Innovation lessons of past decades have fallen by the wayside. Challenges offer better value for money, more diversity of approaches, and a means to shape markets ripe for development – and could provide the moonshot advances that society needs.
Wanted: great ideas from innovative organisations, charities and tech companies keen to help more vulnerable workers in their jobs and finances – Nesta’s £2.8m Rapid Recovery Challenge opens for applications this week.
Could fintech disruptors give community lenders a new burst of energy – and help them compete with their for-profit, mainstream competitors? Six partnerships, backed by the UK government's Affordable Credit Challenge, will soon find out.
Bite-sized stories this week from the impact economy around the world: a “historic shift” among impact investors on impact measurement, insights on family giving, Starbucks backs coffee cup recycling drive, and more.
What happens when a philanthropic foundation starts offering repayable finance? Anything from stronger relationships with investees to “awful situations”, as we heard recently. Pioneers Post digs a little deeper.
Bite-sized stories this week – featuring a Middle East opportunity for wellbeing-focused enterprises, scale-up support for those helping people with complex needs, royal accolades for social enterprise leaders, and more.
Plus: Bridges raises £35m for second social outcomes fund, Palladium's first impact fund targets $40m for African small businesses, Scotland's first community-owned school building and impactful chocolate in Indonesia...