Young Foundation

The Young Foundation brings together insight, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. They have a 55 year track record of success with ventures such as the Open University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Healthline (the precursor of NHS Direct). They work across the UK and internationally – carrying out research, influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting others to do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology. The On Purpose Associate was part of a team spanning the Young Foundation and NESTA that provided a Regional Innovation Funds Advisory Service to the NHS’s Strategic Health Authorities in England. The Regional Innovation Funds were established in April 2009 to promote innovation in the NHS; alongside similar initiatives in the United States, it was the first time in history that investment on such a scale has been delivered with the sole aim of driving innovation.