£600k raised as oldest pair breaks document rowing throughout the Atlantic in ‘The Entrepreneur Ship’  


Man Rigby and David Murray – with a mixed age of 124 – made the row to lift funds for UnLtd, a charity that helps entrepreneurs from marginalised communities

Chartered accountant Man, founder and Chair of the Entrepreneurial Providers Group at Smith & Williamson, and his fellow crew member David, entrepreneur, investor and sports activities fanatic, set off on twelfth December from La Gomera within the Canary Islands. After rowing two-hours-on-and-two-hours-off for 50 days throughout 3,000 nautical miles – dealing with wind, 20ft waves and residing on dehydrated meals rations – the crew efficiently reached Antigua immediately. 

Man and David made the unbelievable row to lift cash for UnLtd, a charity that finds, funds and helps social entrepreneurs within the UK. In his function at Smith & Williamson, Man spent a few years working with entrepreneurs to develop their companies – and witnessed the constructive impression of entrepreneurship on wealth and job creation. Nonetheless, he was keenly conscious of the obstacles confronted by aspiring entrepreneurs from marginalised backgrounds, together with ladies, folks with disabilities and people from minority ethnic backgrounds. The charity is dedicated to inclusion, with 50% of its funding awards going to social entrepreneurs from marginalised communities.


So far, Man and David have raised a complete of over £600,000 with the assist of a few of the most influential companies within the entrepreneurial ecosystem, together with Smith & Williamson, Mishcon de Reya and Crowdcube. They’re additionally supported by Tech Nation, Founders Discussion board, London Tech Week and FieldHouse Associates. 

Rigby mentioned: “Having the ability to row by the darkness, the sunshine and the stormy situations has been the spotlight for me over the previous few weeks. The night time time rowing – and the sunrises and sunsets – have been beautiful. Nonetheless, like each extraordinary journey in life, it has a finite timeline and I’m trying ahead to ‘actual life’ and seeing my household and mates. To not point out, after a brutal regime of ‘eat, sleep and row’, a scorching bathe and correct sheets!” 

“We’re extremely grateful for the donations which have been pouring in for Unltd, to assist social entrepreneurs begin and construct companies which can be helpful to their communities and the broader world. We stay up for serving to execute the deployment of those funds as soon as we arrive again on land.”

Murray added: “Every thing has been superb and I’ve actually embraced the solitude and the night time skies, having the ability to get away from ‘on a regular basis life’ and actually reset. I’ve realized quite a bit about myself. When you’re drained mentally and bodily you go to some extraordinary locations. I can’t wait to return again to land to see household and mates – and likewise the funds we have now raised getting used to assist social entrepreneurs who sometimes discover it tough to fund their enterprises.”


Julian Corridor, founding father of Extremely Training, a social enterprise that gives entrepreneurial schooling to kids and younger folks no matter their background mentioned: “An enormous congratulations to Man and David on making it to Antigua. With the proceeds going to such a tremendous organisation like UnLtd, we have been delighted to be a part of the fundraising marketing campaign and have been blown away by their dedication!”


Mark Norbury, Chief Government at UnLtd commented: “Congratulations Man & David in your momentous achievement! We’re deeply honoured to have been part of your journey. We’re blown away that these efforts have raised over half one million kilos, which can go to supporting social entrepreneurs on their very own journeys into the unknown. As we eagerly cheered you on all through the row, we particularly admired the way you demonstrated the qualities of social entrepreneurs: resilience, creativity, and a willpower to make society higher. It’s a good distance throughout the Atlantic, and we commit to making sure this funding will go to comparable lengths in constructing an financial system pushed by inclusivity and neighborhood.” 


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