Our Innovation Unit began helping people turn great ideas into brilliant projects back in 2012. And, most importantly, these social enterprises are helping kids make the most of their talents across the nation.
We’ve been crunching the numbers on all the Innovation Unit’s work up to 2016 and the results are in.
- 527 people (anyone can get involved, you just need a brain brimming with ideas) have come up with 107 potential projects at our Innovation Series events
- 23 of those ideas are now growing enterprises
- 15 have gone through our Incubator (That means we’ve given them intensive support to get off the ground.)
- 10 Innovation Awards winners and finalists (find out more about our awards) have been given a total of £145,000
- That includes seven being paid a full-time salary for at least six months.
- And each year our Innovation Partners are helping more kids in more schools
The Innovation Unit has helped refine my ideas and vision, supported me to measure impact and create a resource that is ready to scale up and make a difference across the UK and beyond.
One of our Partners is Tales Toolkit, set up by Kate Shelley to provide storytelling resources and training to schools.
I heard about the Innovation Award in May 2015 and was thrilled to read that it was open to the public – I was a nursery deputy head but hadn’t gone through the Teach First programme.
Winning the Award has been critical in our progress to date. The six months’ salary enabled me to develop the idea full-time and the fortnightly workshops and support through the Incubator provided the guidance and expertise needed to get Tales Toolkit out to schools.