Earlier this year, social entrepreneurs supported by the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme in association with the Big Lottery Fund, were invited to pitch to a panel in Birmingham for the opportunity to be shortlisted for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Five great finalists were chosen and the winner can now be revealed as Jem Stein, The Bike Project.
The Bike Project provides second-hand bikes to refugees in and around London. Refugees struggle to access essential resources and services such as education, healthcare, and psychological support. A bike provides a free, sustainable means to access these resources. Jem’s vision is that a bike allows refugees to hope that their future could be brighter than their past.
On winning the award Jem said: “I am thrilled to win the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. I am incredibly fortunate to have learned from the fantastic team as part of the Social Entrepreneurs Programme and working with other entrepreneurs has been so valuable to both my own development and to The Bike Project. The £10,000 prize will do a huge amount to help the project continue to expand and support refugees across London.”
Click here to find out more information about Jem’s enterprise and the difference he makes in his community.