Hatch supports underrepresented entrepreneurs from across the UK to imagine, launch and grow businesses that are sustainable, successful and have a positive and lasting impact on their communities. We’re committed to building a fairer society by helping develop entrepreneurs’ skills, knowledge and confidence through our unique programmes designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We’re not typical of the third sector. Although we’re a charity, we think and act like a business. Since 2014, we’ve supported more than 5,000 UK entrepreneurs to flourish, building a vibrant network of partners, funders and investors who share our vision in the process.
Dirk Bischof, Chief Executive of Hatch Enterprise: “We're very excited about partnering with the Empower London Foundation and The London Festival to celebrate every facet of capital life. Hatch was born in South London, but we have quickly scaled to deliver to founders across the whole of London, as we saw the huge potential in supporting underrepresented founders bring new products and services to markets and their local communities. The partnership with Empower will allow us to continue to invest in these founders and support them along the journey to build sustainable and impactful businesses in the coming years.”
Literacy Pirates provides a high quality, after school learning programme, to improve the reading and writing skills, and increase the confidence and perseverance of children. We run our programmes in fantastical pirate themed learning centres, and now online.
They work with children aged 9 to 13 years old; around the transitional years between primary and secondary school. Literacy Pirates work exclusively with children referred by their school, who are both falling behind and have fewer advantages in their personal circumstances.
The programme is devised and led by teachers, with over 300 volunteers giving young people extra personalised attention. It takes place in a specially created positive learning environment, because learning happens best when we have a smile on our face.
Literacy Pirates: “Empowering young Londoners to do better at school and beyond is at the heart of our mission. It’s a value we share with Empower London and one of the key reasons we are thrilled to be one of their chosen charities. We aim to amplify the voices of the young people we support and The London Festival promises to be an exciting and powerful platform for our organisation, we can’t wait!”
Polka is one of just a handful of dedicated children’s venues in the UK. Presenting a year-round programme of new work made at Polka, visiting shows, and Creative Learning activities for 0-12-year-olds from their much-loved home in Wimbledon. Polka continues to pioneer developments in children’s theatre, nurture artistic talent in the sector, and maintain an international reputation while serving our local communities.
They involve children at every stage of the creative process, and lead the way in Early Years theatre for under 6s supported by our academic collaborators and the EU-funded small size network. Creative Learning is central to their mission –Polka’s shows are supported by tailored community and schools initiatives that benefit around 20,000 largely disadvantaged and disabled children each year. Polka Theatre produces at least six new shows a year, commissioning new writing and adapting children’s stories for the stage.
Polka Theatre: “Polka wholly aligns with Empower London Foundation’s focus on families and on education. We prioritise reaching underprivileged communities and disadvantaged children notably across our East Merton communities. It’s a privilege to be selected as a debut partner of the Foundation and to have the chance to advocate culture in Merton Borough and promote Polka’s work more widely.”