Ambessa Play develops DIY STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) toy kits and workshops for children aged five to 15. The company is a social enterprise operating on a one-for-one model. For every kit purchased in the UK, a displaced child out of school receives one for free.
Ardh is an online marketplace and community of culturally diverse ethical brands and consumers.
Their platform will allow consumers to shop according to their values, from culturally diverse ethical brands, in one place, and to connect with one another to build a community passionate about ethical living.
Ardh’s mission is to empower culturally diverse brands and consumers to champion their heritage and values of sustainability through ethical living.
Blossom delivers online education to expectant and new parents. Their aim is to ensure that all parents are able to access impartial, evidence-based education that increases confidence and enables them to have a positive start to their parenting journey.
Blossom’s mission is to reduce isolation, improve mental health outcomes and facilitate positive parent-infant relationships through their bespoke educational offering.
Clobber & Sprout is an online, vintage clothing, personal styling platform. Customers fill out a style survey and receive a box of five to ten pieces of specially selected, everyday vintage clothing in the post to try on for seven to 30 days. At the end of this period, customers can buy anything they want to keep at discounted prices compared to high-street vintage stores.
Echobubbles produces and facilitates immersive events for businesses in the cloud.
Using its own proprietary web-based platform, Echobubbles is on a mission to encourage businesses to favour its own highly accessible, environmentally friendly virtual events in favour of high-emission, multi delegate physical events.
Ellie Finch provides the gold standard in training on the use of video games, such as Minecraft, in therapy so that vulnerable children receive high quality therapy.
By providing gold standard training on how to use video games therapeutically, safely and effectively, their mission is to make high quality therapy using video games available to vulnerable children who would otherwise not have engaged in therapy due to the stigma that surrounds therapy and mental health issues.
Goodery is an online local, organic grocery store that connects local farmers, ethical businesses and conscious consumers via a weekly zero emissions delivery service. Founded as a response to COVID-19 in Norwich, Norfolk, they have designed a business model that supports the local economy, conscious consumers and the earth.
It’s Our Planet Too is a brand that aims to inspire our children to love and care for the environment. They want them to become little eco-heroes who are empowered to make a difference. It’s Our Planet Too is all about eco fun for children.
Lumino is on a mission to bring better mental health to everyone.
Right now, one in five people are experiencing a mental health problem. However, most will have not had access to effective treatment.
Lumino’s goal is to reinvent how mental health treatment is delivered, through developing truly scalable, evidence-based digital therapeutic programmes. The team combines a strong focus on clinical outcomes with great design.
Pallet Aid nurtures community humanitarian material aid collection groups though direct support and by organising and running shipments of aid to support people in need, with particular focus on people experiencing international displacement (refugees), statelessness, and/or homelessness or vulnerable housing.
Paws & Pause is a socially conscious dog day care, based in Brixton, South London. Paws & Pause look after people’s dogs by providing professional day care, whilst also delivering traineeships for people in long term unemployment due to mental illness and substance addiction. Paws & Pause believe in creating a fun, safe, caring and welcoming space for trainees, staff, customers and dogs.
Sparkfire Marketing is a marketing agency which provides marketing and creative services to help businesses grow.
Sparkfire Marketing recruits, trains and mentors young aspiring marketers and creatives in emerging markets who work with an experienced in-house team to deliver high-quality marketing and creative services.
Sparkfire’s goal is to address the unemployment crisis by closing the skills gap in emerging markets, providing quality jobs, financial stability and better long-term career prospects to help young adults get out of poverty.
Voices of Colour was established with a vision to empower under-represented female changemakers who are unafraid to voice their vision for a better world. They wish to support them to have agency to transform their communities, and aid their personal development journey. Their flagship programme, Forward Future, is a transformative digital skills and social justice programme for women from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
WorkFA automates the workplace adjustments process to create workplaces where disabled employees flourish. Their platform takes care of admin and compliance, and supports better line manager, HR, and employee relationships, prompting in-person reviews at the right time and flagging when adjustments are not working, for early intervention and correction.
YUM BUG is on a mission to change perceptions around insects as food in the West and take them mainstream. Their recipe kits make it easy to cook tasty insect meals at home with a range of delicious recipes and bug-based cooking ingredients.
The Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN) is a global network focused on accelerating technology growth and impact in Africa. They work to drive investment into the African technology sector by increasing investor interest and understanding of the market. They connect a global network of Africa-focused innovators and investors to collaborate and exchange knowledge through platforms such as their annual Africa Technology Business Forum.
African Origins produces certified organic Kalahari Melon oil in South Africa which it sells wholesale to the cosmetics industry worldwide. The company has also developed a luxury skincare brand, Nêô Sephiri, which features their oil as the hero-ingredient.
Against the environmental backdrop of a changing climate, with less, and more unpredictable rainfall, their mission is to create a market for a product that can be produced by remote, marginalised communities in South Africa.
AGRIinsight has been designed to be used by everyone involved in sub-Saharan African agribusiness including farmers, farmer associations, processors, inputs providers, NGOs, financial institutions, consultants and investors.
AmaElla designs and produces beautiful lingerie made from organic materials, such as cotton and bamboo, and ethically manufactured. AmaElla’s wider vision is of a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry.
Animorph is immersive media workers’ co-operative specialising in augmented and virtual reality. They collaboratively conceive, develop and deploy applications for both smartphone-based and standalone wearables.
It is a business venture but equally a vehicle for social good. They share the belief that immersive technology will have a profound impact on humanity and they dedicate their efforts to positively influencing this trajectory. They partner with research institutions to solve long-standing medical challenges that could not have been solved with the previously available technology. They want to tap into hidden human potential, minimise cumbersome interactions with the technology in our everyday lives and expose us to what is truly important.
