Founded by our Fellows, our ventures have been backed by Nesta, Bethnal Green Ventures and The Observer.

They’ve collectively generated £750,000 revenue and reached over 2000 beneficiaries – from gang members and homeless teens to isolated older people and refugee women.



  • Fat Macy’s

    Roving restaurant Fat Macy’s trains homeless Londoners to run supper clubs, with profits going into a savings scheme helping them raise a deposit for their first flat.

  • Birdsong

    A fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos.

  • The Hard Yard

    The Hard Yard is a fitness brand employing ex-prisoners to design and lead tough bodyweight workouts across London.

  • Chatterbox

    Social enterprise Chatterbox trains refugees as foreign language tutors and connects them with students and professionals across the UK.

  • Storeys

    Storeys is a programme in emotional wellbeing and personal development for young people leaving care and establishing their adult lives.

  • Settle

    A homelessness charity that trains and supports vulnerable young people to move out of temporary housing and into their first home.

  • Juta

    Juta (জুতা), meaning shoe in Bengali, makes and sells upcycled leather espadrilles with socially marginalised women in East London.

  • Cracked It

    Cracked It trains young people who are involved in gangs or are at risk of school exclusion to fix cracked iPhones, as an entrepreneurial route away from gang crime.

  • The Middle Ground

    The Middle Ground transforms unloved and underused spaces into vibrant community venues that bring different social groups with everything from art classes to zumba.

     

     

  • Bread & Roses

    Bread & Roses is a social enterprise set up to address the financial and social isolation suffered by refugee women as a result of the debilitating UK asylum process.

  • Kitchenette Karts

    A healthy, sustainable fish and chips truck creating pathways into entrepreneurship for unemployed young people. Developed in partnership with Kitchenette.

  • Rootless Garden

    Creative, nature-inspired activities for older people and younger volunteers designed to combat loneliness and boost wellbeing.