FLiP is awarded £87,000 from Nominet Trust

We’re over the moon to announce that we have received funding from Nominet Trust to develop our 360-degree strengths feedback tool for young people. Alongside this award we are launching FLiP as a new social venture working with youth-led organisations to deliver scalable digital solutions tackling youth unemployment. It’s exciting times!

As some of you know, FLiP is an online tool that lets young people build a strengths profile based on feedback from trusted friends on Facebook and other social networks. The profile can be used when creating CVs and preparing for interviews by giving young people valuable information about themselves. FLiP can help people who don’t know what they are good at build confidence and apply themselves better to reach their full potential.

The backing will allow us to go from prototype to product over the next 15 months while creating a sustainable business model and we are looking at youth development organisations as key delivery partners.

In addressing current levels of youth unemployment, the government’s youth policy (Positive for Youth 2012) outlines the important role of youth workers and youth services supporting young people’s personal and social development as part of their pathway to employment.

During our first phase of concept development in London, we met some great youth workers running fantastic programmes but found themselves short of time and looking for new ways to engage young people through digital platforms. It was during the testing of FLiP in these employment support workshops that we saw real potential for the tool. The support workers were able to assess a young person’s strengths more efficiently and focus on tailoring the right support for them. The strengths profile also generated valuable discussions in CV building and career advice sessions.

We’re planning on providing some great technology to youth development programmes that can help organisations tap into the social capital that young people bring with them.  It gives us great confidence to have the support of Nominet Trust, who are backing early-stage social start ups and share our vision of delivering real impact at scale. We’re building an amazing team of developers and creative brains to work on the venture over the coming months with our partners.

We will be sharing details of this next phase of development in our blog and newsletter, but for now we just wanted to share our excitement about what’s coming up next!

In the meantime, if you want to come and talk us please drop me a line at bruno@thisisrepresent.com

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