From October 2015 to January 2016, fourteen young people developed their own entrepreneurial ideas through creative workshops at Providence House and research sessions at Caius House. They explored the needs of the local area, went out onto the streets to gain support for their plans and invited the local community to give feedback. They also met with professionals in their chosen field to gain expert advice.
On 31 January 2016 they pitched their ideas to a panel for the chance to gain up to £2000 funding and continued mentoring and support to make their idea a reality. Find out more about the funded projects below:
Universal Language is a football and learning group for young people who have English as their second language. The programme works with teenagers who are struggling in school to help them communicate with others and integrate through football, giving them the confidence to believe they have the potential to transform their lives. That they can have fun whilst learning new things.
Baby Reign is a fashion campaign that holds a clothing line for babies and toddlers, as well as skill sharing events for young mothers to promote togetherness and prevent isolation in the local community.
What We Want is an all-female sports and mentorship programme providing opportunities for young women of all abilities, regardless of size, age, colour, race, sexuality or culture. Through themed workshop sessions involving physical education along with informative discussion topics such as sexual consent, personal awareness, empathy and emotional intelligence, young women are able to enhance their well-being in a safe environment and be empowered to take ownership of their lives and responsibility of themselves
The panel was chaired by Sunita Pandya (Deputy Director of Producing and Presentation, Southbank Centre), Kevin Osborne (Founder and CEO of MeWe360), Jane Ellison (MP for Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth), Darren Henley (Chief Executive of Arts Council England) and Sydney Sylvah (Winner of The Agency 2014 with Sydney’s Naturals).