Spotlight: Jessica Stacey


What drives you?

At Bethnal Green Ventures I  can add up all the parts of what I have done before. I am not following a clearly defined career path. To me, social values and doing something that is interesting and has a positive impact are my biggest drivers. I love being surrounded by people who have have a drive and ambition to make a difference in the world.

Biggest SocEnt trend you have seen in the last 5 years?

Advances in technology have resulted in new solutions to big social and environmental problems. We’re seeing a new breed of social entrepreneurs thinking about digital tools and services that tackle big problems at scale. These tools and services can be prototyped quickly and relatively cheaply, making it easier and quicker to get something off the ground and into the hands of people whose lives it will change.

Currently reading

Tech For Good Global blog posts and videos, and I’m making my way through the back catalogue of Radiolab podcasts


Jess worked in PR and marketing for an investment firm before getting involved with Social Entrepreneurship through Matter&Co. In September 2012, she joined Nesta to spearhead their policy and research efforts in the field of acceleration. “Our report ‘Startup Factories’ looked at how accelerators work and how they spread around Europe. It was a big success. We wanted to build a research project that was directed towards practitioners, and entrepreneurship academics got interested. We started collecting data from different organizations for a longitudinal study. Along with Good Incubation, we published some other reports on accelerators (conventional and impact-focused). Working at Nesta was a great experience because I was able to work on what I was interested in. It was almost like university. When it was time for a change, I joined Bethnal Green Ventures.”



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