The Big Venture Challenge is run by UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK, and supports entrepreneurs by giving them access to business support, powerful connections and match funding to help them raise investment and deliver social impact at scale. Following a pilot in 2011, the programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund to support a total of 100 new social entrepreneurs over the next three years.
The 2013 Big Venture Challenge saw social entrepreneurs from around the country apply to scale their ventures with an expert team. Just 30 were chosen and have been announced at the Big Venture Challenge launch today – and we’re very proud that The Reader Organisation is amongst them. Our Director Jane Davis and Managing Director Chris Catterall are down at the launch in London representing us, and will be looking forward to meeting the other winners at what promises to be an exciting day.
The future is already looking bright for The Reader Organisation, with our plans to develop The International Centre for Reading and Wellbeing at Calderstones, and being part of the Big Venture Challenge will build more opportunities for us to reach the widest range of Readers.
You can follow the launch of Big Venture Challenge throughout the day on Twitter @BigVentureChall or use the hashtag #BVC2013.