With a focus on high quality local food, wellbeing and creativity the Apricot Centre CIC runs projects, activities, and delivers therapies for children, families, schools and communities in East Anglia and South Devon. We specialise in working with children and families in complex life circumstances, from deprived areas, and young people in care or who have been adopted.
Aspuna Group is the world’s first commodity fair-trading house, committed to generate social returns as well as profits. Initially focusing on Africa and the agricultural markets, Aspuna plans to expand its portfolio to include oil, gas and metals across a range of geographical regions.
Working mainly in Kenya, Baobab Circle supports individuals with chronic illnesses to face their own personal challenges though AfyaPap, a smartphone app and text-message based health education and coaching companion. The app helps people with chronic illness by tracking data and providing tailored daily health advice.
BeeBee & Leaf (formerly BeeBee Wraps) creates natural and reusable waxed food wraps in a range of contemporary designs using both beeswax and vegan waxes. Their growing range of plastic alternatives will help you to create a habit of sustainable consumption with no hassle.
Believe & Achieve Sheffield is an award-winning women’s gym that focuses on mental health first, in alignment with physical health.
In a world completely bombarded with unrealistic images and expectations of the female form, Believe & Achieve instil self-love and self-belief into their community of women.
Women go to them feeling lost and believing that only the number on the scale will be the measure of their success. Through proven positive psychology, accountability, education, support and community Believe & Achieve builds confidence, restores self-esteem and truly changes lives.
Central to Beyond the Classroom Education’s ethos is a deep belief that it is wrong to teach people to hate, and that our future generations need to be empowered to listen, think for themselves and recognise the significance of co-existence. Beyond the Classroom empowers teachers in areas of conflict around the world to encourage a culture of understanding, empathy and meaningful debate on pressing issues, increasing the potential for peace.
By standardising the interface between an amputated stump and any prosthetic, this social venture aims to diversify the prosthetics available to patients. Converting the limb prosthetics industry to a plug and play model will lower the cost and technical barrier to entry of prosthetics manufacture and provide patients with faster recovery times and greater choice. We believe that this will have huge impacts on the lives of amputees and the cost of medical care, both pre and post amputation.
Bird Lime Media creates brilliant, digital-first content for brands and they do it with diversity at the core of their team and affordable, on-point, beautiful results as their product.
They work with budding filmmakers from all backgrounds offering training and workshops to those who might not have the opportunity to go to university, and for people who can’t afford to take up free internships.
They offer skills workshops, paid work experience and mentoring to help people who feel like the creative media industry is closed to them.
They produce engaging, beautiful campaigns, promotional films, podcasts, case study videos and more.
The mission of Bricks for Autism is to make high quality LEGO®-based therapy available to children who struggle with social communication through providing training, resources and research. One in a hundred children are affected by autism. Many more struggle with social communication for other reasons. LEGO®-based therapy can support children with social skills, improving their self-esteem and connection with others.
This therapy draws on research from the University of Cambridge Autism Research Centre.
The Bristol Yoga Roots Project offers socially inclusive, trauma-informed yoga to communities in Bristol. They aim to share the practice of yoga out in the community to those who are often less likely to access studios, but in many ways would benefit the most from the mental, physical, and social benefits of yoga.
Bristol Yoga Roots Project believes that yoga is for everyone. They envision a world where the benefits of yoga are available to all.
Bush Adventures UK offers adventurous outdoor activities and development using the great outdoors for amazing experiences.
They provide emotional and educational development alongside adventurous outdoor activities for kids, teens and adults, working with the Scouting movement, the Wilderness Foundation, several forest schools and activity companies. They run all sorts of adventure days, first aid courses, stress management and corporate team building using the great outdoors as their tool box.
Cambridge Academic Performance offers a fusion of practical academic support and personal development techniques for students. We recognise that academic life is increasingly challenging and that students face enormous demands, both personally and educationally. We help students to manage stress, improve academic performance and develop their confidence.
Creative participation has the power to transform individual lives, communities and workplaces. Cambridge Community Arts uses the creative process as a tool to empower individuals by tapping into their own creative resources and improving their mental well-being. This results in stronger and more successful people, communities and workforces.
Cambridge Hub is transforming students’ involvement with social and environmental challenges in Cambridge and around the world. On a mission to remove the town/gown divide in the city, Cambridge Hub’s vision is of a time when University of Cambridge students are fully embedded into the wider community, with every single student engaging in social and environmental issues during their time in the city.
Cambridgene’s mission is to improve people’s lives through precision medicines, unlocking the power of multiomics to accelerate and de-risk pharmaceutical research and development. Our advanced research workflows and genetic profiling solutions accelerate the development and delivery of precision medicines.
CAP’s mission is to allow children to enjoy and reap the benefits of social networking, playing games, sharing and consuming content by strengthening safety on digital platforms and empowering parents.
Digital platforms are rich feeding grounds for predators, groomers, bullies and scammers. Children are left to their own devices and parents are struggling to keep up with the sheer scale and rapid changes.
CAP Certified is seeking to disrupt the online safety technology market by offering a community-led solution with school-aged children at its heart. Instead of age-gating, CAP believes that identifying children as real children is the key to protecting them online.
Capikooa is a child-led, eco-friendly toy company based in Cambridge. They make sustainable, open-ended toys using 100% natural materials.
Their aim is to provide families with toys that ignite imaginations, support child development and create endless opportunities to learn and grow through play. The simple design of their toys enables children the freedom to discover infinite exciting ways to play and enhance their creativity.
Career Accelerator tackles educational disadvantage in the UK. It is an education business that helps talented 13 to 17 year-old state school students from diverse backgrounds prepare for careers in the digital sector. Career Accelerator is working with a portfolio of leading digital firms ranging from fast-growing tech startups to some of the world’s biggest digital firms.
It tackles the lack of real-world career support in schools through its four-month career programme. This provides weekly employer workshops, monthly one-to-one mentorship and meaningful work placements.
