Year Here is a platform for young professionals who want to build smart solutions to entrenched social problems.
Unlike a traditional Master's degree, Year Here is immersive, action-oriented and grounded in the daily experience of those at the frontline of inequality.
The story so far
Our Fellows try their hand at building creative and entrepreneurial responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.
We run two programmes per year, kicking off in February and September. You can apply for both the 2018 and 2018/19 programmes during the current recruitment window.
Year Here was launched in March 2013 and, since then, has run seven programmes for 113 Fellows who have collectively:
- Spent 70,000 hours innovating at the frontline – in homeless shelters, care leavers' services and pupil referral units;
- Delivered 26 consulting projects for clients as diverse as the Greater London Authority and youth justice charity Only Connect;
- Launched 18 social ventures.
We run two programmes per year, kicking off in February and September. You can apply for both the Autumn and Spring programmes during the current recruitment window.
Our portfolio of ventures include:
- Appt – a healthtech startup that uses behavioural economics to help NHS patients manage their chronic health conditions.
- 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, with profits going into a savings scheme helping them raise a deposit for their first flat.
- Cracked It - a training programme for young people who are involved in gangs or are at risk of school exclusion to fix cracked iPhones, as an entrepreneurial route away from gang crime.
These ventures are businesses with a social purpose, attacking thorny social issues from different angles. They’ve been collectively generated £750,000 revenue and reached over 2000 beneficiaries – from gang members and homeless teens to isolated older people and refugee women.
They’ve been backed by Nesta, Ashoka, UnLtd, Bethnal Green Ventures, the Big Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – as well as being recognised with Housing Excellence Awards, Stephen Lloyd Awards, Tech for Good Awards and WeWork Creator Awards. And they’ve received national coverage in The Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, Financial Times and BBC News among others.
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