The entrepreneurial energy and ambition which we bring into all our work is most obvious in the ventures we set up and run ourselves.
As with all our work, the focus is on talent for social impact, and supporting that talent to make a difference to the world. Whether that’s through our campus ventures Charityworks and Change100, or our women’s network Good Women, we are constantly looking for ways to support, celebrate and connect people working for social change.
Our CEO Rachel; “Going right back to the origins of the company, I never intended just to set up consultancy. My motivation was to spot problems that were stopping us making the most of all the talent wanting to change the world, and try and be as creative as possible. The drive has always been to help people in organisations discover new ways of working, and sometimes that has meant setting up our own thing.”
These ventures are at the heart of our work. They’re our opportunity to put our money where our mouth is and spend some time building something.
Charityworks & Change100
Charityworks was our first venture, and was born from a frustration that there wasn’t a clear route into the social sector for talented people leaving university each year. The programme launched in 2009 as a small London pilot before scaling with the support of the Cabinet Office to become a national programme which attracts thousands of applications each year. Read more about Charityworks here.
Similarly, we launched Change100 as a partnership with Leonard Cheshire with a clear mission: changing the employment landscape for young people with disabilities and health conditions. The programme has grown each year, and demonstrated the incredible ability coming through universities, placing disabled students and graduates into leading companies in all sectors to great effect. Read more about Change100 here.
These ventures are at the heart of our work. They constantly challenge us to develop our thinking, to try new things, and to practice what we preach in terms of people and organisational development. Fundamentally, they’re our opportunity to put our money where our mouth is and spend some time building something.
If you have an idea, we’d love to hear it. In the past we’ve helped people set up new projects and organisations by giving them office space and mentoring. We would also consider investing in ideas which align closely with our ambition. Just get in touch.