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Date posted: 6 December 2018
At the EY Foundation we have worked with a range of social enterprises on our Accelerate programme, and we’ve noticed some common traits in the brilliant entrepreneurs we work with. They are focussed, resilient and dedicated to the cause of making the world a better place.
During the twelve months on the programme, we embark on a journey with our cohort, learning a few lessons of our own along the way – one of the major ones being the importance of networking and working collaboratively for the greater good. Many hands make light work and we can create far greater impact and provide a more valuable programme offering to our cohort by working with others. We’ve been blown away by people’s readiness to support and collaborate, most recently with our crowdfunding event with The Funding Network.
As Accelerate develops and grows we are continually seeking to innovate our programme and give the inspiring social enterprises we work wider access to the Foundation’s supporters.
Three of the enterprises in our Accelerate network – Bottles of Hope, Salford Red Devils Foundation and Renaissance Foundation – seized the opportunity and moved the audience with six minute pitches on their ventures. We didn’t want the evening to be solely about raising funds, because with the Accelerate programme we see that practical support is just as valuable, so pledges of expertise, shared networks and opening doors were also encouraged. From marketing advice, support on writing grant applications and even a pledge to take on physical fundraising challenges in aid of one social enterprise, our guests did not disappoint.
The event gave more of our supporters a chance to see the live impact of their donations and pro bono support, encouraging more people to step forward and take the initiative in using their professional knowledge to support smaller, growing profit with purpose entities.
The night left our guests feeling inspired by the projects that pitched but also by the generosity shown by such a committed audience.