Calling innovators delivering solutions to improve the Private Rented Housing Sector

Date: 4 September 2017

As part of The Young Foundation’s highly acclaimed innovation programme tackling inequalities, we have recently launched Reimagining Rent. This unique programme, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, is seeking out people who are tackling the challenges in the private rented sector. These include problems of affordability, access, quality and security of tenure.

We are looking for entrepreneurs who are providing solutions that address these challenges and have an ambition to grow their business and reach many more struggling renters. Charities, social enterprises, commercial enterprises, voluntary organizations, campaigns and community groups are all welcome to apply.

The programme is free for participants and offers fortnightly workshops for 6 months which will provide entrepreneurs with:

  • The knowledge needed to strengthen their business models.
  • The ability to demonstrate their social impact.
  • The skills to grow their capacity to scale.
  • Access to grant funders and social investors.

The first programme will be based in London.

Radhika Bynon, Programme Lead for Reimagining Rent said:

We know that there are many entrepreneurs working hard to tackle the huge challenges in the private rented sector. This is a great opportunity for them to receive a comprehensive package of support that will help them to grow their businesses, including expertise in scaling innovations, powerful peer learning networks and access to investors and funders. We are delighted to be offering this support as the need for change in the private rented sector is urgent, especially for those who are vulnerable and on low incomes.

Our call is now open. Applicants need to submit an initial expression of interest before completing an application form, so that we can provide feedback.  The deadline for expressions of interest is 29 September and the final closing date for applications is 13 October.


Notes to editors:

  1. For interviews and more information please contact: Lucie Russell. Email: Tel: 07931 507873
  2. The Young Foundation confronts inequality by working with people to create the changes that will lead to more equal and resilient communities. We work alongside communities, using the tools of research, to understand how people experience inequality and their solutions, and social innovation, to find new ways of tackling social problems.
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