Verge visits: Amaphiko London bootcamp

At the Red Bull Amaphiko Connect bootcamp, held in London last weekend, a specially selected group of enthusiastic, young social entrepreneurs met in Hackney, the borough awarded Social Enterprise Placestatus in 2017 by Social Enterprise UK,to learn how to develop their business ideas into a viable and sustainable social enterprise model.

Led by some of the brightest thought-leaders currently operating in the space, this next generation of social innovators networked, connected and shared knowledge with each other while attending workshops on skills such as registering a business, developing a business plan and learning how to build a brand and engage and communicate with audiences.

Specialists from Unltd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, were also on hand to deliver some invaluable, practical learning modules on pathways to receiving funding and the legal expertise.

The 30 plus attendees were excited to be mentored and developed by established social enterprises from all over the country and one of the key speakers was Stephen Addison, who founded Box Up Crime in 2013 to help young people avoid getting involved in gang violence. He was inspired to set up the organisation after the tragic loss of friends due to gang affiliation and crime. BoxUpCrime is an initiative which uses sports, most specifically boxing, as a tool to inspire, educate and develop young individuals, especially those who might have been involved in crime.

As part of a lively Q&A session with the young entrepreneurs, he spoke candidly about his up-bringing and experiences – and how a vivid dream inspired him to turn his life around and start up his award-winning social enterprise, which continues to go from strength to strength.

Another engaging speaker who came to share her story and knowledge was Sade Brown, founder of Sour Lemons; a leadership development organisation which has the aim of increasing diversity and social mobility in the creative industries.

Introduced to drugs, alcohol and an older crowd at a very young age, Sade at one point found herself living on the street – she talked frankly and openly about her tough but incredibly inspiring journey and how she managed to turn her life around.

Knowing all too well the impact of negative influences, and the inequity and lack of opportunity for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, she wanted to create more prospects for young, ambitious leaders from similar backgrounds to her, to help them get ahead in life and use their lived experiences to affect positive change.

The Amaphiko Connect UK bootcamps took place in Glasgow, Bradford and London and supported over 90 young people, helping them to join the 100,000 social enterprises contributing £60 billion to the UK economy, as reported by Social Enterprise UK recent Hidden Revolution Report.


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