Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
In 2013, Greta successfully raised £11,000 for Akasha Innovation through crowdfunding to guarantee full scholarships for the first cohort of young changemakers. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) selected this as their featured campaign on their Kickstarter page after inviting Greta to become a fellow. In 2015, Greta has been accepted as a fellow of the EY Accelerate Programme 2015 to work with a coach to improve her business skills and financial sustainability of the Akasha Akademy. Also in 2015, Greta has qualified as a coach from the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and has been invited to co-facilitate a series of entrepreneurship workshops for the New Entrepreneurs Foundation.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The work of Akasha Innovation has attracted the support of top advisors from organisations such as the Elders, Save the Children, Impact Hub, and University College London. Giles Hutchins, the celebrated author of “The Nature of Business” and “The Illusion of Separation”, is one of our advisors and endorsed our work with young people after joining one of our workshops: “Akasha Innovation provides much needed expertise, insight and support to empower students and young innovators to make transformative change a reality.”
We also work with leading organisations in the fields of education and social change, such as The Exponentials and Positive News. Seán Dagan Wood, the editor of Positive News reported: “The team at Akasha Innovation have built a powerful, holistic approach to helping people create positive impact in their own lives and the world. They integrate diverse viewpoints and cutting edge learning with a wisdom that takes our understanding of sustainability and leadership to a new level.”
We are now starting to work more closely with other like-minded organisations working with young changemakers. Pioneering organisation Ashoka is amongst our backers: “The world needs every young person to contribute to positive social change. The Akasha Akademy gives you the right training to master the mindsets and skillsets you need to make it as a changemaker.” (Matthias Scheffelmeier, Ashoka Europe)