23. November 2023

Calling all mental health changemakers!

Are you a social entrepreneur with scalable solutions to support the mental wellbeing of emerging adults? If so, you can apply to the incubator programme within the major Nordic initiative Next in Mind. The extended application deadline for the programme, which is supported by Kavli Trust, is 18 December.

Social entrepreneurs from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark can apply to be part of the Next in Mind incubator programme.

Application deadline is now extended from 3 to 18 December.

Kavli Trust supports the programme, which starts in May 2024, with NOK 2 million.

Read more: Kavli Trust joins Nordic initiative for the mental health of emerging adults

Next in Mind’s incubator programme is for social entrepreneurs with scalable solutions to support emerging adults’ (young adults 18-29 years) mental health and wellbeing in the Nordic countries. The programme is open to entrepreneurs from Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

“We offer a dedicated entrepreneurship programme for 20 social entrepreneurs who have reached a phase where they want to develop and scale up their business,” says Senior Programme Manager at Reach for Change, Gayatri Rathinavelu.

Read more: Information and application form on the Next in Mind website.

Gayatri Rathinavelu at the launch of Next in Mind, October 2023. Photo: Next in Mind

Target group: young adults 18-29 years old

The programme begins in May 2024. The overall goal is to contribute to the mental wellbeing of emerging adults aged 18-29 throughout the Nordic countries, by supporting and smoothing the way for entrepreneurs in this field who wish to develop and scale up their business.

Next in Mind is interested both in prevention and in solutions that make it easier for young people who are struggling to find the support and assistance they need.

Both commercial and nonprofit entrepreneurs may apply.

The programme has three main components:

  • Support and guidance for capacity building
  • Introduction to relevant local and international networks
  • Financial support

Through Next in Mind, businesses, the public sector, academia, and young adults from several Nordic countries will be involved in working with promising social entrepreneurs.

The Finnish investment firm Illusian, like Kavli Trust, collaborates with and finances Next in Mind. Several other organisations will be contributing their knowledge and competence, including Kinnevik, Northzone, Bain, Ashoka, the Eva Ahlström Foundation and the Ing-Marie Wieselgren Foundation.

COLLABORATING PARTNERS: Left to right Grant Manager at Kavli Trust, Guro Hjetland Sundsby, CEO of Reach for Change, Sofia Breitholtz, Programme Manager at Reach for Change, Gayatri Rathinavelu and new General Manager of Kavli Trust, Ingrid Paasche in Stockholm earlier this autumn. Photo: Reach for Change

Strategic advocacy work planned

In parallel with the incubator programme, Next in Mind will carry out strategic advocacy interventions across sectors, targeting relevant players in the Nordic countries.

The objective of this advocacy work is to make it easier for social entrepreneurs to run and develop their businesses, integrate them into the public health and welfare system, and sell their services to relevant buyers.

Questions? Contact:

Camilla Svedberg, Head of Communications at Reach for Change.
Phone: + 46 737 69 34 98
E-mail: camilla.svedberg@reachforchange.org


Reach for Change

  • International nonprofit organisation founded in Sweden in 2010 by entrepreneurs from both nonprofit and business sectors.
  • Strives to ensure that children and young people reach their full potential by supporting social entrepreneurs in their own local communities.
  • Has supported more than 2000 social entrepreneurs in 18 countries across three continents.
  • Kavli Trust has previously supported Reach for Change and their work for social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia and Ghana.

Read more at reachforchange.org

The Inner Foundation

  • A Swedish foundation that aims to be a catalyst for social change by investing in innovative solutions to promote mental health and wellbeing, inclusiveness, justice, and diversity in society.
  • Currently has an investment portfolio spread across Europe, North America and Africa.
  • Wishes to empower entrepreneurs who are trying to do something about the current global social crisis by uniting public, private, and nonprofit forces that foster sustainable human development.
  • Is particularly interested in enterprises that target young adults.

Read more at innerfoundation.org

Tim Bergling Foundation

  • Founded in memory of the world-famous Swedish musician Tim Bergling, known as Avicii. Established by his family after he died by suicide in April 2018.
  • Aims to promote awareness, knowledge and better access to services for mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Supports various projects, initiatives and organisations that strive to prevent suicide and offer help to people who need it.
  • Has a special focus on the music and entertainment industry, but also on young people in general.

Read more at timberglingfoundation.org

COLLECTIVE ACTION: Left to right: Founder of the Tim Bergling Foundation; Klas Bergling, co-founder of The Inner Foundation, Annika Sten Pärson, and CEO of Reach for Change, Sofia Breitholtz. Photo: Next in Mind
UNITED INITIATIVE: Three representatives for the founders of Next in Mind at the launch in Stockholm in October 2023. Left to right: CEO of Reach for Change, Sofia Breitholtz,  founder of Tim Bergling Foundation, Klas Bergling, and co-founders of The Inner Foundation, Annika Sten Pärson. Photo: Next in Mind