About the Foundation

Founded in 2007, by descendants of the original Nimrod expedition, the Shackleton Foundation celebrates the legacy of the great man in a 21st century context.

2009-2010-London-Ceremony-Envisionat10a Vision: To improve the lives of disadvantaged young people by supporting ambitious leaders with innovative social ideas.

Mission: To support social entrepreneurs who exemplify the spirit of Shackleton: inspirational leaders with innovative and scalable ideas striving to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.

We provide seed funding and support to enable aspiring leaders and social entrepreneurs to establish their own ventures. We look for long-lasting, far-reaching projects with the potential to provide solutions to intractable social problems faced by young people.

True to the spirit of Shackleton himself, we support leaders with high risk, but high potential. The projects that are awarded funding by the Shackleton Foundation are often considered too risky for other funders and may struggle to gain funding from traditional sources.

We provide assistance with practical aspects of starting up a social venture. This includes up to £10,000 in seed-funding and a year of support from a dedicated mentoring team, with expert advice on maximising impact and building a sustainable business model.

Bill Shipton CUE

Bill Shipton with students at Cambridge University Entrepreneurs(CUE)

  • Bill Shipton (Chairman)
  • Matthew Beardmore-Gray
  • David Cornell
  • Tim Fright
  • Richard Gray
  • Abel Hadden
  • Karen Kwong
  • Henry Worsley


Registered Charity Number: 1118686