The Incubator

Kickstarting a new generation of ambitious social startups

After months of applying their commitment and energy on the frontline, tackling poverty and inequality in London’s homelessness services, care homes and schools, the Fellows get their teeth into entrepreneurship, through our Social Venture Incubator. Building on the success of 2013’s winning venture, Rootless Garden, the 2014 incubator features top social innovation faculty and a live crowdfunding event in partnership with The Funding Network.


We are challenging three teams of three Fellows to try their hand at entrepreneurial approaches to tackling social challenges with the support of some of the UK’s brightest social entrepreneurs, experts and industry leaders as part of an intensive 8 week incubation programme based at the Camden Collective.

We’ve been working with FutureGov, IDEO, Bain, New Philanthropy Capital, We Are What We Do and Emerge Venture Lab to craft a social venture curriculum to accelerate our Fellows’ ideas into going concerns. We hope they go from strength to strength beyond the programme.

With the expert support of our faculty, including Nishant Lalwani, Beatrice Burks and Tori Flower, the fellows will try, test and develop their social ventures following lean startup principles.


Every week will involve an accelerator session focusing on a different aspect of social business and a crit with an established social entrepreneur.

Our budding social leaders will have their ideas critiqued weekly, pitching to established social entrepreneurs including CEO of Frontline Josh Macalister, and the Economist Foundation’s Emily Evans.


Finally, linking up with The Funding Network, we’ll host a live crowdfunding finale on 23rd September where venture teams will pitch their ideas and progress for donations and other support.