The Young Academy was designed in response to Social Investment in Education, a Young Foundation report that highlights the potential of social ventures to improve educational outcomes and the challenges they face in scaling up.

The programme builds on The Young Foundation’s long track record of building the sustainability, growth and impact of hundreds of social ventures through programmes such as The Accelerator, Reimagining Rent, Amplify and Realising Ambition.

The Young Academy pilot (2014-2017) was enabled through founding grants from the Office for Civil Society’s Social Incubator Fund (managed by the Big Lottery Fund), Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and UBS.

We are delighted to continue delivering the programme through ongoing support from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS.


The Young Foundation finds new ways of tackling major social challenges by working alongside local communities, using the tools of research and social innovation.

The Young Foundation has created and supported over 80 innovative organisations including: Which?, The Open University, Language Line, Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), School for Social Entrepreneurs, Studio Schools, Uprising and Action for Happiness.

Find out more about our work: www.youngfoundation.org




Our Team


Adam Kybird

Director, Innovation & Investment

Adam oversees our innovation and investment work across education and housing.

Adam has several years of experience in the social finance sector, having previously worked in impact investing and management consultancy.

Tatevik Sargsyan

Programme Manager

Tatevik leads on developing our education innovation programmes and manages the design and delivery of the accelerator.

Tatevik previously worked for a cultural charitable foundation and has a background in policy and arts.

Sarah Faber

Head of Ventures

Sarah manages the Young Academy investment fund and provides support to help ventures achieve growth in their social impact and become sustainable businesses.

Sarah is a qualified accountant and has a background in social investment.

Programme Partners

NPC is the Young Academy’s impact partner. NPC is a think tank and consultancy that helps our ventures to establish a culture of evidence as they implement and improve their programmes.

Whole Education is the Young Academy’s education partner. Whole Education is a partnership of schools that helps our ventures to increase the impact and effectiveness of their programmes and build links with the education sector.

Programme Mentors

Over 70 volunteers from our partners Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS have provided over 2,100 hours of pro bono support to Young Academy ventures since 2014.

Volunteer mentor, Fiona King, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: "This volunteering gave me the opportunity to use the skills and experience I have built up during my professional career in a new and interesting way, giving me the chance to have a direct impact on a small, but very high potential company."

Investment Committee

Decisions about investments from our fund are made by the Young Academy investment committee. The committee is made up of people with a wide range of expertise spanning education, innovation, finance and investment.