13 Feb 2015

Blackstone Charitable Foundation awards BGV $150k to boost alumni support

By Paul

We’re delighted to be able to announce that Bethnal Green Ventures is one of the recipients of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s 2015 Innovation Grants. Over the next year we’re going to use the $150,000 funding to grow our offering to alumni of the BGV programme, helping to extend our support well beyond the initial three month programme and really build up the peer support network between founders.

It was pretty tough competition! Apparently there were 550 applications and only twenty grants have been awarded. The reach of the grantees’ programmes extend across the U.S., U.K., South Africa, India, and the Middle East. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was founded at the time of Blackstone’s IPO in 2007 with substantial commitments from the firm’s employees. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation aims to foster entrepreneurship in the US and globally. You can find out more about the Foundation and the other organisations they support on their website.