East End Connect

Empowering social entrepreneurs to transform Hackney, and Barking & Dagenham

We know that people in every community have the talent and potential to find solutions to social problems. We have partnered with UBS to launch East End Connect in Hackney and Barking & Dagenham. We will support 42 social entrepreneurs in these areas to start, grow and scale social ventures tackling challenging local social issues.

East End Connect builds on the momentum and impact of UBS-funded Hackney Connect programme which helped 175 people into employment and benefitted more than 2,000 people around Hackney. We want to continue to help people with enterprising ideas develop the confidence, skills and connections to make their ideas for social change a reality.

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How can we support you?

Our Do It Awards give you up to £5,000 cash, alongside a tailored package of support, so that you can create a social venture to tackle any social problem you’re passionate about fixing.

To help you take the next step in your journey, we work with you to grow your plans and access the help you need from people who provide specialist support.
We work with a range of specialist advisors to help you tackle difficult challenges. This could include things like legal advice, financial planning or human resource issues.
We work with social entrepreneurs like you to secure resources (including finance) that will allow you to test new ideas, increase the impact of your venture and grow as an individual.
We support individuals who are:
  • Aged 16 or over and living in the UK
  • Not part of an established organisation
To be eligible your idea must:
  • Have a real social impact
  • Fulfil a clear need and demand
  • Have clear outputs and goals
  • Provide a learning experience or opportunity
  • Beneficiaries must be UK based
Ideas and ventures are not eligible for an Award if they:
  • Are part of your paid employment
  • Involve political or religious campaigning
  • Involve activities outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Involve employing people other than yourself to carry out most of the work
  • Are mainly for people to achieve academic qualifications
  • Are to fund living expenses
Submit an Expression of Interest
Throughout the year we have three opportunities for social entrepreneurs to apply to UnLtd for an Award. You can submit an Expression of Interest at any time.
Should your Expression of Interest pass our initial assessment you will be sent further application documents to complete along with a detailed breakdown of the application process. Below are the key dates for 2018:
Expressions of Interest received on or before: Final submission date for application documents: Final decision meeting week commencing:
27th March 2018 24th April 2018 25th June 2018
1st August 2018 30th August 2018 29th October 2018