7 YOUTH LED SOCIAL ENTERPRISES LAUNCH THEIR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNS
7 social enterprises run by 10 of London’s youth are in the middle of their individual crowdfunding campaigns after 8 weeks of training delivered to them for free by Business Launchpad and Crowdfund 360.
These 10 social entrepreneurs now have only ONE WEEK left to reach their crowdfunding targets so that they can bring their projects to life. They are raising amounts varying from £1,500 up to £20,000 for a wide range of projects and their campaigns have already reached the halfway mark.
At the core of this cake company in London is an underlying belief that a cake you enjoy can make someone else have a good day! How? By using a percentage of each cake they sell to provide a birthday cake each month to orphans in Nigeria. Each pledge towards their £2,135 goal will also go towards giving 23 free birthday cakes to Nigerian orphans at the end of the campaign.
Do you know how hard it is for disabled people to use some websites and technology we take for granted? Juliette, the Director of Inclusight, has set up this social business to work with companies to make tech more accessible to disabled people, after seeing the impact of inaccessible websites on her mom who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. Help her reach her £5,000 goal to work towards making tech more accessible.
Pareece, the Founder of New Ground Creations, is a former gang member who has turned her life around and wants to support others to do the same. Pareece goes into schools in London and trains young people on how to be more entrepreneurial and employable. She is looking to raise £2,500 to reach more youth and increase the social impact of her work.
5. Papilio Arts
Did you know, although sex education is compulsory in schools, drug and alcohol education isn’t? Papilio Arts are looking to raise £1,500 to go into schools in London and hold a series of workshops for young people on drug and alcohol use and abuse. Why? Because the drug addiction industry costs the government over £15.4 billion a year!
Don’t the youth of today need a platform to speak freely at? A place where they can learn to stretch their voices? Young People Insight provides this for youth in Croydon and they’re looking to raise £2,300 to reach more young people and spread their own voice out even further.
The 8-week training program, taught through workshops, webinars and 1:1 sessions, was developed in order to allow young social entrepreneurs to expand their work and increase their social impact, by not only providing them with extra funding but also by increasing their marketing skills/efforts and confidence. The training programme breaks successful crowdfunding down into 6 manageable steps. The young social entrepreneurs were then taught about each element of crowdfunding and helped to implement the skills learnt into their own projects. The course was delivered by Crowdfund 360 and was supported by Business Launchpad, a charity in Tooting that supports entrepreneurs 16-30 throughout London to realise their entrepreneurial potential.
Crowdfunding consultant and founder of Crowdfund 360, Jes Bailey says:
“many young people want to start social projects but are held back because of a lack of funding, lack of confidence and/or lack of marketing skills. Crowdfunding brings all three of these together and shows the young people that actually, other people they never even knew, also believe in their projects and want to see them come to life in order to better our societies. It has been amazing to work with Business Launchpad and their clients to develop this programme as the passion, motivation and determination shown by the young social entrepreneurs is amazing”.
By clicking on the organisations above, you will be led to their crowdfunding campaign where you can find out more about their projects and support them either by making a pledge or sharing their project on social media. These campaigns have just ONE WEEK LEFT to reach their targets! Support them by pledging, or sharing them with friends who may be interested or on your social media channels!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jes Bailey is a crowdfunding consultant based in London, UK. Independently of crowdfunding platforms she helps start-ups, social enterprises and charities crowdfund. Her business takes a holistic view of crowdfunding and focusing on finance, marketing, creativity and strategy. Her training has reached every corner of the globe and has impacted over 350 organisations worldwide. If you are looking to run a crowdfunding campaign contact her from her website www.crowdfund-360.com to arrange a call.