In July 2020, Nesta and Save the Children UK launched Better Together, the first report of its kind to describe how startups and the third sector can collaborate for stronger impact. In this blog, we share some of our learnings since the start of this project and we explore potential next steps to support more collaboration between startups and the third sector.
The report was a collective learning journey with input from over 80 experts. We unravelled why and how startups and the third sector may work together, and what the barriers are that are holding them back. We hope that the report is only a starting point and will spark more conversations and activities in this space.
If you are interested in getting involved, please join this Linkedin Group or get in touch!
We were fortunate to have an excellent steering group to help us shape the research. It brought together members of nine organisations: UNICEF Innovation, the Department for International Development (DFID), ACEVO, NCVO, Bond UK, Good Innovation, Impact Shakers, CAST Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology and Save the Children UK. When we asked the steering group to reflect on key takeaways from the project, two things stood out:
We hope that the report offers a useful guide for third sector organisations and startups to begin their collaborative journeys. But more can be done to facilitate collaboration on both sides. We are exploring the following four options. If you wish to get involved in any of them, get in touch!
In the next few months, we will be exploring how we might take (some of) these action points forward. If you are interested in getting involved, please join this Linkedin Group or get in touch with charlotte.reypens[at]nesta.org.uk or Gwil Purchase g.purchase[at]savethechildren.org.uk .