Southampton Football Club have announced their brand-new Positive Impact Pledge, which will provide an entrepreneur or start-up with a £20,000 grant and expert mentorship from within the club.
The Pledge will see young, challenger businesses who are dedicated to delivering positive impact submit an initial application, laying out their plans on how they will drive change.
From there, the proposals will be shortlisted, and the successful applicants will be invited to Southampton’s home ground, St. Mary’s Stadium, to pitch their business plans to senior board members at the club.
The winning applicant will receive a £20,000 tax-free grant and gain valuable business advice and guidance with their business plans, ensuring that they come to success in the future.
A statement from Southampton read: “During such challenging and testing times, the club has identified the Pledge as a chance to help support like-minded businesses with original ideas and power their growth. Rather than let innovation go to waste, the club wants to harness the creativity of entrepreneurs and start-ups and offer them support to help turn pioneering concepts into reality.”
The south-coast club has declared the plans as part of a key initiative to the long-term Corporate Sustainability Strategy.
Southampton Football Club’s Chief Commercial Officer, David Thomas, stated: “We work relentlessly with all of our club partners to create positive impact together and I am excited by the opportunity to create even more positive change through the launch of the Positive Impact Pledge.
“It is often in challenging times like this that genuine innovation can happen, and we want to champion that creativity.
“The club has always been a challenger brand and we want to uncover an entrepreneur or start-up with the same mentality and values. We encourage anyone that this strikes a chord with, to give it a shot and submit an application.”
Author: Jake Wilkin