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

They’ve collectively generated £500,000 revenue and reached over 1000 beneficiaries – from gang members and homeless teens to isolated older people and refugee women.



  • 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.

     

     

  • Birdsong

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Hard Yard

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

  • Misc.

    An ethical clearance company that redistributes furniture to vulnerable people. Misc takes reusable furniture from emptied properties and gives it to those in need.

  • Juta

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

  • Settle

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

  • Chatterbox

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

  • The Radicle Project

    The Radicle Project is a programme of holistic learning, helping teenagers to find identity, meaning, and purpose in life by connecting them to the natural world.

  • MyHepC

    An online platform that connects Hepatitis C patients who aren’t able to access treatment via the NHS to alternative options.

  • Rootless Garden

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

  • Kitchenette Karts

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

  • Storeys

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

  • 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.

  • Curiosity Club

    A programme that challenges unconfident teenagers in inner city schools to explore something they are curious about, in order to develop critical non-cognitive skills.