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1 Brave Friend

1 Brave Friend

Building the next generation social growth platform that helps people learn about other cultures, communities and identities with their friends.

A Better Society
Alice SI

Alice SI

Bringing transparency to social funding through blockchain technology

A Better Society
Angry Monk

Angry Monk

An online platform for low-impact produce. Connecting chefs with exceptional sustainable & surplus food direct from local sources, and pay suppliers fairly.

A Sustainable Planet
AskUltra

AskUltra

AskUltra is a mobile-based platform that features personalized entrepreneurship for kids.

A Better Society
Babihub

Babihub

Improving Early Years Health & Education Through Smart Connected Products

Healthy Lives
Birdsong

Birdsong

Ethical, sustainable clothing - Dress in Protest

A Better Society
A Sustainable Planet
Breathe Happy

Breathe Happy

Find the human connection in online yoga.

Healthy Lives
Bright Little Labs

Bright Little Labs

Interactive stories to promote critical thinking, computer science and equality for all kids

A Better Society
COGS AI

COGS AI

Personalised learning software that helps neurodiverse young people to fulfil their academic potential.

A Better Society
COYOSY

COYOSY

Making ethical tech the new norm

A Sustainable Planet
Cercula

Cercula

A tool that gives construction professionals the data they need to reduce their impact on the planet. Designing the carbon out of construction.

A Sustainable Planet
Chanua Health

Chanua Health

Helping to bring innovation to your products and services.

Healthy Lives

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Chatterbox

Learn a language, change a life

War, famine and climate change continue to drive growth in the number of refugees worldwide. Despite high levels of education and professional experience, many refugees face barriers to gaining employment. Chatterbox bridges that talent gap by helping marginalised professionals find opportunities in the online economy.

How it started

Chatterbox was founded in 2016 by Mursal Hedayat MBE, an Afghan refugee, and was later joined by co-founder and Y Combinator alumna Guillemette Dejean. Chatterbox joined our Autumn 2016 cohort, receiving investment from BGV at programme and pre-seed stage. “BGV's advice and support has been invaluable.” says Mursal, Chatterbox CEO.

How it's going

Chatterbox is now working with global companies such as Unilever, FTI Consulting, and BNP Paribas. Through the power of language learning, they help their customers improve cross-regional collaboration, inclusion and cultural intelligence. In 2021 the team raised a £1.5M pre-seed round. They’ve won numerous awards and have featured in the likes of the BBC, The Economist and The Times.

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