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“What can you build in a year?”

Zinc will support an exceptional female tech Founder on the next Zinc Venture Builder, starting in November 2021, to celebrate our former colleague, Rose Acton. Sadly, Rose passed away in December 2020, age 28, after being diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma.

Rose was a Founder on Zinc’s first ever Venture Builder programme, who later stepped down from her role as a co-founder at Parla and joined Zinc’s team. Zinc’s Venture Builder offers brilliant individuals the opportunity to co-found and build their own mission-driven commercial business from scratch.

Rose was a polymath, who deeply cared about financial inclusion, the empowerment of women through technology and solving some of the hardest societal problems. You can read more about her 18-month journey here.

Some of Rose’s greatest attributes were grit, ambition, courage, passion, diligence and curiosity.

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To keep her legacy alive and to cherish her memory, we are launching the Rose Acton Award which will fund an exceptionally ambitious technical female Founder with a background in software development/engineering/data sciences, who demonstrates Rose’s values. The winner will then join Zinc’s next Venture Builder programme to improve the emotional and mental health of children and young people.

Each Founder in the cohort receives a £12,000 stipend across the first six months of Zinc’s Venture Builder programme, to assist with living costs as they find their co-founder and establish their business. The recipient of The Rose Acton Award will receive an additional six-month personal stipend, providing a full year of individual support.

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How to apply?

If you wish to apply to the award or nominate someone please:

  1. Apply to the Zinc Venture Builder programme as a Founder here.
  2. Fill out this form to express your interest. You will be required to write three short personal statements, of up to 150 words each, highlighting how in your professional and/or personal life you’ve demonstrated courage, how you’ve followed your passion and how you’ve shown grit.
  3. Fill out this form to nominate someone. Know someone exceptional? We’d like to meet her! Please take 5 minutes to recommend her to us.

The winner will be announced on October 12th and is dependent on the applicant obtaining a place on the programme.

Who is eligible?

The Rose Acton Award is available to one woman from the technology sector, who has been offered a place on the Venture Builder Programme starting on 1 November, 2021, to improve children and young people’s mental health.

When is the deadline?

You must both apply and be accepted to the Zinc Venture Builder programme by 7 October, 2021. You can apply for the Venture Builder and the Rose Acton Award at the same time.

What is the criteria for selection?

The Zinc team and Rose’s family will assess candidates based on demonstration of Rose’s values of courage, passion and grit in their professional and personal lives.

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