The Centre for Education & Youth is an education and youth ‘think and action tank.’
The Centre works to ensure all young people can make a fulfilling transition to adulthood. It does this by conducting research on the root causes of the issues that affect young people and supporting those who have the power to make a difference, to do so more effectively.
As an organisation, the Centre is particularly effective in spotting the big issues that are hiding in full view, and in championing the marginalised young people who are too often forgotten and unheard. They produce high profile reports on topical issues affecting young people that include recommendations for both policy makers and practitioners.
Churchill Gowns is a supplier of high-quality graduation regalia to universities and tertiary institutions throughout the UK and Australia. They are seeking to disrupt the graduation market by offering a more sustainable and ethical service with students at its heart.
They provide academic dress that is up to 80% less expensive than traditional suppliers while maintaining focus on their core beliefs: ethical manufacturing, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. All of their graduation gowns are made out of recycled plastic, they participate in carbon offsetting schemes and donate 10% of profits to environmental and educational causes.
Promoting rewilding by facilitating citizen-led conservation of native endangered species. Citizen Zoo will provide skills and knowledge training to people and work with local conservation groups who will supply expertise on different species and their conservation needs.
Color Club empowers small-scale garment makers in South Asia to be self-sustainable.
The social enterprise strives to support and nurture small-scale south Asian garment makers. It does this by providing them with the right machinery to produce efficiently, digital training to utilise social media channels themselves, international exposure through its Instagram platform as a sales channel and recognition by sharing their stories with the customers.
Community Bridges is a community interest company (CIC) which aims to transform health and social care by empowering individuals to use their community for support.
Currently, the NHS is the first port of call for people’s health and wellbeing, but the NHS can’t keep up with demand. Austerity means that people go to the GP with stress and anxiety associated with food poverty or benefit issues. Resources to address these concerns exist in the community but many are not embedded enough in their local community to know.
Community Bridges want to make it easy for people to access community activities and get to know their neighbours so people can find a diverse range of support which works for them.
Community Sparx has developed a mobile app called Via, which helps volunteers organise and deliver door-to-door transport and other help to hundreds of people across England and Wales.
With transport and activities organised using Via, users can visit their doctor, dentist, family and friends, go food shopping or get help with basic household chores. The impact is twofold: volunteer drivers can help users carry out basic daily activities and the social interaction helps to combat loneliness.
Via also enables volunteers running these schemes to keep compliant with regulations whilst spending less time on administration. This frees them to spend more time doing what they really want to do – helping vulnerable people in their communities.
Compare to Zero compares consumer insurance and uses the proceeds to fund ventures aimed at tackling climate change. By far the biggest contributors to global warming are domestic energy and transport, but day-to-day we still drive our cars and power our homes; burning fossil fuels in the process. Compare to Zero is the comparison site not only to hunt out great deals on household insurance, but through ploughing its profits into tackling climate change, to more than neutralise the customer’s negative impact on the environment.
Compass Lifestyle Medicine is a social enterprise aimed at coaching and educating in behaviour change for the prevention, arrest and reversal of chronic disease. In spite of our nation’s wealth and highly developed healthcare system we have an epidemic of chronic disease. Much of this is due to lifestyle factors and therefore avoidable and to an extent reversible.
Compass Lifestyle Medicine’s social mission is to reverse the nation’s epidemic of chronic disease caused by poor lifestyle choices. They seek to offer participants the hope of the body’s capacity for healing through addressing root causes of chronic disease.
CPSL Mind offers a wide range of mental health related training to public, private and voluntary sector organisations in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. The offer includes chargeable courses to corporate and statutory sector clients to help embed positive mental health in the workplace, and grant-funded training for community and voluntary organisations to upskill their staff and volunteers.
CPSL Mind’s organisational mission is that everyone who faces mental health challenges has equal access to the support they need to recover, and can live a fulfilling life without fear of discrimination. They aim to promote positive mental health and tackle mental health related stigma and discrimination.
The Danube Delta, on the shores of the Black Sea, is an area of huge natural and cultural potential. This social venture aims to generate income through responsible tourism to be reinvested in conservation and community development.
DNAdigest is a non-profit organisation run by a diverse community of individuals passionate about data sharing in genomic research the benefits it can give patients. Collaborations between researches has the potential to remove barriers in genomic research and DNAdigest actively promotes efficient and ethical data sharing throughout the research community.
Doyenne aims to open up freelancing as an alternative to mothers leaving the workforce. Doyenne matches businesses looking for temporary talent with a pool of experts – a pool made up of experienced and qualified women pursuing a better work-life balance.
Founder Harvir Sangha is very passionate about gender equality and after having her first child in 2017, was driven to do something about the hundreds of conversations and horror stories that started to surround her about careers and motherhood.
The next generation of coders are facing serious challenges due to the lack of focus on computing and software development in the curriculum, especially with regard to the most relevant platform of mobile devices. Outside education the issue remains the same with a choice of either over simplified or off-putting complex development tools.
Family Psychology Mutual, a staff-led mutual social enterprise, delivers evidence-based interventions to the families of young people with antisocial behaviour. Such interventions include MST (Multi-Systemic Therapy), an alternative to out of home placement that allows highly challenging young people to remain with their families with intensive in-home family therapy services and 24/7 on-call support. This team, whilst part of Cambridgeshire County Council Children’s Services, brought the practice of MST to the UK and has a strong track record of establishing and sustaining interventions with adolescents. We believe this framework has the potential for wider national rollout.
FamilyCarersNet is a digital community for over seven million unpaid carers across the UK, whereby they can access support, information, chat with other people and have a place whereby they know there are other people caring for them.
Find Your Voice designs and delivers singing programmes that reach vulnerable people living within marginalised communities; they get people seen, heard and achieving.
Find Your Voice use singing as a means to expand the world of the most vulnerable and marginalised in society. They provide opportunities to improve health and wellbeing through cultural learning that supports people of all ages, abilities and communities.
