Citrus Saturday was founded by UCL Advances with funding from an EU Interreg IVb NWE programme grant to encourage and facilitate Open Innovation.
Citrus Saturday launched with a successful pilot in the London Borough of Camden in 2011.
2012 saw activities run for a second time in Camden, and we extended our pilot, working with young people in Edinburgh, Dublin, Somerset and Tower Hamlets.
2013 saw us expanding into Belgium as well as offering the programme to all UK secondary schools, with 200 immediately asking to get involved! In July 2013, London saw the biggest Citrus Saturday event yet, with 75 young people from Camden, Islington and Westminster selling their products at locations as diverse and exciting as Camden Market, Covent Garden and Paddington Station.
In late 2013, we were thrilled to be asked by the Commonwealth Secretariat to deliver the programme in Swaziland, and we launched simultaneously with Mozambique on Saturday 9th November!
In 2014, International Citrus Saturday took place on 5 July in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, Swaziland and Mozambique.
It was our biggest event yet and our participants in London alone used 16,000 lemons, 8,000 oranges and 7,000 limes in one day!
Citrus Saturday continued to grow with 150 young people joining in at the UCL student led activity and other events happening across Europe and Africa.
Citrus Saturday now happens across 8 European countries and 3 countries in Africa! We’re working with hundreds of young people a year to introduce them to entrepreneurship and involving hundreds of volunteer mentors to help!