'We’ve been welcomed to get to work and collaborate' - Lemonade co-founders

The latest batch of ventures has emerged from Year Here, a programme designed to cultivate entrepreneurial approaches to entrenched social problems. Among this year's cohort is Lemonade, which steps in when young people are waiting for mental health support. Co-founders Angie Kalou and Tessa Jennett tell us more

How would you describe what your venture does to a 10-year-old child?

Long waits for mental health services are a dangerous waste of time. When young people are down and waiting, we pick them up, empower them to pick themselves up, and teach them how to pick each other up.

What was the tipping point that made you realise your idea could work?

The overwhelming support we’ve received across the education, health and youth sector. They’ve confirmed that there is not only a need to fill a gap in the system, but also an opportunity to add genuine value. We’ve been welcomed to get to work and collaborate.

What's the most valuable thing you've learned in the past year?

No matter the situation, never miss an opportunity to delight people. We learned this from Sophie Howarth. She weaves wellbeing into workshops with creativity, thoughtfulness and compassion.

Dreaming big, where could your business be in 12 months' time?

From the outside, we’ll be the go-to solution for social prescribers and recognised by both the health and education sector. And on the inside, we’ll be surprising young people with an offer that is timely, creative and stimulating.

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Year Here gives (mostly young) professionals the chance to build entrepreneurial responses to society’s toughest problems. Over one year, participants learn from, and design with, people at the frontline of inequality – in care homes, hostels and youth services across London. Read more about Year Here ventures here

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