Today, the 30 new ventures for Big Venture Challenge 2014 have been announced. Following on from last year’s success, The Shaftesbury Partnership are excited to be supporting this year’s social entrepreneurs, as they prepare to tackle social issues, ranging from health and wellbeing to education and youth unemployment. Examples of this year’s winners include initiatives like Bridges Self-Management, which enables people living with long-term neurological conditions to take control of their rehabilitation and daily lives, and The Alternative School, which provides specialist education for young people who require additional support to succeed. We at Shaftesbury will be particularly looking at how to connect these ventures to the right networks and opportunities, which will maximise their social impact. We will work closely with the social entrepreneurs to understand their models and their offer to society and draw upon our own experience of scaling, in order to develop these worthwhile ventures as effectively as possible. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations and individuals who have supported Big Venture Challenge so far and we look forward to continuing with this new and inspiring cohort.