One of the key ways the IEP can drive change is by harnessing the power of partnerships to scale innovators who are already changing the lives of citizens across the UK. In our first year, we ran an accelerator programme for 18 innovators with ambitious growth plans and proven, on-the-ground solutions to one of our three challenge areas. 

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Building on this success, we are now excited to embark on a new scale-up programme: BOOST.  By unleashing the power of partnerships, this programme will provide organisations with proven solutions to one of our three social challenges with the ‘boost’ they need to positively impact the lives of even more citizens across the UK. 

BOOST will be delivered by a unique partnership between the government, civil society and business; the Cabinet Office and DCMS are working with the Young Foundation and EY, to complement the existing IEP network and provide organisations with access to a diversity of partners, expertise and networks.  We have built a bespoke programme that will focus on partnerships, including:

  • Access to a network of new partners and customers, with hand-curated introductions;
  • The skills and materials to access growth finance;
  • 1:2:1 mentoring and tailored support with a range of technical experts;
  • Support with improving the rigour of your impact measurement;
  • A strong innovator peer network; 

And much more! BOOST will be tailored to the individual growth needs of the organisations. 

We are looking to recruit 8 - 10 early and mid-stage innovators who deliver impact in one of our three challenge areas to take part in BOOST. Applicants must have a clear product or service that has market traction and is now ready to be taken to scale, to ultimately create a more inclusive economy and society. 

Download the BOOST information pack to learn more about the programme
and how to get involved.

Apply for BOOST now.

The deadline for the submission of applications is Sunday 23rd February 2020. 

Examples of impact

Here's just three examples of the high-impact partnerships our social innovators formed with business and civil society organisations:

financial inclusion

MyKindaFuture is a mobile platform that improves disadvantaged young people’s access into work. Through the IEP, MyKindaFuture formed successful partnerships with Accenture, who provided pro-bono advice in utilising cutting edge technology to enhance the digital platform, and M&S, who used the platform to support 3,000 young people transitioning from work experience into full-time employment.  

mental health
This is Me

This is Me is a campaign, part of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal scheme, that aims to create healthy workplaces by encouraging employees to share their mental health stories. They were introduced to Landsec through the IEP, who rolled out the campaign construction sites in Leeds, Oxford and Cardiff, expanding This is Me beyond London and providing them with access to a whole new sector and a typically hard-to-reach audience of young males. 

young people
Career Alchemy

Career Alchemy provides career coaching workshops for graduates and professionals. Through the IEP, Unilever rolled out Career Alchemy’s workshops with their employees and local community in their huge Port Sunlight factory, an economic cold spot and target audience. Career Alchemy received live feedback and worked with Unilever to conduct a research project, which proved their model works and gave them a solid basis from which to scale effectively.