What would we do without UnLtd?

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We’ve made three applications for funding to organisations which support start-ups. The first one failed because we were ‘not advanced enough with the ColaLife project’. The second one failed because ‘we were too advanced’. The third application was to UnLtd and today we heard that this bid has been successful. They have agreed to provide us with an award of £15,000 to cover living expenses to enable us to dedicate ourselves full-time to ColaLife. The award is a joint award to Jane (my partner in ColaLife and life!) and me.

This is wonderful news. Like so many people say “What would we do without UnLtd?”. The money is one thing but the other benefits are just as important:

  • Getting an UnLtd Award is a highly competitive process and knowing that our plans have been scrutinised by some of the best brains in the social enterprise world and been approved will help other supporters see us in a more serious light.
  • UnLtd has a cracking reputation for spotting winners and helping them get started. Our aim is to enhance this reputation further.
  • Then there’s the UnLtd support network that we are now part of as an award winner (actually, UnLtdWorld and SETAS are open to all).

This couldn’t have come at a better time. There has been an atmosphere of excitement and anxiety at the prospect of me giving up my job to focus full-time of ColaLife. But as the date approaches, the anxiety was definitely getting the upper hand over the excitement. But not any more!

We will publish our UnLtd/ColaLife plans tomorrow but right now I’m going to have a beer!

Thank you UnLtd. We will reward your trust in us.

Onwards and upwards.

If you devote your time & attention to the highest advantage of others, the Universe will support you.

Buckminster Fuller

Comments

  1. Andy Clarke says:

    Congrats!! Very proud of you for achieving it – keep the good work up 🙂

  2. Result.

  3. I am so pleased, this really is the best news I’ve heard in a long time, I hope it helps get things moving forward more quickly. I’m full of admiration for everything you have done to get Colalife this far Simon. Congratulations and well done for your perseverance.
    Tracey

  4. That is wonderful news for you. Congratulations!

  5. Kate Andrews says:

    Congratulations Simon!

  6. Magdalena says:

    This is great! Congratulations!

    Un abrazo,

    Magdalena

  7. Many congratulations, your dream is becoming a reality. A lot of hard work ahead but this is excellent news – well done . . .

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