Finding Roots is on a mission to uncover as many plant enthusiasts as possible. In sharing the joys of seasonality, Finding Roots delivers gardens to those without a garden! What’s more, Finding Roots works to contribute to the environment and local communities too. Ultimately, every subscription leads to more plants around us!
By creating a community of plant-loving, knowledge sharing, seasonally passionate people, Finding Roots can continue to provide a product that advocates for engagement with plants and nature. It also drives a passion for small space gardening and emphasises how valuable plants are in providing us with positive benefits. These benefits are in mental health and wellbeing, but also through the vital role they play in our food systems and the environment.
Footprints Café is a restaurant, bookshop and event space in one. Its mission is to provide a high quality restaurant experience, so as to generate profits to invest in educational programmes in Siem Reap province. Footprints Café strives to achieve this responsibly, sourcing ingredients locally and recycle where possible, and believes in responsible employment and investment in training.
Form the Future, a not-for-profit careers and employment company, was founded in 2015 to help young people find their route through education into employment and provide employers access to their future talent. Committed to each stage of young people’s development, the dedicated team provides schools, colleges and other groups with high-quality outsourced Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) services. Since 2016, Form the Future has also managed a STEM outreach programme, Cambridge LaunchPad. Together with 26 industry partners, the organisation runs hands-on STEM related project days with 29 schools to inspire the next generation.
GAIR (Game Addiction Identification Recovery) is a health app for problematic gaming. People who feel their own, or their loved ones’ gaming has become unhealthy can find guided help on their own phone. They can find scientifically accurate information about their illness and test themselves for gaming disorder. Depending on the result, users will be offered recovery guidance with steps they can take to improve their health.
GenPol delivers research-based policy proposals, training and consulting services on matters related to gender. It builds knowledge, tools and resources for a fairer, gender-aware approach to education, law and order, business and policy-making.
Ginibee is on a mission to make job sharing accessible and accepted as a career strategy. They help organisations to retain talent and develop greater diversity in their talent pipeline by successfully and efficiently implementing job sharing as a flexible working option.
GlobalTravelWallet offers a digital alternative to cash in many of Africa’s most cash-centric economies. They have been successful in bringing Visa, large local financial institutions, government and regulators to support their financial inclusion efforts and create a lasting social impact for the financially excluded.
Goshawk Communications was established to address a global yet intensely personal need for those with hearing loss to communicate and integrate more fully with society. It is achieving this by providing a more inclusive, relevant telecoms service and product design that encourages those with hearing loss or needs to engage and use with confidence modern phones, tablets or other communication devices that are essential to our way of life today.
Griffin Occupational Therapy (GriffinOT) provides online training and therapy programme solutions for parents and teachers. The company’s focus is on sensory processing disorder training and motor skill development programmes for families of, and teachers working with, children with autism or developmental delays. GriffinOT aims to provide schools with a cost-effective way to provide occupational therapy programmes to their children, whilst ensuring that these are implemented correctly and safely. It also aims to ensure that families can access high quality information and learn at their own pace.
Growd is an award-winning platform that is revolutionising how we think of the education of children from birth to 14 years of age by enabling children to design their own learning experiences outside of the classroom.
Growd connects parents and their children to quality educational content, resources, and information that develop a child’s foundational skills and knowledge to positively impact their academic performance and their lives.
Harry Specters builds confidence and hope in young people with autism by providing employment and free training whilst enabling them to produce award-winning chocolates. In doing so, this social enterprise aims to be a “great product, great cause” role model for other businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.
Donor breast milk is used to enhance the chances of survival and long-term health of sick and premature babies who have no access to maternal milk. There is currently a lack of equitable access to donor breast milk across the UK. Hearts Milk Bank aims to provide a consistent source of safe, screened donor breast milk to neonatal units across London and the southeast.
The Helpful Clinic is a social enterprise that helps people get back on track.
They help people cope better with everyday life and support people with limiting health conditions by helping them understand how the brain and the body work. They support each person’s health in a way that is tailored to their individual needs and takes into account what they have found helpful in the past.
HumaniTea supports wellbeing and sustainability initiatives through the UK’s first ready-to-drink plant-based tea lattes, which are brewed with actual tea leaves, eco-friendly oat milk, and ethically sourced, organic ingredients. The 100% natural tea lattes, available in Matcha and Earl Grey flavours, exclude artificial flavours and emulsifiers, contain low sugar and low calories, and provide boost of antioxidants and natural energy without a caffeine crash.
HumaniTea encourages people to take tea breaks throughout the day and night to find mindfulness. Taking regular breaks from the hustle and bustle of work is key to maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.
Humanity Research Consultancy (HRC) combats modern slavery by empowering decision-makers to create system-wide change built on evidence-based policies and strategies to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around eradicating forced labour and human trafficking.
HRC aims to be one of the first consultancies in the sector whose pool of consultants originate from developing countries. By working with local experts, HRC’s policy recommendations are informed by a deep understanding of the cultural contexts which enable modern slavery, enabling systems change at multiple levels.
Hyperion Development is Africa’s first online course platform enabling aspiring programmers to learn the most desired tech skills, from human tutors, for free. Cambridge Social Ventures believes that the Hyperion model, already delivering huge social impact in southern Africa, has the potential to have significant impact where inequality exists.
Justice Adda is a human rights and legal design social venture, which aims to make the law and legal services, accessible, empowering and useful for everyone. Justice Adda provides legal communication expertise through backgrounders, infographics, instruction manuals, animation and web-based multimedia products for organizations that require engaging, succinct and plain-language content.
Kalamna provides spoken Arabic language classes for children and adults in Cambridge, and masterclasses to help you set up Arabic classes in your area. Kalamna, meaning ‘our words’ in Arabic, connects children with their Arabic heritage.
