A year to test and build solutions to some of society's toughest problems.
Year Here is a platform for young professionals who want to build smart solutions to entrenched social problems.
Unlike a traditional Master's degree, Year Here is immersive, action-oriented and grounded in the daily experience of those at the frontline of inequality.
Our portfolio of ventures include:
Appt – a healthtech startup that uses behavioural economics to help NHS patients manage their chronic health conditions.
Birdsong - a fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos
Fat Macy’s - a catering company that trains homeless Londoners to run supper clubs, with profits going into a savings scheme helping them raise a deposit for their first flat
Cracked It - a training programme for young people who are involved in gangs or are at risk of school exclusion to fix cracked iPhones, as an entrepreneurial route away from gang crime
These ventures are businesses with a social purpose, attacking thorny social issues from different angles. They’ve been collectively generated £750,000 revenue and reached over 2000 beneficiaries – from gang members and homeless teens to isolated older people and refugee women.
They’ve been backed by Nesta, Ashoka, UnLtd, Bethnal Green Ventures, the Big Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – as well as being recognised with Housing Excellence Awards, Stephen Lloyd Awards, Tech for Good Awards and WeWork Creator Awards. And they’ve received national coverage in The Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, Financial Times and BBC News among others.
Year Here is a social enterprise; meaning that we are a company that exists to bring about positive change in society rather than to maximise shareholder profits.
We’re a deeply committed team of 5 surrounded by a faculty of 70 social innovation experts – the great and the good of Britain’s social impact world. We care about being first-rate professionals, learning with restless vigour and having fun along the way.