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Turn on the Subtitles

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th August 2018
"If you want to teach a nation to read: Just turn on the subtitles". This simple advice might just help make kids become proficient readers... Oli Barrett MBE, amongst many other things, co-founded StartUp Britain, Tenner, and social innovation agency Cospa. Tenner, for example (now run by Young Enterprise), has challenged over 250,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month,...
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Cracked It - Mobile phone repair for social good

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th July 2018
Cracked It, is a social enterprise staffed by young ex-offenders and at-risk youths, teaching them marketable phone repair skills and providing the means and opportunity to make money. For things that can cost insane amounts of money, smartphones certainly tend to break a lot. Did you drop your phone? The screen is broken. Sit on it? The screen’s broken. Look at it too hard? Screen’s ...
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Chip[s] Board - an eco-friendly idea well baked

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th April 2018
Chip[s] Board - The startup that's on a mission to find value where others see waste with their eco-friendly material made out of potato peel...It’s slow work, but the world is going through the process of realising that we need to rely more on green, eco-friendly, sustainable...well, everything possible, and making the switch where viable. Building materials, furniture, and cutlery might no...
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Nesta’s ShareLab Fund

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd April 2018
Continuing our series of business articles relating to homelessness and vulnerable people, we take a look at two social good platforms focused on housing. These platforms are both benefiting from funding from Nesta’s ShareLab Fund, a fund supporting organisations to develop and test business models that make an impact on social issues. A look at Fairbnb With 78,180 families ...
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Bigmoose - great coffee served with social good

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd April 2018
Bigmoose Coffee Co. - The Welsh coffee shop that's on a mission to help the homeless and vulnerable in Cardiff We have written previously about startups helping the homeless get into work, with the likes of Beam and TAP. With around 280,000 homeless people in the UK alone, homelessness is a big issue (no pun intended) that needs to be addressed, and more and more startups are appearing to do just...
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Work for Good - smarter charity giving for SME's

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th March 2018
Work for Good - the platform designed to make it easier for SME businesses to give to the charities and causes they care about. Giving is good. Few things, excluding fudge, make us feel better than doing good, making a difference, changing people’s lives - usually for the better, except when they deserve it, Gary. Plenty of businesses give to charity, totally out of goodness and not tax pur...
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Catalyst for Change

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th March 2018
The Liverpool startup, Oh This Way, that's providing alternative education and training for creative people, bridging the gap between education and industry.  Older generations like to complain that the young are lazy and brought up wrong, and that this generation and then this generation will be the cause of the world ceasing to spin. But then along come people like Robyn Dooley to pro...
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Beam - crowdfunding to help homeless people get into employment

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th February 2018
Homelessness is a sad, frightening, and important topic. With 8000 people sleeping on UK streets and a further 200,000 ‘hidden homeless’ - those with only temporary accommodation, like hostels or even the backseat of their car - it is strangely easy to forget that these absurdly large numbers represent actual people. That’s 280,000 individual human beings. We have written before ...
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[email protected]é aims to shape next generation agripreneurs and to empower better nutritional health

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th January 2018
Startups take note! Time is ticking to apply for two education and employability themed projects currently live on [email protected]é, the Nestlé innovation platform that partners with startups and entrepreneurs to create innovative, high-potential and scalable solutions to core social and business challenges. To address these challenges, the HENRi platform promotes a range of innovation ...
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Choose Love, the pop up shop selling products for refugees

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th November 2017
"Shop to your heart’s content, leave with nothing, and feel great" via Choose Love, the London pop up shop where you can buy real products for refugees. Choose Love is the world’s first shop where you can buy real products for refugees - from emergency blankets to school bags and medical equipment. All funds raised will go directly to Help Refugees, a pioneering organisation work...
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