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The Young Foundation
Organisation Details
Organisation  The Young Foundation
Type Accelerator
Address 18 Victoria Park Square
E2 9PF
Country United Kingdom
Profile Manager gregwinfield
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The Young Foundation is a leading independent centre for disruptive social innovation. We create new movements, institutions and companies that tackle the structural causes of inequality.

We work to create a more equal and just society, where each individual can be fulfilled in their own terms. We believe that little about the future of society is inevitable. Bound by our shared humanity, we believe we collectively have the power to shape the societies and communities we want to live in.

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As part of our practical innovation development work we run The Accelerator, a business support programme designed to rapidly accelerate the growth of innovative social ventures. We structure the course around the Social Business Model Canvas, addressing the 10 key building blocks of a sustainable business model through a 4 month programme of workshops, mentoring, financial coaching and advice from a critical friend. We end the programme with a Demo Day, where social ventures pitch for funding to a panel of social investors and grant makers.


The Young Foundation has a long history of both creating and supporting innovative social ventures that disrupt markets and create systemic change in society. Through deep ethnographic research to understand the root causes of issues The Young Foundation directs it’s interventions and support toward key areas underserved by public or private provision.

The Accelerator programme combines our research into the challenges faced in scaling social ventures along with our experience of delivering substantial programmes of funding and support through The Youth of Today programme and our Health Laun

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