Posts Tagged ‘social enterprise’

congratulations to us !

March 29, 2012

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Ecomodo has been selected as one of the recipients of the Innovation in Giving Fund. Launched in September 2011 by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society and supported by The Cabinet Office and NESTA, the £10million Innovation in Giving Fund aims to find and back innovative ideas for increasing volunteering and charitable giving. Over 430 applications for funding were received and 62 were shortlisted to pitch their ideas to a selection panel between December 2011 and March 2012.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: ‘We want to connect more people with the power to make a positive difference.  Through this Fund we want to back brilliant new ideas that can help make that happen.’

Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA, says:  ‘We are at a tipping point where new technologies are providing exciting new platforms to radically change the way we give, volunteer and share.’

For us at Ecomodo, we see this as a fantastic opportunity to take a giant leap forward to improve and evolve our platform for lending and borrowing. We have been awarded £50,000 to increase growth and engagement through a number of activities including: enhancement and development of our service experience; building new ways to connect to and use Ecomodo; and support for the exploration and co-creation of new initiatives focused around specific channels.

More information on the Cabinet Office’s Innovation in Giving Fund, managed by Nesta.

Watch our pitch to NESTA on Vimeo


does design have power?

February 17, 2011

Meriel Lenfestey, co-founder of social enterprise, asks if design can really change people’s behaviour, a site that enables people to lend their goods and services for free, for a fee or for charity, started life as an experiment in whether the power of design could change people’s behaviour for the benefit of the environment and the community.

The thinking was that everything exists within our communities to live the lives we want, without rushing out to buy yet more goods.

Read on ..

yippee .. we’re finalists :-)

October 25, 2010

Ecomodo has been unveiled as a finalist at the Startups Awards 2010 in the  Home-based Business of the Year category.

“Ecomodo’s place among the finalists of this year’s Startups Awards is testament to the company’s originality, flair and strong prospects for growth. With such strong competition, to have reached this stage is, in itself, a superb achievement,” says Sara Rizk, Editor,

Meriel Lenfestey, co-founder, comments: “We’re delighted that we’ve been selected as a finalist in the StartupsUK awards. This endorses our approach of building a business which is sustainable in every sense of the word – a real social enterprise”.

The Startups Awards 2010, organised by, comprises of 13 categories, each showcasing the best new businesses in the UK. is the UK’s largest independent online resource for budding entrepreneurs and the Startups Awards is one of the leading events on the small business calendar.

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