B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Non-profit B Lab serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.
Bethnal Green Ventures is an accelerator programme for people who want to change the world using technology. It invests in and supports great teams with new ideas to help build solutions to social and environmental problems through an intensive three-month programme. It’s a new way of supporting people to grow sustainable social innovations that have the potential to change the lives of millions of people.
ClearlySo works exclusively with high-impact businesses, charities and funds. It supports their capital raising activity through financial advisory work, and introduces them to institutional and individual investors who share their objectives and values. Its clients have raised £108m in impact investment to date. Its mission is to bring impact as the third dimension into investing, where all investors consider risk, return and impact – creating an environment for entrepreneurs and businesses that make a difference to thrive.
Digital Catapult works with SMEs to help them grow and scale faster. It helps larger corporates in their digital transformation. It does this through programmes of collaboration and open innovation, by bringing academic leading edge expertise into the mix combined with the organisation’s own business and technological expertise.
Digital Leaders is a free-to-participate-in UK-wide Digital Transformation initiative of 12 regional programmes. It is the UK’s premier platform for expert opinion and networking for a cross-sector community of 40,000 members. With over 100 face-to-face conferences, salons and events annually, it has operated this online community promoting digital know-how, thought leadership and sharing best practice around digital transformation since 2010.
Futurelabs is a new co-working space for Leeds, set up by a team including the people behind the Yorkshire-based Dotforge accelerator. The space offers hot desking, fixed desk space or larger office spaces for tech businesses. It provides one of the highest broadband speeds in the city and offers 24-hour workspace access. Tenants can use meeting rooms and be in the centre of the Leeds tech community. In its first few months Futurelabs has hosted the Leeds Hack hackathon and runs Founder’s Friday networking events.