Kalamna’s mission is to change perceptions and practices of Arabic language teaching, with a focus on the everyday spoken language, and bringing a social and cultural aspect to the course. Kalamna is a place where families and communities come together to share their passion for Arabic culture and heritage.
Khushi Kantha creates one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose baby blankets, hand-stitched from reclaimed and ethnically sourced cotton and embroidered with empowerment by mothers in Bangladesh.
Khushi Kantha reworks the kantha approach to meet global hygiene and safety standards, while retaining the principles of ‘reclaim, repurpose, reuse’ and bringing the cultural heritage of Bangladesh to a wider audience.
Our blankets are created from ethically-produced traditional handloom fabric on the outside and deadstock cotton fabric from the Bangladeshi garments sector on the inside.
Kinetic Science is a charity which inspires children to consider science and maths as career options. They make learning fun and through their school outreach programmes, take an experience into the school classroom which would not normally be available.
Kipple provides returnable starter kits of home essentials to students relocating temporarily.
The UN estimates that annually, 168 million young adults relocate for study or work – causing over 1.7 billion kilos of waste per year, often consisting of still useable kitchen and bedroom essentials.
Kipple’s mission is to challenge the waste generated by university students in the UK by offering a good quality, returnable starter kit of home essentials. They aim to achieve a 0% landfill diversion rate where all of the products which are currently being dumped by students are re-used, refurbished, remanufactured and then recycled if needed.
Disrupting the current home goods industry – Kipple aim to create positive social and environmental impact through their supply chain. They practice maximum resource reduction, end-to-end traceability and improve livelihoods for the people involved in their manufacturing and production processes.
Konnektis enables collaborative person-centred care older people living independently by integrating the network of professional and informal carers. Konnektis a secure, web-based platform that runs on a dedicated 3G Internet-enabled tablet that stays in the home, becoming the enabling hub for secure real-time collaboration between carers and communication with the older person receiving care.
LatchAid is an easy-to-use app which aims to help mums and mums-to-be to learn and improve their breastfeeding latching on skills in the comfort of their own environment and with individualised support to help them to carry on breastfeeding for as long as possible.
LatchAid utilises the state-of-art 3D scanning, motion adaptation, and augmented reality technologies to enable users to create personalised breastfeeding animation using the 3D scanned shapes of their own breast and baby’s face. It helps mums self-diagnose their latching-on attachment and visualise a virtual baby latching on her breast without practising with a real baby.
Leaders Plus helps new parents who have taken time out to care for their children to stay on the leadership pipeline. Inspiring events and professional development give Parent Leaders access to inspirational models and evidence based practice. Most opportunities are baby inclusive, breaking the paradigm that it is ok to develop professionally while caring for small children.
Levin Sources is a consultancy and social venture that moves more minerals through systems where good governance and better business are the norm. For more than seven years, they have been at the forefront of responsible mining and sourcing, with unique expertise in issues surrounding raw materials sustainability and artisanal and small-scale mining.
Levin Sources deploy its assets to find inventive and pragmatic solutions to complex issues in supply chains all over the world. Through their work, the company drives performance in upstream and downstream mineral economies, creating and optimising the operating conditions that make responsible business conduct possible.
LIFNano Therapeutics has invented and patented a new approach to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) using nanotechnology. Cambridge Social Ventures believes that this medical innovation has the potential to halt the cruel progression of MS in patients around the globe, whilst saving global healthcare providers billions.
The Lily-Jo Project is an award-winning online mental health resource, designed to help individuals help themselves, with information, practical top tips, expert advice, stories of hope, recommended resources, blogs, interviews and more.
Little Box of Books finds story books from top publishers that reflect the diversity of our population, communities, and families, selling them to families and schools in boxes.
Little Box of Books’ mission is to diversify children’s bookshelves in the UK. They want to see children’s books, currently labelled ‘diverse’ become mainstream. They want to support schools and institutions in finding books that better reflect the UK population so that children understand difference and grow up with equality embedded in their education.
Little Box of Books’ helps children to see themselves, their families and cultural references in stories, helping those underrepresented to recognise and realise their potential. This supports children to develop and maintain a love of reading, a major contributor to future academic success.
Inclusive storybooks also help overrepresented children to understand the world and their place in it, teaching them that everybody matters, reinforcing lessons on equality, diversity and understanding difference.
mamoq aims to challenge ‘fast fashion’ and ‘throwaway consumerism’ by creating the ultimate online marketplace for the conscious consumer. With an emphasis on sharing knowledge, mamoq provides a curated selection of innovative brands that challenge the status quo with their commitment to sustainability and ethics.
Mental Snapp is a way to actively manage mental health using our private media diary app. By using the recognised benefits of journaling, rating mood and naming feelings, their users can make space for their mental health, to create change for themselves and to raise their confidence to do so.
Mental Snapp is driven by a mission to change mental health through the power of story. Telling stories has an impact on the audience, it also has an impact on the teller. They want to help people to reconnect with themselves through telling and believing their own stories, to raise their confidence and therefore their life expectations.
micielo is a micro Mexican company that is committed to the development of textiles within indigenous communities, creating a fusion between traditional manufacturing and ethically-minded, contemporary design. Their focus is on the design and manufacturing of textile and leather handbags.
The social mission from micielo is to have a direct impact, economically and socially in the indigenous communities in southern Mexico. It is very important that the company generates jobs and revives the prehispanic traditions with which the textiles for the handbags are made. They believe that by creating a trustworthy brand in the international markets this will permeate back to the communities and generate a ripple effect for the “made in Mexico” brand.
Ministry of Waste is a social enterprise creating and implementing island waste management models through human-centred design and circular economy approach in Southeast Asia. Ministry of Waste connects polluted and disadvantaged island communities with waste-industry innovators and global leaders of sustainability. This results in less plastic in the ocean, brands acting responsibly and economic opportunities for local communities.
