Teach First

The spark you need to make your idea real

It may sound clichéd to refer to Dominic Baker’s last three years as a journey, but as any social entrepreneur can attest, the experience he's gone through, following a path through highs and lows, taking an idea through to becoming a fully-fledged social enterprise, definitely leaves you feeling like you've travelled to new and not always expected destinations.

Having completed Teach First’s two-year Leadership Development Programme, Dominic witnessed first-hand the lack in high-quality careers guidance for secondary school students from low-income backgrounds. His decision to not sit by idly and to do something to address this problem likely resonates with those who work in the education field in the UK – from identifying an issue stems the determination to be proactive in finding a way to solve it. And just like that, a budding social entrepreneur was born.

If Dominic’s situation sounds familiar to you, Teach First’s Innovation Booster could be the spark you need to propel the process of turning your idea into a reality. This one-day event gives those with early stage education-focused ideas the opportunity to attend workshops and one-to-one clinics in a wide range of fields, led by seasoned experts who give tailored, targeted advice. Being able to network and connect with like-minded people within a community that is passionate about ending educational inequality gives start-up social enterprises a unique insight into what is takes to develop a successful venture. You can also take comfort in the stories shared by successful social entrepreneurs regarding the ups and downs they encountered on their journey, and take advice on how they overcame the bumps along the way.

Having attended the Booster, Dominic garnered the advice and encouragement given to him by experts on the day to build solid foundations for his organisation Future Frontiers, from deciding on the best legal and financial structures to scaffold his idea, to learning about the most effective way to build his team and market his programmes to schools. Future Frontiers then went on to become a runner-up in the Innovation Award 2014, and they became a Teach First Innovation Partner, both of which have given Dominic the package of support he needed to reach a greater number of students and to deepen the impact of his intervention.

This year’s Innovation Booster will be taking place on Saturday 8 July at our head office in London; for those of you who live outside of London, we will provide a travel bursary. Not only will the day be jam-packed with workshops, one-to-one clinics and networking opportunities with over 40 experts, but we are delighted to invite Ruth Ibegbuna, founder and CEO of Reclaim, to open the day with a keynote speech. If this sounds like your next step in learning about how to bring your idea to life, you can sign up, and don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions on innovation@teachfirst.org.uk.

The Innovation Booster takes place on Saturday 8 July at our London offices in North Greenwich. Entry is free. Book your slot now.