What do you get when you take 18 social innovators who are tackling some of our biggest challenges (financial inclusion, transitions to work for young people and mental health in the workplace) and match them with a scaling accelerator delivered by Nesta and grant support from Cabinet Office and DCMS?
You get some pretty effective scaling up of social enterprises, including:
But once you throw in some time and energy from HMG and partnership support from more than 100 of the UK's leading companies supported by the connecting/convening power of Nesta, you get something really special.
The Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP) has been an experiment; it is an innovation process. We didn't know what bringing together these elements - business, civil society and government - to support social innovators with the determination and skill of the team at Nesta would achieve. Our hypothesis was that it would be something special.
Our early findings show that we were right!
We held our final innovator workshop at Nesta last month and we were blown away by the stories of success after such a short time.
Our six-month Inclusive Economy Partnership accelerator was an intensive effort including over:
And countless numbers of meetings/activities to set up partnerships between the social innovators and their new business or civil society contacts.
We are very proud of some of the great successes we have had so far including:
And we are so proud to say that we now have more than 100 confirmed partnerships at various stages of commitment and development. We will be sharing their stories over the next months. Watch this space!
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