Living It Festival

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600 attend fantastic Living It Festival

More than 600 people turned out to UnLtd’s Living It Festival last weekend, making the event the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Held at Google Campus in London, the festival was the grand finale of our latest campaign to celebrate and showcase young social entrepreneurs – and what a 48 hours it was!

A vibrant mix of young people, partners and supporters from all over the country came together to share ideas and inspiration, and give their time to connect and help each other. There was an epic programme of 45 interactive sessions, entertainment, and a whole host of fun and games to keep people engaged across the two days.

In total 43 organisations took part in the event which was supported by our campaign partners – O2 Think Big, TOMS, Google Campus and Eventbrite. Sessions included ‘Working together to support young social entrepreneurs’, ‘Education perspectives: adventures in social entrepreneurship’, What we know: how to unleash the potential of young people’, How to make money while doing good’, Make your idea happen’, and ‘How to build a tribe’.

 

The Lived It Awards

At the event we also staged the first-ever Lived It Awards which recognised the achievements of some inspirational young social entrepreneurs. Josie Emberton, Head of Young UnLtd, said: “It was a truly remarkable weekend to remember and the biggest event of its kind in the UK. Supporting young people to realise their potential and be the change they want to see in the world is fundamental to our mission at UnLtd. We’d like to thank everyone who came to the event and our partners for making it such a success.”

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Fourth Wall Theatre Network’s Daniel Bridgewater clearly delighted with his Innovation Award (public vote)

Hosting the event at Google Campus was significant, not only because it is the technology hub of London and a mainstream start-up institution, but because Google opened its doors to a wild diversity of passionate people who are actively solving a full range of social challenges.
UnLtd will keep working with key and influential players and partners to raise the profile of social entrepreneurship, and to ensure that people can access relevant support anywhere and at every stage of their journey from passion to action.

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Innovation Award (judges’ choice) winner Ann Marie Imafidon of STEMettes

 

Lived It Award Winners

The Living It Festival was the perfect place to launch our inaugural Lived It Awards. More than 100 people joined us to celebrate young social entrepreneurs, their projects and supporters in a special ceremony on Friday night. The Awards were hosted by our dynamic comperes Shivani Mair (one of UnLtd’s first ever young Award Winners) and UnLtd Trustee Richard Tyrie, with entertainment from ‘Beatfreeks’.

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Luke Rodgers of Foster Focus, winner of the Young Social Entrepreneur Award (judges’ choice)

From 42 online nominations and 5,009 votes we were left with 21 finalists. From these, thanks to our panel of expert judges, we were given 11 incredible and inspiring winners.
The full list of winners is as follows:

Impact Award (public vote): Curly Hair Project – Alis Rowe

Impact Award (judges’ choice): Beyond the Classroom – Amma Mensah

Enterprise Award (public vote): Sports Alive – Ryan Manville

Enterprise Award (judges’ choice): Tutors United – Joel Davis

Innovation Award (public vote): Fourth Wall Theatre Network – Daniel Bridgewater

Innovation Award (judges’ choice): STEMettes – Ann Marie Imafidon

Supporter Award (public vote): Creative Youth Network

Supporter Award (judges’ choice – joint winners): MakeSense and Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneurs Award Programme

Young Social EntrepreneurAward (public vote): Emily Yates – Accessible Guide to the Commonwealth Games

Young Social Entrepreneur Award (judges’ choice): Luke Rodgers – Foster Focus

Each winner received a trophy, framed certificate, a signed copy of Blake Mycoskie’s book “Start Something That Matters” and a free one-to-one mentoring session with an UnLtd mentor. Winners in the judges’ choice categories also received a voucher for a pair of TOMS shoes.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.

You can see more photos from the Living It festival on Flickr, here.

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