On this page you can hear from the ventures themselves about what they do and the social change they are trying to create.
Scroll down further for case studies from our first two cohorts
Check out our ventures presenting the progress they have made on the Incubator and pitching to investors on Demo Day
This video includes Surf and Turf Camps, Right to Succeed, Code College, Edukit & SpireHub
This video includes Staffrm, Class Careers, Boxup Crime, Proversity.org and The Lesson Wire
The social problem:
740,000 young people are currently unemployed. Those wishing to enter further education face £9,000 tuition fees. 1 in 6 young people believe they will end up on benefits. Bridging the gap between young people and employers is critical, yet 4 in 5 schools have been found not providing satisfactory careers advice or information about apprenticeships.
Many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are missing out on opportunities which exists as they lack the advice, support and guidance to access school-leaver vacancies and make informed career decisions.
We enable conversations between prospective employers and young people aged 13-19, so pupils are provided with accurate information about work placements, apprenticeships and employment opportunities.
We use an online platform to broadcast live workshops from prospective employers directly into school classrooms and moderate a live online chat-room where pupils can ask individual questions.
The class careers model challenges both expensive and poorly delivered support models. It replaces generic advice with specific sector insight and allows young people to see the opportunities which are currently available, through peer to peer interaction.
The high-impact model is funded by industry and so is available to schools, sixth forms and colleges for free. Companies such as Sky and Pinsent Masons fund the online workshops in order to broadcast through their recruitment budget.
Our approach has the potential to disrupt the careers marketplace, by replacing an outdated model with an accessible platform which equals the recruitment playing field
Class careers have worked with 300 young people to date, linking them directly to 3 employers. We have worked alongside 20 teachers to deliver this model, with schools and colleges from right across the country including London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.
Working with YF has helped to better understand the needs of schools and establish more relationships with them. YF has also been hugely beneficial in identifying and measuring the social impact of the online workshops and providing a place to interact and make friends with other entrepreneurs in the field.
Class Careers have an exciting future ahead having had 500 schools and colleges sign up to participate in their online workshops and are now talking to employers from a range of industries.
Think for the Future - Nottingham & Derby - Autumn 2014
The social problem:
Young people aged between 11 and 17 lack education in schools relating to drugs, crime, gangs and sex. Ofsted have commented that low levels of education and a lack of understanding of pupils needs within these areas remains a problem. Due to the removal of PSHE and wellbeing education from the curriculum, a large proportion of young people in secondary schools from across the country, are unaware of very serious issues that should be acquired from main support centres.
We want to reduce the amount of young people involved in crime as well as the number of young people falling victim to sexual and emotional abuse. We take people with lived experience of these issues and train them to teach young people the consequences of negative decisions. This model is powerful and equips young people with the knowledge they need to reach their full potential; working closely with the education system to help them create these structures that are aided through our workshops.
We believe this model has the potential to improve the teaching system and radically improve education. By bringing in more lived experience of the issues young people face we can challenge perceptions and improve performance.
Since the start of our operation in June we have been booked with 8 school establishments, one summer establishment and a Teach First teacher training programme. We have delivered 137 sessions which has been delivered to 1,044 young people across Nottingham, as well as 60 teachers across the East Midlands. Averagely across sessions, 69% of student within our programme were found to have regularly taken part in criminal activity and had very low perceptions of the potential consequences, with an overall of 89% having at least committed one crime. Within the end of the course there had been an increase of 42% for the understanding of the consequences in taking part in criminal activity as measured by their perception of crime as well as a 56% increase in their perception of their own well-being .