Incubating the next generation of change-makers in finance.

The Lab’s Fellowship programme supports innovators who are building financial businesses that put people and planet first.

This unique programme builds strategic know-how, collaborative leadership skills and a community of peers who will support each other to succeed. Fellowship lies at the heart of the Lab’s strategic model for systems change and is closely linked to our advocacy work to identify and address systemic barriers to change.

What is Lab Fellowship?

The programme is free to start-ups and takes place over 6 months in London. It includes monthly business strategy and peer coaching sessions, social events to connect Fellows to our wider community, and a two-day residential leadership retreat.

Unlike intensive classroom-based incubators, the Fellowship programme is focussed on action learning, community development and collaborative leadership. The programme is supported by the London Sustainable Development Commission, Ecology Building Society, Big Society CapitalLondon South Bank University and the University of Cumbria.

Read our evaluation of the 2016 Fellowship programme.

You can find out more about the programme structure here.

For more specific questions, check out our FAQs.

Who are the Lab Fellows?

Lab Fellows are the pioneers of a new financial system – one that works for people and planet. Fellows are actively developing a financial product or service which puts social or environmental concerns at the heart of the business model. They are driven by a desire to meet a real need in society and transform the way finance is done.

Click here to meet the 2016 Lab Fellows.

You can find out more about our selection criteria here.

The programme is designed for start-up businesses, but we also welcome applications from innovators within existing financial organisations who want to repurpose a product or service for social or environmental impact.

How can I apply to be a Fellow?

You can register your interest in future programmes here. If you’d like to receive news, views and invitations to events from The Finance Innovation Lab, please follow @TheFinanceLab on twitter & sign up to our newsletter below.


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“Lab Fellows represent the future of finance – a future in which the needs of the real economy, society and our environment come first.”
- Anna Laycock

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