Our response to Coronavirus

The impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on our upcoming Fellowship, current cohorts, team and partnerships

We’ll be updating this page as the situation evolves and government advice changes.

This page was last updated on 14/09/2020.


Is the 2021 programme going ahead?
Yes. We recently kicked off our 2020/21 programme and are preparing for our next cohort.

What will happen with interviews and Selection Workshops?
Much of our selection process lives online already – the application forms and Zoom interviews will continue as planned. We ran Selection Workshops online for our 2020/21 cohort and will continue to do this for 2021.

Can I meet the team?
We are limiting face-to-face for now, however our team is available online and ready to help. Drop us an email and we’ll be able to answer your questions.

Are you hosting events?
All our events have moved online. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all the latest details for how you can join and take part.


In March we switched to fully remote programme delivery – which included the delivery of all programme learning sessions, a virtual Venture Lab and Crowdbacker for the graduating 2019/20 Cohort.

As of September we have moved to a hybrid model of in-person and remote sessions and will adapt this according to future government guidance.

Our studio is open, with strict social distancing and hygiene protocols. We are operating a limited capacity with 2020 cohort consulting teams, 2019/20 cohort ventures and the Year Here staff team using the space on a rotating basis.


We’re in constant contact with our partners about the repercussions of Covid-19 and the lockdown. In March, our focus shifted quickly to Covid-19 response on the ground. Since then, we’ve begun conversations about how we can support the rebuilding of vital support systems – and the longer term project of reimagining society, without the structural inequalities that have become more apparent than ever. We are open to new partnerships.

To learn more, have a browse of our partners page and contact our Head of Programme and Partnerships, Kirsty Turnbull.