Mirthy aims to help older adults remain active, social and connected in their community by tackling the growing issue of loneliness in later life.
Through their activities’ platform, they connect public speakers, typically retired individuals, with organisations and older adults wanting to listen to interesting and informative talks.
In response to COVID-19, Mirthy has developed an innovative online platform for public speakers to provide remote talks to older adults in the comfort of their own homes.
Not only will this new approach provide a much-needed social antidote in this period of self-isolation, but will entertain and inform older adults as they partake in this collaborative online community.
With the right technology Mirthy believes so much can be done to tackle loneliness and social isolation. The team are determined to develop their solution and scale to reach millions of older people, through an engaged online community and events.
MM Community is a platform for crowdsourcing infrastructure bonds in Myanmar. Locals can propose and fund schools, roads and hospitals with 100% government repayment. Once the project is implemented, loan repayments, interest along with project specific perks such as medical vouchers are paid back to the communities.
Moon Lane Ink has grown out of Tales on Moon Lane, an award-winning children’s Bookshop in London. Moon Lane Ink extends their focus into secondary education, utilising peer recommendation and student run pop-up bookshop enterprise days to promote business skills and reading for pleasure. They act as a bridge between schools and publishing to develop practical approaches to addressing the need for greater inclusivity in the UK publishing industry.
North Herts Emotional Support in Schools Service (NESSie) was setup in response to the increasing numbers of children and young people who in crisis with their mental health. Our mission is to work in partnership with outside agencies; families and young people to increase access to effective therapeutic support. With a team of expert therapists and counsellors, NESSie promotes positive emotional and mental health in schools through recognition, effective management and early intervention. They offer arts therapies and counselling to children and young people in education and support and training via forums for staff and families.
New Ground Creations is a social enterprise that delivers bespoke leadership and enterprise programmes for organisations working with young people. They focus on introducing young people to leadership, business and employment skills through workshops, masterclasses and coaching. They target 16-30 year olds with the aim to inspire them to LIVE. LIVE is an acronym for Legacy, Innovate, Venture and Educate.
The company believes that by training and supporting the institutions who work with young people, young people will experience holistic support, thus developing their own voice and the life skills they need to live to their full potential.
NeWTS aims to improve the wellbeing of newborns requiring medical care by the development of technology solutions designed specifically for their needs.
Technology used for babies is often not driven by their unique needs. NeWTS is determined to change this by designing devices and systems that are bespoke for newborns requiring medical care, and for the families caring for them.
Nurture Collective is a sustainable and ethical marketplace which brings together a curated collection of beautiful children’s brands for ages 0-12 years. Its aim is to really focus on how through the making, use and reuse of clothing – fashion is one of the largest pollutants in the world – we can minimise our impact on our resources.
The social mission of Nurture Collective is to bring together like-minded ethical brands in one place which can demonstrate a genuine desire to minimise their impact on our natural resources. Ultimately their aim is to create a truly circular economy where waste is minimised.
Obliquity enables organisations across any sector to improve both sustainability and operating efficiency performance. It does this by engaging people throughout the organisation in the sustainability activities the organisation acts on, through an online customised survey tool. This tool enables everyone throughout the organisation to identify which activities motivate and engage them and which do not.
This can be used to create a sustainability strategy and targets that create maximum impact and engagement. Employees engaged in the what their organisation does, the values it stands for and the impact it has are more productive, less likely to leave and stronger ‘brand ambassadors’. This engagement creates better value for the organisation. Ethical investors can also utilise Obliquity to better understand the businesses they are investing in.
Overstream Clean is a professional cleaning and gardening service for business in the Cambridge city centre. It’s unique in that it mainly uses bicycles with GPS trackers: reliability and communication are key to what it offers businesses and organisations. In addition, Overstream Clean provides skills training to people with experience of or at risk of homelessness. Working in partnership with local businesses, housing associations and the council, we aim to be an exemplary model of getting people furthest away from employment back into work.
Parent Zone creates solutions to problems created or amplified by the Internet. These problems affect all families but young people who are also vulnerable offline are impacted to a greater degree than their peers. Parent Zone’s events, training, consultancy and publications are sold and/or distributed to families, schools, corporates, social services, the police, and other stakeholders who care about building online resilience in young people. Their customers include Vodafone, Google, Microsoft, Virgin Media and Disney and they have reached into 17,000 schools and all 43 police forces in the country.
Planty started with the simple dilemma that fast meals are not healthy and that healthy meals are not fast! By creating plant-based ready-meals they are targeting flexitarians – individuals reducing their meat consumption and introducing a plant-based diet and aiming to make fast, healthy food available easily. Their plant-based meals are delivered directly to the consumers’ door.
A student-led global health think tank that empowers students of all disciplines and stages to research and contribute to global health policy.
Polygeia will improve global healthcare provision by conducting high quality research on externally commissioned and internally generated projects. In addition, it is enabling students to learn relevant skills in real world situations and preparing some for future employment.
Power2inspire believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in sport, regardless of body type, age, disability, or ethnicity. So, they have created truly inclusive events, “Power House Games”, delivering adapted sports in schools, organisations, and local community groups, so that everyone can participate in sport.
Prison Voicemail is an innovative voicemail service facilitating easier communication between prisoners and their families. Research shows that prisoners who are able to maintain contact or build better relationships with family members are less likely to reoffend than those that don’t. Prison Voicemail aims to help strengthen prisoners’ family ties, and in doing so, help prisons to reduce reoffending rates.
Queer China UK makes UK-based LGBTQ+ and feminist resources accessible to the Chinese-speaking community. Their mission is to be an incubator for the Chinese LGBTQ+ and feminist community, primarily through tours, educational programmes and consultancy services.
