Thirty of the UK’s leading social ventures are being announced today as winners of the 2014 Big Venture Challenge.
Over the next 12 months the social entrepreneurs will get intensive support to help them raise external investment so they can scale up their ventures to tackle some of the nation’s toughest social issues.
The winners of this year’s Big Venture Challenge include Bridges Self-Management which enables people living with long-term neurological conditions to take control of their rehabilitation and daily lives. Ten of the winners have a focus on education and young people and include The Alternative School which provides specialist education for young people who require additional support to succeed. Other winners reduce health consultation cost using the household TV, improve the speed of cancer research and lower the cost of interpretation services for deaf people.
The Big Venture Challenge is run by UnLtd, the UK’s leading provider of support for social entrepreneurs, and funded by Big Lottery Fund. The programme finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs and their ventures, helping them to scale up and find investment, providing them with match funding of up to £100,000. These social ventures are dedicated to finding and delivering innovative solutions to national problems and the programme aims to help scale-up the social impact delivered by the winners and their investors.
Julie Devonshire, Director of Ventures at UnLtd said: “The winners of the Big Venture Challenge 2014 are an exceptional group of social entrepreneurs tackling some of our trickiest national, societal problems. Their solutions are innovative, effective, sustainable and worthy of investment.
UnLtd will be presenting the winners of Big Venture Challenge 2014 at an launch event in London on the 14 May.
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