New project wants to fund community start-ups in Hackney

Box Up Crime founder Stephen Addison. Picture: UnLtd

Box Up Crime founder Stephen Addison. Picture: UnLtd - Credit: UnLtd

Start-ups tackling community issues are being urged to apply for a new programme launched on the back of a successful scheme in Hackney that helped 175 people into work.

Financial firm UBS, who ran Hackney Connect, has teamed up with UnLtd, a foundation for social entrepreneurs, for East End Connect.

The Hackney Connect programme supported social entrepreneurs including Stephen Addison, who was inspired to launch his own educational boxing academy after seeing friends drift into gangs and crime.

East End Connect, which will also run in Barking and Dagenham, will offer people expert support and funding of up to £5,000 to make their idea a success.

Mark Norbury, UnLtd CEO said: “Hackney Connect was a great success, driven by local young social entrepreneurs and UBS’ support, so we’re delighted to be working with a whole new cohort.

“It’s important and timely that East End Connect is launching now, when our social problems are so challenging.”

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