Financial Health Fellowship 2017
In 2017, the Lab is partnering with anti-poverty charity
Toynbee Hall to support the best innovations for improving financial health.
Running from May to November 2017, Fellows will benefit from monthly business strategy sessions, peer coaching, mentoring, specialist workshops and two residential leadership retreats. Unlike intensive classroom-based incubators, the Fellowship programme is focussed on action learning, community development and collaborative leadership. The sessions build Fellows’ knowledge of the causes of financial ill-health and confidence in dealing with the wider financial system. Find out more about the programme structure
here, or read our FAQs.
Financial Health Fellows
13 Fellows working on projects that have the potential to support financial health, including flexible financing to support new parents, an app that uses social gamification to encourage saving, a new financial model for social housing and a community bank for London. Meet the Fellows here.
Why financial health?
1.7 million adults remain unbanked in Britain today. Only 41% of British households are saving, while 12 million people lack access to affordable credit. Financial exclusion damages mental and physical health, undermines social relationships and can affect households’ ability to fulfil basic needs such as food and heating.
Current approaches to tackling these issues often result in products designed from the top down, with a focus on providing access to products that don’t work for the reality of many people’s lives. We want to support innovations that work from the bottom up, with a focus on what people need and want, and an understanding of the wider factors that drive financial ill-health. Read
our blog to find out more about our understanding of financial health and opportunities for innovation.
Our Advisory Group
Advisory Group supports the Fellows with project guidance, helps shape the programme’s policy engagement work, and champions the programme.
We are extremely grateful to our supporters –
University of Cumbria, Chartered Banker Institute, Friends Provident Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust and NatWest.
We profile the development needs of each of our Fellows carefully and match them to a mentor who can help them address key business and personal development challenges. Read about our mentors, who bring a wealth of skills and experience from a variety of sectors, including fintech, social investment, policy, academic and systems change,
Our External Evaluator
Damon Gibbons (Director, Centre for Responsible Credit) has been appointed the programme’s
External Evaluator. He will report on the effectiveness of the programme to support Fellows and deliver wider impact in Spring 2018.
Lab Fellowship 2016
In 2016, we supported
16 Fellows working on financial innovation that put people and planet first. Read what they thought of the programme here.
Interested in becoming a Fellow?
Register your interest by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will let you know when new Fellowship opportunities arise. Please note that
the theme of Lab Fellowship may change
the programme is designed for start-up businesses, but we also welcome applications from later-stage innovators facing significant change and innovators within existing financial organisations who want to repurpose a product or service
Fellows are asked to contribute to the cost of the programme according to their ability to pay.
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