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1. We want to hear your stories about Leeds and your ideas for its future 2. Were looking for people with great ideas to make Leeds a better place to live and work. 3. Were looking for businesses to support social entrepreneurship and create new investment in Leeds 4. Weve launched Amplify Leeds to look at whats good and bad about living here and to understand what the people of Leeds want for their city in the future. Were starting with a range of research and community activities to understand the challenges and whats important to people in Leeds. We aim to bring all parts of the city together by creating a shared vision for the future of the city and to make it a better place to live and work. Amplify Leeds is a (Socially Sustainable Places) partnership between Leeds City Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and The Young Foundation. The programme runs from April to December 2015 with an aim to extend it for a further 2 years. How can people and organisations become involved? We aim to work in partnership our intention is to amplify the existing work being carried out in Leeds rather than replicate or duplicate. We encourage everyone to sign up for updates, and participate. http://www.amplifyni.org www.facebook.com/groups/AmplifyNI www.twitter.com/AmplifyNI 5. The Leeds Accelerator will work with up to 15 social entrepreneurs and innovators between October and December 2015 in partnership with Leeds City Council, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Centre for Justice Innovation, and the Leeds business community. The Accelerator provides business support to accelerate the growth of social ventures through a combination of A formal taught curriculum A bespoke investment readiness service The Accelerator focusses on 4 areas of Market, Finance, Social Value, and Implementation. We are particularly interested in people with innovative ideas in the following areas; Health and well-being, Financial exclusion, Criminal justice, Gender. If you are interested in a place on The Accelerator please contact Stuart Thomason, Head of Venture Development. http://www.amplifyni.org www.facebook.com/groups/AmplifyNI www.twitter.com/AmplifyNI 6. We are working to create new social investment streams in Leeds over the next three years. The Leeds Accelerator will work with up to 15 social entrepreneurs and innovators between October and December 2015 in partnership with Leeds City Council, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Centre for Justice Innovation, and the Leeds business community. We are looking for partners in the Leeds business community to: Sponsor places Provide expert mentors and coaches Provide inspiring spaces and venues Businesses in Leeds will benefit from; Increased investment in Leeds for social innovation New business opportunities and networks Helping the council to deliver its vision of civic enterprise If you are interested in working with us and for more information please contact Nat Defriend, Programme Manager or Stuart Thomason, Head of Venture Development. http://www.amplifyni.org www.facebook.com/groups/AmplifyNI www.twitter.com/AmplifyNI