With £600,000 of funding from the Cabinet Office’s Social Incubator Fund (SIF), the programme will aim to support the development and growth of early-stage social ventures which have potential to deliver tangible and significant social and healthcare benefits to the public.
Applications are now open to organisations across the UK to become part of the first cohort to benefit from funding and support starting in Autumn 2014. The programme is seeking to identify seven ventures, who will each receive investment of up to £40,000 together with access to mentors, educational workshops and lectures, collaborative workspace and opportunities to present at investors’ days.
The key areas of focus for the programme include mental health, dementia, diabetes, healthy aging and addiction, including alcohol and substance misuse.
Dr Steven Schooling, UCL Business Director of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Built Environment & Social Sciences said “UCL Business is committed to the development of social ventures as a further mechanism to support the translation of UCL and its associated hospitals’ innovative knowledge base into products and services that can deliver substantive benefits to society. We are therefore delighted to be announcing the first call for applications to the Health Social Innovators’ Programme and look forward to receiving proposals from ventures whose activities are seeking to address significant health and wellbeing challenges.”Applications for the Health Social Innovators’ Programme are now open until 15th September. To apply, please visit www.healthsocialinnovators.org. Interviews will take place in September 2014.
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