On the 13th June we were announced publicly that we are a Big Venture Challenge Award Winner! (BVC) The programme supports ambitious, ‘high potential’ social entrepreneurs to raise investment and rapidly grow their ventures by building a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting the entrepreneur during the journey.(BVC2016)
We are really excited to be supported by BVC/UnLtd as well as:
- TSIP – The Social Investment Innovation Partnership – working with oganisations to identify their purpose, supporting them to develop the system and skills they need to embed evidence and innovation to their work.
- ClearlySO – financial services firm specialising in social impact investment, providing capital raising and advisory services.
- Social Investment Business – One of the UK’s leading social investors, they have invested more than £340 million in charities and social enterprise since 2002.
- Hogan and Lovells – providing legal support for all ventures associated with the BVC.
The plan is to make the most of this opportunity, to grow C.O.V to create a larger scale of social impact by increasing our cohort of service users. In order to do this, we are looking to expand our team, creating job opportunities, as well as a volunteer programme to support children within schools with community groups with small group and or one to one Protective Behaviours focused mentoring.
I have been fortunate to have the support of my personal and professional network to turn my once ‘simple’ idea into a growing social enterprise. Who would of thought that those dark days of being comforted by the sound of Tupac in my ears would inspire me to do this? With a beautiful blend of lyricism and Protective Behaviours I have been able to build my ideas and educate others around their right to feel safe and hopefully prevent someone being victimised and or abused.
“I feel like if you walked by a street and you was walking on concrete and you saw a rose growing out of concrete, even if it had messed up petals and it was a little to the side, you would marvel at just seeing a rose grow through concrete. ” Tupac Shakur
For more info on our BVC profile, please follow the link, BVC Winner Profile