June Newsletter

Welcome to the Social Impact Lab's monthly newsletter!
Look forward to social innovation stories, information about our events,
updates from our partners and more!

Tea and Cake for Impactful Research

Successful collaboration with the Doctoral College

On the 22nd of May, we held an interactive design thinking and research impact event led by Dana Thomson, as part of the Festival of Doctoral Research 2019, funded by the Doctoral College at University of Southampton and the Social Impact Lab.

PGR students across Faculties joined this event to practise the mechanics of impactful research approaches.
Dana Thomson (Senior Analyst with Flowminder Foundation and a PhD student in the Department of Social Statistics at University of Southampton) and Karen Clinkard (Southampton Business School) facilitated the group discussions and self-work activities to support participants to further scope-out a research impact plan.
Next steps will include supporting an online community through the Social Impact Lab Facebook page and a forthcoming event in July led by PGR students. Watch this space!

Our Partners: Student Enterprise Team
 Enternship Grant Fund -
student businesses take the leap to develop with funding and support over the summer

This summer, the Student Enterprise Team (based in the Careers and Employability Service) are launching a new opportunity for students – the Enternship Grant Fund! This scheme provides funding of £2,500 and tailored support for each successful candidate to work on developing their business idea over the summer.

The Student Enterprise Team received a large, diverse and high-quality range of applications for this unique opportunity and, after careful consideration, selected the Enternship Grant Fund cohort for 2019.

Excitingly, a significant proportion of the early-stage ventures being supported through this scheme are either social enterprises or work towards creating positive social change, reflecting the significant commitment of the student community to social impact. Furthermore, the Enternship Grant Fund received applications from exactly 50% male and 50% female applicants - a definite success for gender equality in business!

We can’t wait to hear more about the Enternship Grant Fund cohort and how they progress through the summer – look out for updates in future newsletters.

Social Impact in Focus 


We are delighted to feature our newest partner, Mumbai based social venture Kranti. Kranti means revolution in Hindi, and their work is nothing less than revolutionary: helping the daughters of sex workers to become change leaders.
Kranti works with girls born and raised in Kamathipura, a red-light area in South Mumbai. The Krantikaris (revolutionaries)are daughters of sex workers and the surivors of trafficking, each aged between 13-23. Kranti has helped girls to go on to secure admission at universities in the UK and USA through a holistic programme which includes education, workshops, travel and theatre.
Kranti's girls have become the first girls from India's red-light area to study abroad, and received UN awards for their social justice work. In 2016, Kranti's alternative school was named a Top 10 Finalist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. Krantikaris are currently studying abroad in London, Rome, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and have gained admission to top ranking Indian universities for the first time this year.
We’ll be hearing more from Kranti during this year’s Spark India fellowship, and hoping bring their story as part of our new Social Impact Leaders’ Speaker Series podcasts.
Watch this space for more information about our partnership!

Find out more about Kranti:

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