About the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Five entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016 and are in with a chance of winning £10,000, with runner-up prizes of £6,000 and £4,000.
The finalists have been selected from our Scale Up Programme, part of the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs.
More than 200 social entrepreneurs applied for the programme. Only 42 gained a place.
Following a tough application process and a Dragons’ Den-style panel, our judges then picked five finalists to run for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 – based on the impact they create, the growth they’ve achieved and the potential of their plans.
Adam Annand, London Bubble (London)
Speech Bubbles is a playful, nurturing intervention that supports young children referred with a communication need. Speech Bubbles is a project from London Bubble, a company that makes theatre with its community.
Carolyn Edwards, Genie In The Gutter (Liverpool)
This not-for-profit is a bridge-to-recovery service providing informed choices around drug and alcohol treatment to active substance misusers. It offers recovery, creativity and performance-based sessions.
Donna Rowe-Green, Dig in North West (Lancashire)
Dig In North West is a peer support to military veterans with mental injuries as a result of their service. It offers activities such as gardening, carpentry and photography as a means to grow confidence, reduce isolation and increase employability.
Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence (London)
Gendered Intelligence’s mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity. It specialises in supporting young trans people. It delivers programmes and support for young people and carers, trans-awareness training and educational workshops.
Sophie Unwin, Remade in Edinburgh (Edinburgh)
Remade in Edinburgh is a multi-award-winning social enterprise. It teaches people how to repair household goods, runs upcycling workshops, sells repaired goods, and campaigns for zero waste.