Social connectivity challenge launched with £10k grant up for grabs

Well Rotherham

The Social Connectivity Challenge accelerator is looking for motivated, inspirational individuals, teams, companies and social enterprises for an amazing opportunity to benefit free of charge from 12 weeks of intensive development support and a chance to pitch for a £10k business development grant.

Social connectivity is increasingly recognised as key to the health and mental well-being of people young and old. Covid-19 has exasperated these issues through social distancing, but also driven innovation to keep people connected. The programme, provided by Y Accelerator in collaboration with Well Rotherham and RiDO, is looking for innovative, socially driven business ideas that deliver solutions to isolation and loneliness.

The accelerator wants innovative ideas that address any aspect of the social connectivity challenge, and want to build a financially sustainable, socially beneficial business model.

Concluding the 3 month project which runs from October 2020 to February 2021, there will be a pitch event providing a unique opportunity to present your business model for a chance to be awarded £10k from Well Rotherham to help kickstart your socially minded business.

Kris Mackay, Business Growth Manager at South Yorkshire Housing Association, said:

“South Yorkshire Housing Association is really excited to be partnering with RIDO to run the first ever socially driven Y-Accelerator in South Yorkshire through our Well Rotherham Programme. Feeling part of and being able to connect with your community is so important to health and well-being. We know that our entrepreneurs in the region will have great ideas to bring communities together and build a better society and I can’t wait to hear from them.”

Amanda Parris, Business Growth Manager for RiDO, said:

“This is a unique opportunity for ambitious, socially driven entrepreneurs to access expert advice, mentors, workshops and tailored one-to-one support. Whether you are currently employed, unemployed, it doesn’t matter, we are just looking for motivated free thinkers who are passionate about bringing their ideas around social connectivity into reality.”

Applications close 30th August 2020.

Find out more and apply online here.

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