Introducing the Rapid Recovery Network

  • Karmel Edmonds

    Karmel Edmonds

    Programme Manager

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15 Mar 2021

Nesta Challenges is forming a network to help people recover their jobs and finances in light of COVID-19 – we need organisations of all shapes and sizes to join us!

Today, we are excited to launch our Rapid Recovery Network, a key and important element for the next phase of our Rapid Recovery Challenge. 

Registering your interest in joining the Network couldn’t be more simple, either fill in this short (2 min) survey or email rapid.recovery@nesta.org.uk to let us know you are interested, or to ask any questions.

For the past four months, 14 innovators have been hard at work developing and iterating their solutions to best meet the needs of the Challenge’s target audience: 

  • those in insecure work
  • those in low paid work 
  • younger people who have either lost their jobs or who may be at risk of losing their jobs.

The innovators have been developing plans and fine-tuning their tools in readiness for an intensive scaling campaign this spring. To support the innovators in their scaling endeavour, we are today announcing our Rapid Recovery Network. We are calling for organisations of all shapes and sizes to join us in helping get these innovative and intelligent tools into the hands of people and communities whose jobs and finances have been most affected by the pandemic.

Organisations that join the network will become part of a very practical and tangible piece of the recovery puzzle and will be able to offer the people that they work with tried and tested tools and services which will have a measurable impact on their lives. They will also be invited to a demo day to hear about the tools and provided with materials to facilitate ease of sharing tools with their audiences.

Leading the way are our recently funded Community Outreach Grantees: The Big Issue Group, Do it Now Now and Youth Fed. Each of these not-for-profits will receive grant funding from JPMorgan Chase to work closely with our innovators and make bespoke plans to get innovators’ tools into the hands of their audiences.

We believe that bringing together like-minded organisations with intelligent, impactful and human-centred tools can have a large scale impact on the job and financial consequences of COVID-19.  To find out more about the tools, be invited to our demo day and receive resources to help you share these innovative tools with your end-users – visit the Network webpage now. 

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