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What is the Venture Studio?

We invest in, support, and create ventures to end homelessness. 

The Venture Studio exists to build and scale ambitious and diverse ventures in our mission to end homelessness for good.    
  
At Crisis, we wrote the roadmap to end homelessness, we understand the major challenges involved and that's why we're always looking for new solutions. 

We’re looking to collaborate with business leaders, experts, funders, researchers, and start ups working on innovative housing solutions, new pathways to employment, or better provision of housing, healthcare, or financial services.   

Join the Venture Studio

We’re seeking to invest in new housing, financial service, employment or healthcare solutions that will help us accelerate the end of homelessness. In return for your commitment to our mission, we will provide you with the funding, regular access to users for testing and co-creation, 51 years’ worth of data and market insights, connections to partners who can distribute your products in market and investors who can scale your business for the long term.

Applications to join our first portfolio are now closed. You can keep in touch with updates on the Venture Studio and upcoming intakes by registering your interest at the bottom of this page.

 

Venture support

We are actively scouting for start-ups to join the Venture Studio from across the globe, to invest in solutions that will accelerate the end of homelessness. Our bespoke programmes of support and access to experts with lived experience will enable each of our portfolio to scale and deliver commercial and social impact.


Investment

We invest in start-ups from the day they join the Studio and will support follow-on funding through our own fund and ongoing access to investors and partners.


Tailored support

A bespoke programme of support will remove any barriers to scale, tapping into expertise within tech, growth hacking, user design, leadership and homelessness.


Co-design & collaboration

We work with thousands of people experiencing and ending homelessness every year; providing a natural test bed through which to drive the right solutions to market.


Deep expertise

With over 50 years of homeless experience, we offer access to a wealth of evidence, data, insight and learnings that will accelerate the validation of your solution.


Leaders by example

You’ll have access to mentors and coaches who’ve built businesses that balance money & mission both within Crisis and across the housing, financial services and healthcare sectors.


Community

Our advisors, partners and experts are disruptors and innovators in their own right. From fundraising to exit, ideation to best practice, impact to profit; doors will be opened.

What we're looking for?

We’re a building a portfolio of ventures all united in their commitment to:

 


Scalable

Solving homelessness on a global scale, home and beyond


Diversity

Working inclusively to ensure every voice is represented


Innovation

Creating preventative solutions that end homelessness in our lifetime


Co-design

Embedding lived experience into all decisions and product development

Meet the team

Liz Choonara
Head of Entrepreneurship

Felix Litzkow
Venture Studio Manager

Aimée Bryan
Venture Studio Partnerships Manager

Ellie Broad
Community and Events Officer

Lloyd Francis
Changing Lives Grants Coordinator

 

Whether you're a startup, academic institution or an organisation looking to partner with us, we'd love to hear from you

Contact us

Connect with us

If you want to join us on our mission to end homelessness, connect with the Venture Studio team across social, drop us an email or use the form to sign up for our email newsletter. 

 

             

Our partners

We’re looking for more partners to help us build our Venture Studio, please get in touch to find out more.

Our community