There are many LGBTQ+ people, businesses and events in the UK, however, the visibility of Chinese-speaking LGBTQ+ people is low. Based on research and interviews, Queer China UK has found that it is hard for the Chinese community to access these resources and participate in this community, mainly due to language barriers and cultural differences.
By providing travel services, educational programmes and consultancy services, Queer China UK aims to boost the visibility of Chinese LGBTQ+ people in the UK and promote cultural exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and British queer organisations, individuals and business.
Reforest Tea sells premium teas to support tree planting and forest conservation work around the world.
All Reforest Tea blends are expertly blended from the finest quality, ethically sourced ingredients; premium whole leaf black and green teas, natural ingredients and natural flavourings.
Reforest Tea supports carefully selected non-profit and non-governmental organisations and projects which are working to plant trees and conserve forests around the world.
Through planting trees and protecting forests society can gain from all the benefits this brings to people, the environment and the planet. Enjoying a good brew of delicious unique-blend premium teas is a simple way to support reforesting work every day.
René House turns houses into homes and provides semi-independent accommodation for homeless vulnerable adults and families across Nottinghamshire.
They aim to create an infrastructure of support and services for those experiencing homelessness and/or receiving low income or benefits.
They aim to do this by making good housing accessible to all, providing tailored support to people who need it, facilitating collaboration in the community and creating opportunities for work, education and social engagement.
Repositive is building a platform that makes genomic data easily discoverable, and is encouraging data sharing and collaborations through nurturing a strong online community. Think of our platform as the go-to-place for finding and accessing relevant genomic research data through technologies that preserve privacy.
Safe Soulmates helps adults with additional needs find and nurture friendships and romantic love in a safe way, free from online and real-life abuse.
They aim, with the guidance and the help of its members, to help soulmates to build connections, resilience and, above all, enable people to have fun with lovely people through running a variety of social events (currently online).
Safe Soulmates social mission is to reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation that many people with additional needs feel, due to lack of friendship and love.
Safe Soulmates provide fun social and dating opportunities, so their soulmates can connect safely with likeminded people, with a view to building strong friendships, and loving relationships, the positive repercussions of which will filter through to their day-to-day lives.
Their long-term aim is to grow to be the go-to place in East Anglia for adults with additional needs to find new friendships and love, as well as to employ some of their soulmates to help them achieve this.
Seek UK believe that refugees should have the opportunity to rebuild happy, stable lives once resettled. Seek is a social enterprise that aims to support refugees into employment through their online job platform. They provide CV help, job-seeking advice and interview practice to ensure that refugees are able to reach their full potential in the UK. For employers, the platform is a great place to find great candidates, improve corporate diversity and fulfil corporate social responsibility objectives.
Social Streets is pioneering community journalism that is sustainable even in poor or disadvantaged economies. As a community interest company its charitable objective is to increase participation in local community through the provision of community-led local journalism, changing the face of local news organisations.
Sourcing Justice works with businesses to identify and eradicate modern slavery risks in organisations and supply chains and to demonstrate compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act.
One of the UN’s Global Goals is to eradicate human trafficking and other forms of labour exploitation from the global economy by the year 2030. Sourcing Justice works one-on-one with businesses of all sizes who need help understanding their modern slavery risks and learning how to mitigate them.
They conduct modern slavery risk assessments, legal risk assessments, workforce training programmes, and industry specific research projects to help businesses identify and implement their most effective strategies.
Stigma Statistics helps to prevent suicide using technology and data tools. Their Suicide Tracking Analysis & Reporting (‘STAR’) platform allows for the collation, sharing, analysis and reporting of information about suicides and suicide risk.
Content note: this profile discusses personal experiences relating to suicide.
The Environmental Design Studio [TEDS] aims to reduce the exposure and vulnerability of communities and environments to natural or human induced hazards, particularly those resulting from or exacerbated by climate change.
Their work in this field is facilitated and undertaken through design, research and training initiatives which highlights the causes/consequences of hazards and showcases strategies for adaptation and resilience to these threats. Their services in these areas include:
design: strategic, master planning, architectural, products, visualisations and illustrations
research: quantitative, qualitative and transdisciplinary studies
training: seminars, webinars, in-practice and one-on-one sessions, and publications.
TEDS work internationally on projects at a range of scales and their areas of expertise include strategies for resilience to; flooding, heat waves, extreme cold, drought, wild fires, energy shortages and earthquakes.
Thrift+ makes the process of donating your best unwanted clothes more convenient, more rewarding, and more transparent. With the ThriftBox service, you order a box, fill it up and a courier collects. You can then track your items until they sell, and you get 25% back as credit on the Thrift+ store. Thrift+ provides a quality-assured, risk-free place to buy top second-hand brands.
Thrivespring is an online platform for community resilience and disaster risk management. Thrivespring helps people connect with others to create impactful and ambitious grassroots initiatives that will strengthen communities and mitigate the effects of disasters. This can be achieved through a wide variety of projects, such as community-owned renewable energy microgrids; urban food production; wireless communication networks; rainwater harvesting projects; and neighbourhood emergency assistance groups.
Turtle Dove Cambridge works with young women from across Cambridge. We offer a combination of work experience and youth work support. The work experience comprises of working at a variety of events and usually involves greeting guests, serving food and drink and other activities that are essential to the smooth running of these events. The events range from charity fundraising events to private functions. The young women are referred through organisations such as the County Council and housing providers.
Univursa creates digital health tools to help detect, diagnose, and respond to outbreaks, including during emergencies and in places with limited access to clinical diagnostics. These tools, based on curated clinical datasets and cutting-edge data science, are designed to empower existing public health systems by providing outbreak responders around the world with powerful analytic tools in an easy-to-use form.
Through this work, Univursa aims to improve health system resilience in a world where infectious disease outbreaks are increasingly damaging and disruptive. Through partnerships with ministries of health, research groups, international outbreak response agencies, and public health funders, Univursa will bring effective tools to the people who need them most and see outbreaks stopped sooner.
unpckd delivers package-free refills and reusables to local doorsteps. This offers the convenience of home delivery without the waste of packaging.
