We’re a charity that challenges ourselves and others to think differently about the relationship between tech and society.  We provide the investment and support needed for social tech ventures to grow and scale their social impact.


Our vision is for a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech

A decade of experience has shown us that tech has the potential to play a crucial role in addressing some of the greatest social challenges we face today. If we’re merely passive consumers of tech, we have no control over its direction and little influence on how it impacts our lives. It doesn’t have to be this way.  We are the designers, creators and consumers of tech. It’s up to us to decide and shape what tech can do for us. Which is why our vision is a world where social transformation drives tech.

 

Our purpose is to transform lives with tech

We exist to ensure that tech delivers positive and equitable social impact: that when our lives are transformed by tech, they are transformed for the better.

 

Values

Our values define who we are and guide our decisions and behaviour. We’re purposeful and work hard to achieve our vision.  We’re open and collaborate with others to share the knowledge we create.  We’re entrepreneurial in our approach – finding creative solutions, celebrating success and learning fast from failure.

 

Our background

Since 2008, we have supported almost 800 socially motivated initiatives in the UK, providing more than £31m of funding to transform lives with tech.

Through this work, we’ve played a vital role in developing the social tech ecosystem and have built an extensive track record of successfully supporting social tech ventures to deliver financial and social returns.

Originally established as the corporate foundation of Nominet, the Trust became fully independent in 2018 and formed a new strategic partnership with Social Investment Business.

As Social Tech Trust, we continue to provide grant funding and support to organisations that are addressing social challenges using tech to transform lives.  We are also partnering with the UK government to increase access to capital to enable the strongest social tech ventures to scale.