexic entrepreneurs to create a new programme to empower primary school children with dyslexia to thrive in school and reach their full potential.

Due to unforseen circumstances, the decision was made not to continue incubating Alter Ego. Funds raised were returned and will be used to support new Year Here social ventures.

Thank you to all the generous givers who donated to these projects. While two of the social ventures funded at this event are no longer in operation, as is often the case with many new start-ups, both will take lessons-learned to inform future work.