According to the NHS Mental Health Organisation, 75 percent of children and young people who experience a mental health problem aren’t getting the help they need. Zinc, a London-based investor, kicks off a brand new venture building program to tackle the mental health crisis in children and young people.
New fund from Zinc VC
Zinc VC will be investing in 70 founders and the ventures they will build during the programme. This will create better, more accessible and more effective solutions to ensure that every child and young person can grow to become a healthy adult, living a thriving and fulfilling life.
The company has carefully selected a highly diverse cohort of global founders who are fully committed to the same mission. They will build a set of brand new scalable businesses.
The group of founders in the new fund include senior professors, ex-Premier League footballer, high-flyers from giant tech companies like Facebook and Amazon, doctors, serial entrepreneurs who want to have a social impact, creatives from the performing arts, teachers, psychologists, and many others. The program will officially launch on November 24, 2021 in London by Nadhim Zahawi.
The founders will be backed by over 100 industry leaders in their domains including Mustafa Suleymen the co-founder of Google Deepmind, and Professor Peter Fonagy Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families UK Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi said: “Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people has never been more important. I am delighted to see 70 entrepreneurs stepping up to address this challenge at Zinc. As an entrepreneur myself, I know how exciting and challenging it is to create and scale a new business. I am looking forward to seeing the fruits of their hard work.”
“Zinc provides a unique platform for ambitious and driven entrepreneurs who want to build a new business that will solve one of the most pressing issues we’re facing today, which has exacerbated during the current pandemic. We’re hugely excited to be backing such an extraordinary cohort of diverse, passionate, skilled and experienced founders.” said Ella Goldner Co-Founder at Zinc VC.
Kevin George, former Premier League Footballer said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to harness my experience and passion for sports and psychology to change kids lives”
Alison Metcalfe, a professor and a former university Pro-Vice-Chancellor “Having spent over 20 years in Academia I am looking forward to working in a dynamic, experimental environment to turn my experience and knowledge into new innovative products”.