With the purpose of keeping the planet alive for generations to come, unpckd’s mission is to reduce the amount of packaging made and consumed in the UK. It will do this by making waste-free alternatives available for the products we need and use daily. Thus reducing the environmental impact of the things we buy.
Focusing on reducing consumption of packaging by offering refill foods and liquids in reusable containers and sustainable, reusable swaps for disposable household items. unpckd offers solutions for leading a less wasteful by: stocking products that are needed & used everyday to have a meaningful and material impact of household waste; and sourcing sustainable products that do not end up as waste themselves.
Watipa is a social enterprise working to enable equal societies, just development, and equal health for all. Watipa provides ethical consultancy services in public health, human rights, democracy, sustainable development and inclusive social change to a variety of government, non-government and private sector clients. Profits support a youth development programme that provides scholarships and mentorship opportunities to young leaders in developing countries.
Access to capital is an insurmountable obstacle for the vast majority of smallholder entrepreneurs and farmers in Africa. The reason is related to the lack of any sort of credit history, collateral or business assets.
WEKA is an indirect peer-to-peer investment platform that facilitates investment in smallholder entrepreneurs and farmers by the African diaspora. Through engaging and partnering with agro-dealers, micro-finance institutions and technical facilitators, WEKA is able to channel much needed capital to those that need it most. WEKA believes that it can enable the diaspora to play an active role in African development that goes beyond remittances.
WEKA’s mission is simple: WEKA wants to push beyond the bounds of remittance by harnessing the investment potential of the African diaspora to make a difference in Africa. Through empowering the diaspora and facilitating investment through the peer-to- peer platform, WEKA aspires to become pillar for African development and be at the forefront of tackling financial exclusion for smallholder entrepreneurs and farmers in Africa.
Over 50% of pupils don’t feel confident sharing ideas in class and students from lower income backgrounds are twice as likely to have communication difficulties. We Speak breaks down this barrier. They help 15-19 year-olds with lower speaking confidence find their authentic voice and use it to unlock life opportunities. They want young people to speak comfortably in a range of situations, from participating in class to speaking in a job interview.
We Speak works with schools with a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals, and focuses on those students who have lower speaking confidence. The programme creates a tangible step towards a fairer and more balanced society. They’re working with schools, universities and employers to create a pipeline of young people who can communicate confidently.
Where Does It Come From? creates high quality, ethically made clothes that come with their life story. Each garment has a code on the label so that the customer can trace their garment’s journey – right back to the cotton farm. We believe that this helps the customer to build a stronger connection to their clothes which will ultimately ensure that they love them more and shop more ethically in the future.
Wild Philanthropy uses travel to tackle the complex challenges facing Africa’s wilderness. They link travellers, impact investors and philanthropists to deliver sustainable development that protects wildlife, habitats and culture in Africa.
Wild Philanthropy aims to use travel as a tool to drive sustainable development. Their Travel programme generates revenue and connects potential donors with conservation and community initiatives in Africa, while their Invest programme supports local eco-tourism business to generate jobs and support local economies. These businesses also have an important role to play in driving social and environmental impact through the way they interact with communities and wilderness. Their Donate programme connects philanthropy with high impact community and conservation projects.
With Insight Education provides online mentoring programmes to black and black mixed-heritage pupils to increase the numbers progressing to top universities.
Their online mentoring programmes train black students from leading universities to be inspirational mentors to state school GCSE and A-Level pupils. They also work with companies who share their value for greater diversity by training their staff to be career mentors to the pupils.
Black pupils consistently have the lowest entry rate to top universities. With Insight Education’s social mission is to disrupt this trend by instilling pupils with the confidence, knowledge and ability to successfully apply.
With Insight Education’s long-term goal is to create a virtuous cycle of young people who receive support, secure places at leading universities and then ‘give back’ by inspiring upcoming generations to aim high.
Workerbird is a tech for good startup that supports all workers. Workerbird uses reflective tracking and human-centred data insights to provide a space for people to understand their working patterns and relationship to work. The platform empowers workers with their own data to support them in making impactful change to their working environment and conditions, either individually or as a group.
Beyond helping workers to understand patterns that they are not aware of, Workerbird provides a space for reflection around work. This can help all workers manage their wellbeing at work and help them protect their time and work-life balance.
Worthwhile connects the best career starters with brilliant charities and social enterprises.
They take the pain out of finding motivated career starters with a history of commitment to social action and leadership experience. Worthwhile takes care of recruitment, training and support for entry level and junior manager level candidates.
They support young people to pursue a career in social impact through a graduate scheme, training, recruitment services and our community.
Yodomo (You Do More) drives engagement with creativity through its online courses, kits of materials and live workshop experiences from carefully selected artists and makers. Yodomo.co is a new thriving marketplace for crafting and making, creating important new revenue streams for artists, makers, craftspeople and other creative micro-businesses, and meeting the growing demand for at-home learning through crafts kits, online courses and live or virtual learning workshop experiences.
Their customers can learn anything – weaving, spoon carving, bookbinding, sourdough baking, drawing, sewing, botany and much more – through carefully curated step-by-step online courses, kits of materials and live or virtual workshop experiences.
Y.O.U Underwear makes soft, stylish, organic cotton underwear for men and women – it’s all about making a difference by changing something as simple as your underwear!
As a sustainable fashion brand, they have a buy-one-give-two promise in partnership with Smalls for All, a Scottish charity that collects and distributes underwear to vulnerable women and children in Africa and the UK. All their garments are made using 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, and they work with India’s leading ethical and sustainable manufacturer to produce their underwear. They are also Fairtrade, PETA-approved vegan, and the company operates on zero-waste principles.