William Bentinck, Viscount Woodstock

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William Jack Henry Bentinck, Viscount Woodstock (born 19 May 1984) (Graf Bentinck [1]) is a London-based social entrepreneur and speaker. He was a Vodafone Foundation World of Difference winner in 2011 [2] and co-founded social enterprises Ragged University [3] and Levantine Links.[4]

Background and education[edit]

Lord Woodstock (known as Will Bentinck) is the elder son of English actor Tim Bentinck, 12th Earl of Portland and couture milliner Judy Bentinck (née Judith Emerson). Born in London, he attended Harrow School and Heythrop College, University of London graduating with First Class Honours in Philosophy in 2010.


While earning his degree, Bentinck co-founded The Ragged University, a free service offering peer-to-peer educational events inspired by the 19th century English ragged schools.[5] In December of the same year, Bentinck co-founded Levantine Links,[6] a nonprofit organisation recruiting high-calibre UK graduates to provide English language programmes serving children and adults in Al-Hasakah, Syria, in collaboration with the Syriac Orthodox Church.[7] In March 2012, Bentinck was named a Vodafone Foundation World of Difference winner,[8] receiving funding for an internship with Ashoka, a fellowship of the world's leading social entrepreneurs.[9]

In 2012, Bentinck joined Enternships,[10] founded by award-winning young entrepreneur Rajeeb Dey. He spoke at TEDxSquareMile,[11] is a course leader for the Accelerator Academy[12] and is a Tech London Advocates.[13]


  1. ^ Ruvigny, Melville H. (2000) [1909]. The Nobilities of Europe. Adamant Media Corporation. 
  2. ^ "Meet the Winners - First Day at Ashoka UK". The Vodafone Foundation. 
  3. ^ Crozier, Grant. "How the Ragged Uni Idea Came About". Ragged Online. 
  4. ^ "Levantine Links". 
  5. ^ "The Ragged University - Free Learning for All". 
  6. ^ "About". Levantine Links. 
  7. ^ "The Programme". Levantine Links. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Meet the Winners - First Day at Ashoka UK". The Vodafone Foundation. 
  9. ^ "Vodafone World of Difference Intern Joins Ashoka". Ashoka Global. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Will Bentinck at Shine Unconference 2012". 
  11. ^ "Will Bentinck at TEDxSquareMile". 
  12. ^ "Accelerator Academy Course Leaders". 
  13. ^ "Tech London Advocates". 

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