ARC Pitch Funding brings us closer to achieving One World Together

A huge congratulations to Dr. Nicola (Niki) Banks from SEED who secured £45,000 for her One World Together social enterprise in the ARC 2022 Pitch Final. The Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator is a national programme focused on turning social science research ideas into businesses or social ventures, with researchers from The University of Manchester supported by the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre.

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Taking part alongside nine other finalists also giving their highly polished, professional pitches, Niki presented One World Together: a community for Global Citizens where you can enhance the impact of your charitable giving while engaging directly with the local communities and organisations that your funds support in the UK and low-income countries around the world.

The judges were unanimous in their conviction over how difficult judging was due to the quality and diversity of ventures presented and were asked to provide funding based on those ideas they felt the money could progress on a business level and where the funds could make a big impact.

Overall three ideas were selected:

  • Dr. Nicola Banks was awarded £45,000 for One World Together;
  • Dr. Lucy Kelly (Bristol) was awarded £30,000 for Re-imagining the Diary;
  • Dr. David Rosenthal (Exeter) was awarded £15,000 for Hidden Cities.

Niki commented “One World Together are proud to have designed a system that turns existing charitable giving on its head. Your funds will reach our partner organisations around the world on a long-term, predictable and unrestricted basis: absolutely the best form of support for stronger and more agile communities around the world, able to think and invest strategically for the future and respond to the challenges they face.

With the ARC funding we hope to launch in May 2023. Please sign up to our mailing list or email us to keep up to date with our progress. We hope to see you in our community space soon!"

Find out more:  www.oneworldtogether.org.uk

ARC is part of ASPECT - a Research England funded project developing a growing network of organisations working together to support innovation, entrepreneurship, and research commercialisation in social sciences. 

The Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator is specifically designed to help academics and researchers in SHAPE disciplines (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy) explore turning their research ideas into businesses or ventures to help people, society, and the economy.

If you’re a University of Manchester researcher or academic within SHAPE disciplines, applications for ARC 2023 are now open. For more information, please email us at entrepreneurship@manchester.ac.uk