Digital skills start-up Fluency secures £110,000 to “help open doors” for young people

Clearly Social Angels and Bethnal Green Ventures lead investment in London-based social enterprise

Fluency, a start-up which offers digital skills training to unemployed young people, has raised £110,000 in a round led by angel investor group Clearly Social Angels (CSA).

Early-stage tech social accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures also participated in the round.

Launched in 2013 by female entrepreneur Sinead Mac Manus, Fluency is an e-learning platform that helps train young people with digital skills and also facilitates work experience in start-ups and small businesses.

It works with organisations and charities like The Prince’s Trust to “open doors for young people”, train them and then connect them with businesses “suffering from the digital skills gap”.

The ‘tech-for-good’ company intends to use the funding to expand the businesses with the end-goal to achieve its mission of getting the 75 million unemployed young people around the world into work.

Fluency founder Mac Manus said of the investment:

“We believe that digital skills are job skills and that every young person, no matter what their background, has the potential to be digitally fluent and take their place in the future economy. We need to harness these latent digital talents and spread the benefits of technology to all rather than create a divided society of the tech-haves and the tech-have nots.

“We’re really proud of what we have achieved in our first year of Fluency and this investment and the support of our amazing group of angels will mean we can scale the business fast and get as many young people into jobs as we can.”

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