Our response to Coronavirus

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

These are incredibly challenging times, and we know that there’s a lot of uncertainty in the air about what the future holds for us all.

Here’s a quick run down on what’s going on for us.

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


Our 2020/21 programme is going ahead – although applications are now closed. Applications for our 2021 programme, kicking off in February 2021, re-open in September.

Inevitably the programme will be focussed on Covid-19 response – and on how we can seize the opportunity to reimagine the societal inequalities that Coronavirus has so swiftly exposed and exacerbated.

As most of our recruitment process happens remotely already, we’re shifting the other stages to live online too. Browse the FAQs below and, if you have any other questions, concerns, or clarifications, just drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – or by email.


The 2019/20 Cohort graduated in June following a virtual social venture lab. A number of ventures are joining our incubator programme through the summer.

We’re continuing to deliver the programme for our 2020 Cohort. They continue in their placements – some are offering direct support to vulnerable people on the ground, others are supporting virtually. Collectively, they launched the #Clap2Act campaign as part of their 24 hour challenge.


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/or contact Head of Programme and Partnerships, Kirsty Turnbull.


Is the 2020/21 programme going ahead?

Absolutely. The next programme kicks off on September 1 as planned.

What happens if we’re still in lockdown in the autumn?

We’re preparing for as many possible eventualities as we can, including a virtual kickoff. Our current cohorts are both running virtually – with excellent feedback from the Fellows.

What will happen with the selection process?

Much of our selection process lives online already – the application forms and video interviews will continue as planned. The day-long selection workshops will now also be virtual.

Can I meet the team?

While we won’t be available face-to-face for now, our team is available online and ready to help. Drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – or by email and we’ll be able to answer your questions.