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Visionnaires – making an impact on the UK’s ‘hidden entrepreneurs’

Visionnaires has launched its first impact report showing the difference our inclusive learning programme and new business support is making to the diversity of UK entrepreneurship.

Says Pablo Lloyd, Co-founder and CEO of Visionnaires: “We launched Visionnaires to find and support those ‘hidden’ entrepreneurs – women, people from ethnic minorities, disadvantaged areas, neurodiverse people, the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities. And, of course, many of our entrepreneurs would consider themselves to have more than one of those protected characteristics. I’m delighted that our impact report is evidence that we’re inclusive of all and doing exactly what we said we would!”

The headlines:

  • We’ve supported over 1000 entrepreneurs
  • Two in three of the entrepreneurs we support are women
  • 50% are from a Black, Asian, or other ethnic minority backgrounds
  • 20% go on to set up and run profitable businesses

One recent participant, Nadia Bocheva, explains her experience: “I found the workshops very interesting actually and very well organised. It was great to have them delivered by an experienced person in business. Also, my mentor has a really nice, calm, approach. And he’s very fair in how much time he gives to me.” Nadia’s online wellness business.

Visionnaires entrepreneurs take their idea and turn them into actionable business plans during a five-day, free learning programme. Nine out of ten participants rate their experience with us as excellent and nearly 70% rated themselves as having high/very high confidence to start a business at the end of the programme compared to just 20% at the beginning.



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