Next week, Impact Hub Islington launches one of our most exciting initiatives yet: Hub Youth Academy, a two-week intensive programme full of all the skills, knowledge and tools young people will need to grow and develop their own business, followed by a year’s membership to Hub Islington.
Over two weeks, we’ll be taking 12 young people through everything from creating a website and waging an effective social media campaign, to managing their finances and measuring their social impact. They will be connected to experts in the field, taken on a tour of East London’s social enterprise scene, and become skilled at pitching their projects and solving key challenges collaboratively in a team.
We’re excited to introduce our first Hub Youth Academy cohort, an innovative and inspiring group of 18- to 25-year-old entrepreneurial wunderkinds. If you’d like to come meet them and learn more about what they’re working on, please join us at Impact Hub Islington on Thursday 24 April for our pitch night, where they will be presenting the ideas they’ve developed on the programme.
RSVP for your spot now: hubyouthacademy-pitch.eventbrite.co.uk
In the meantime, you can learn a bit about them below…
Capucine first became interested in social enterprise, when entering a competition whilst studying at HULT International Business School. Her passion lies in food waste and security and creating a paradigm shift in the way we buy and consume food. She is inspired by the way Able and Cole have found a way of providing organic and sustainable food on a large scale, and dreams of running her own community focused restaurant in Sao Paulo.
Charlie sees social enterprise as a way of offering young people more meaningful careers. Through disrupting our broken system and creating things such as Innovation Camp he hopes to be part of transforming our ‘lost generation’ into a ‘found generation’. Charlie has participated in and been inspired by Good Gym a social enterprise that links fitness and exercise to social causes such a helping an elderly person with their shopping or helping to create a community garden.
As founder and leader of a successful campaign to create an affordable indoor sports centre for students at Cambridge University and a new start up business offering affordable social exercise classes, Charlotte is used to combining campaigning and business to solve social problems: especially in the area of sport and hopes to have a number of venues across the UK offering social, interactive and game based workouts.
Having studied politics and economics at LSE, interned at Clearly So and worked on youth programmes in rural France supporting teenagers from underprivileged backgrounds to develop their practical and social skills Hannah would like to contribute to finding solutions to the environmental, social and economic problems we face. One company that particularly inspires her is Divine Chocolate, which not only sources chocolate from sustainable sources, but is also run as co-operative giving their Ghanaian workers co-ownership of the company.
Heather’s aim is to create an environmental and social enterprise that shares her knowledge and experience of beekeeping with the community, provides the market with locally produced sustainable products and helps sustain our pollinators which are under threat. She is interested in how we can create self-sustaining communities that are integrated into their environment and is inspired by the Bristol Pound as an alternative currency that supports a more localised, community based economy.
Jenna is passionate about gender equality and over the past few years has been part of creating a number of exciting projects, from Ladyfest Paris, a two-day festival of music, art and workshops celebrating women and equality, to The Girls Are an online magazine promoting women in the music industry. She is inspired by The Amazings, an organisation that brings young and old people together through learning new skills. In the long term she aims to set up an arts venue that champions ideals of equality and diversity.
After participating in youth leadership development programme UpRising, Jess led a social action campaign to support and recognise youth who are acting as interpreters for their parents in challenging situations without any advice or training. Responding to a social need from first-hand experience, the team have ran a successful pilot and Jess is interested in using the skills and support Hub Youth Academy provides to upscale the project and have a wider positive social impact.
Kantuta grew up thinking that conventional jobs were the only option for her, and because of her background was discouraged from taking risks. However as she grew older she realised she constantly felt unmotivated and bored by conventional work and after participating in Spark and Mettle’s Star Track programme is inspired by the world of social enterprise. Now, no matter what job she does she thinks about how she could do it better in her own enterprise. She is looking forward to participating in Hub Youth Academy to explore and develop all the different ideas she has further.
In 2013 Kirsty co-founded solarBOX, an award winning social enterprise which aims to turn telephone boxes into solar powered public charging points for mobile phones. Kirsty is interested in finding solutions to social problems using technology and public space and is excited to be part of Hub Youth Academy as a collaborative environment to develop solarBOX further. She has been particularly inspired by the work of Barbed, which trains prisoners with graphic design skills, as it shows the potential of social enterprise to create change in many different environments.
Raimondo’s interest in social enterprise developed through finding a collective solution to a problem he and many others around him were facing: youth unemployment. Raimondo taught his friends web development and brought them together to set up a creative web agency developing websites, photography and art for local businesses in North London. Raimondo has been mentored and inspired by Give Me Tap a project that sells reusable bottles in cafes around London who agree to give tap water to buyers therefore reducing plastic consumption as well as raising money for water projects across Africa.
From choreographing a large charity show involving over fifty artists, to co-founding the Debates in Finance society at City University, to representing Bulgaria in a conference tackling problems of economic transition in Serbia, Stefan has always been proactive in participating in projects that aim to create positive social change. Bringing a more international perspective he is currently part of a beekeeping project with new hives in Sicily and Australia and is interested in reducing carbon emissions through sustainably developing abandoned land in Bulgaria.
Last year Wayne launched a not-for-profit start up that aims to improve the accessibility of STEM courses for sixth formers. Wayne is interested in participating in Hub Youth Academy to connect with other social entrepreneurs and further understand social impact and how it is measured. He is passionate about education and is inspired by Peace Uganda, a social enterprise that provides local, community led secondary education in Uganda where the government fails to do so on a large scale.