Two U.K. tech figures are to row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for a charity that funds social entrepreneurs from minority backgrounds.
Guy Rigby, founder and now chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Smith & Williamson, and entrepreneur, investor David Murray will raise money for UnLtd, which has supported more than 15,000 social entrepreneurs in the U.K.
The pair have so far secured around £350,000 for UnLtd, with support from the U.K.’s Tech Nation, Founders Forum and London Tech Week. You can donate to their fundraising efforts on the The Entrepreneur Ship here. They will also be part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Other tech orgs are invited to sponsor their efforts.
UnLtd has previously backed startup firms, including Patchwork Hub, which built an accessible employment platform run by disabled people, as well as EduKit, which developed an app to help school staff understand and address the mental health needs of their students.
Over the last year, UnLtd supported 662 social entrepreneurs, 42% of whom identified as being from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background and/or having a disability.
Rigby and Murray will row the 3,000 miles in December 2021 from the Canaries to Antigua, which they hope to reach in February 2022, rowing individually, 2 hours on, 2 hours off, around the clock for the duration of the crossing.