Virgin Unite

Virgin Unite is Richard Branson's non-profit foundation, launched in 2004. We are focused on entrepreneurial approaches to driving change in the world. As we all confront a "lost generation" of workers in this ongoing economic crisis, Virgin is catalyzing entrepreneurship and good business principles to build opportunities.  Our Carbon War Room team recently brokered a significant deal that will invest as much as $650 million in Miami and Sacramento to help retrofit existing buildings to slash energy consumption. This could stimulate over 17,000 new jobs. We are working with other cities on similar deals and hope to achieve a 1-billion ton carbon reduction, while creating tens of thousands of jobs. 

Our entrepreneur centers in South Africa and the Caribbean are mentoring youth, connecting inspired minds to opportunity, and becoming engines of hope and economic growth. We are exploring how similar efforts can make a difference in other parts of the world, such as Zimbabwe, and even in the UK and America.  We are core founders and principle funders of the Elders, enabling Nelson Mandela to pull together the likes of Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, and Ela Bhatt to bring their considerable influence to bear on everything from Middle East peace to ending the child marriage of girls.

Rock the Kasbah is all about innovation, and it will launch Richard and Virgin Unite’s campaign in America next year to create a global network of entrepreneurship and new opportunity. We're in discussions with a number of companies to create opportunities in a new way.

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The Eve Branson Foundation

The mission of the Eve Branson Foundation is to improve the lives of women and young girls in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco through access to business, education and health care. The Foundation provides them with educational opportunities, vocational training, work space, tools and other necessary resources to create marketable goods. As a result, these women and young girls have the possibility of becoming economically self-sufficient and able to generate income to support themselves and their families.