Our Investment Fund

In 2014,  The Young Foundation’s Social Investment in Education report highlighted the need for greater investment in early-stage education ventures, supporting them to grow and increase their impact.

Supported by UBS and the Cabinet Office, The Young Foundation launched The Young Academy Investment Fund as a pilot to fill that gap, supporting 14 ventures tackling educational inequalities through a £1.1m investment fund.

The Young Academy is now closed to new investments.

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“We recognise that, for early-stage social enterprises, securing financial investment can be a barrier to growth and achieving scale. We look forward to seeing these organisations go from strength to strength as a result of the training, mentorship and funding support provided through The Young Academy.”

Nick Wright, Managing Director, Global and EMEA Community Affairs, UBS

The Young Academy team

Our ventures are supported by both the fund management team at The Young Foundation, and our Investment Committee of skilled professionals, contributing their entrepreneurial, investment and education experience.

Our Investment Committee provides external scrutiny to the Investment Fund and extends their support and networks to our ventures.

Our Accelerator Programme

Between 2014 and 2020, The Young Academy Accelerator supported more than 70 early-stage education ventures, helping them to develop more effective products and services, and scale into sustainable organisations.

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Our social entrepreneurs

We are currently actively support nine ventures tackling educational inequalities

Early-stage support

We have also invested in and supported organisations that have since exited our investments, including Infused Learning, Proversity, and Think for the Future.

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Community research

We are a not-for-profit tackling societal issues with a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach.

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Social innovation

Involving people from diverse sectors to shape game-changing initiatives.

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