Annual Review 2015/16

At Founders4Schools, ambitious growth is in our DNA. This year we have been building our capacity and scaling our activities at an exciting pace with one core objective in mind; to inspire as many young people as possible.

2015 has been a landmark year for Founders4Schools and it is immensely rewarding to witness the palpable change that leaders of scaleup businesses have made to the trajectory of tens of thousands of students’ futures. The network of inspiring business volunteers across the country has continued to broaden over the past year, allowing the number of student-employer encounters facilitated by Founders4Schools to pass 100,000 - an achievement that we believe is truly worth celebrating.

Teachers across the country realise the importance of connecting their students to high growth companies, and our incredible team has made it easier for them to do so - in just a couple of clicks. Thank you! I continue to be impressed by how much a small dedicated team can achieve and feel blessed every day to have such talent dedicated to our mission.

This purposeful activity has occurred within the wonderful environment of our home at the Digital Catapult Centre in the heart of London’s tech scene, and with the oversight of our talented Board of Trustees.

Although this review is a celebration of achievements from our first year of operation as a charity, it is also an opportunity to thank all our supporters, teachers, business leaders and partners who form the integral pieces that, together, will solve the puzzle of youth employability. It is their support that has enabled Founders4Schools to be a leader in the global movement to inspire today’s youth for tomorrow’s world of work.
Looking ahead to next year, I hope to increase the number of student-employer encounters from last year by tenfold.

With foundations firmly laid, a focused and talented team on board, and having secured sponsorship deals from both Barclays and the Careers & Enterprise Company, I'm confident we'll get there.

Sherry Coutu