Social Innovation Fellowship 2018/19
Year Here is a platform for entrepreneurial professionals who want to build smart responses to social problems.
It’s a new kind of education that’s action-oriented and real world. You’ll learn from, and design with, people at the frontline of inequality in care homes, hostels and youth services across London.
Our Fellows come from all sorts of backgrounds and industries. With an average of 4 years’ career experience, they bring an incredibly diverse set of professional skills and life experiences to the programme. What unites them is their brilliant personal qualities – like resourcefulness, humility and resilience – and their passion for social action.
Over 10 months you’ll focus on a complex social issue: educational inequality, the housing crisis, community resilience, vulnerable youth, or health and wellness.
Supported by a network including The Cabinet Office, Bain & Co, and Nesta – if selected, you will:
- Serve at the frontline. Your first 5 months will be spent in homeless shelters, care homes and community centres, learning first-hand from the people hit hardest by inequality - and designing innovative measures to boost your placement's impact.
- Build ventures. You’ll build your own projects from the get-go – from frontline innovations to startup social ventures. A third of our alumni run a social business that they founded during the programme.
- Learn from expert faculty. You’ll be assigned a personal mentor and receive extensive training from a faculty of more than 70 leaders from across the social innovation field – who specialise in everything from entrepreneurship, government policy, community development and service design.
- Find your people. You’ll spend a lot of time with Year Here’s team and faculty, and other Fellows and Alumni; these will become your support network, collaborators and co-founders. This is a unique opportunity to join a growing movement of entrepreneurs and activists.
Beyond Year Here
Our alumni go on to run the social enterprises they start at Year Here, work for fast-growing social start-ups or forge an exciting portfolio career.
They have founded 23 social ventures including:
- Chatterbox, a language tuition service staffed by refugees
- Ally, a chatbot that gives vulnerable young people the information and tools they need to escape homelessness.
- Birdsong, a fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos
- Fat Macy’s, a catering company that trains homeless Londoners to run supper clubs that help them raise a deposit for their first flat
Collectively they have reached over 3000 beneficiaries, generated more than £1m in revenue and received national coverage in The Guardian, Huffington Post, Independent, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Vice and BBC News.
Our alumni have been award 4 Shackleton awards, a Forbes 30 Under 30, Social Enterprise of The Year and a WeWork Creators award, among many others.
Who we are
Year Here was launched in 2013 and, since then, has run seven programmes with 126 Fellows and been named one of Britain's 50 New Radicals by Nesta and The Observer.
Our Faculty includes social entrepreneurs, policy makers and innovation experts – from Sophie Howarth, co-founder of School Of Life, to multi award-winning social designer Lauren Currie OBE and the poet Lemn Sissay.
There are no course fees
Unlike a traditional Master’s degree or postgraduate course, we cover your tuition fee.
Our financial support package includes access to loans, bursaries, flexible paid work, TfL discounts and affordable accommodation.
Apply before midnight Sunday 17thJune.
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