Red Bull reveals the 15 founders joining its newly launched programme – Amaphiko Academy – supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a viable startup venture.
The global programme is already successful in fifteen locations – including Johannesburg, São Paulo, and Baltimore – and has supported over 120 talented, emerging social entrepreneurs.
Following an 8-day programme, the selected applicants will be partnered with a mentor to develop a business and personal strategic development plan, while receiving support for the next 18 months to level up their social project.
The UK cohort includes James Marshall, whose business 10T turns waste materials into streetwear, Mary Otumahan, whose enterprise The Record Shop supports up and coming musicians and Regina Zang, who’s therapeutic services, MENDU, provides a more accessible self-care service to women who’ve been effected by mental ill-health.
Reggie Yates, writer, director, broadcaster, who will be hosting multiple workshops during the programme said: “Red Bull Amaphiko is an amazing opportunity and platform to enable young social entrepreneurs to make a real difference in their community.
“My involvement comes from personal passion for change and I’m incredibly proud and excited about the opportunities that the Academy will open up to prospective applicants. The programme will be packed with workshops, talks and networking opportunities, which will be a great starting point for many of these young people.”
The first UK programme is set to take place in Bradford 28 September – 6 October 2019 and here are the list of startups who made it through:
Education and Career Opportunities
- Mary Otumahan – THE RECORD SHOP
- Mercedes Benson – Social Fixit
- Alvin Owusu – The Advantage Group
- Paulette Watson – Academy Achievers
Environment and Sustainability
- James Marshall – 10T
- Alice Ojeda – Authentic House
- Abena Poku-Awua – Legacy Market Place
- Sean Morrison – Pulsitos
- Rose Deakin – The Crop Club
Health and Wellbeing
- Mark White – Your Town CIC
- Tim Chapman – Pan Pickle
- Regina Zheng – Mendu
- Ben Tinkler – The Swan Song Project
- Kayleigh Russant – Prom Queen Social Club
- Simone Sistarelli – Popping for Parkinson
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