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Microsoft AI for Good Start Up Programme

We’ve teamed up with Microsoft to support their exciting Global AI for Good initiative. We’re working in partnership to deliver a special AI for Good cohort for the Microsoft for Start-ups. Together we can show that the biggest opportunity for AI is not for AI to shape our future, but for people to shape AI to make the future we want to see. Applications are open until 9AM on 14th January 2019, for any UK organisations (all phases of growth) using AI for social impact.

“Microsoft realises that the biggest opportunity for AI is not for AI to shape our future, it’s for people to shape AI to make the future we want to see. That’s why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Microsoft on the AI for Good Start Up Programme.”

Ed Evans, Deputy CEO and Investment Director, Social Tech Trust

Further information about the programme and how to apply is available here.


Vodafone Techstarter – A Social Innovation Award

We believe that cross-sector collaboration, is vital in achieving transformational change at scale.  That’s why we’ve joined forces with Vodafone and the Vodafone Foundation to develop Vodafone Techstarter –  a new Social Innovation Award.

The programme recognises that valuing the social purpose of tech from the outset, opens up potential for tech to play a more meaningful role in addressing social challenges.

We received over 250 applications and the shortlisted Techstarter Top 50 are available to view here!  Twelve finalists will be selected and put forward to the judging panel in January 2019.

 

About Vodafone Techstarter

The Vodafone Techstarter Social Innovation Award is a new partnership between Vodafone and Social Tech Trust.  The total prize fund of £300,000 aims to support the UK’s efforts to create the best environment for developing and scaling new tech innovations that help people, drive prosperity and well-being for communities and protect our environment.


The Awards

The prize fund will recognise both social businesses and charities.  There will be ten prizes awarded across three categories:

 

Category 1 – Not-for-profit awards, only open to charities, NGOs and community interest companies (CICs).

  • Four winners will receive a £35,000 prize in cash each and a full 12-month programme of support and value-in-kind.

Category 2 – For-profit awards, only open to commercial businesses, enterprises and for-profit start-ups.

  • Four winners will receive a £35,000 prize in cash each and a full 12-month programme of support and value-in-kind.

Category 3 – Vodafone Champions Award will be chosen by popular vote amongst Vodafone employees across the UK.

  • Two winners, one from each of the two categories above, will receive a prize of £10,000 cash each.

 

In addition to financial awards, winning Vodafone Techstarters will receive a programme of support, bespoke to their needs.  This will include in-depth mentorship and access to expert consultation across a range of technical, legal and supply-chain areas; marketing and communications support; investment advice & support; access to commercial partnerships; and full access to our support and networks.


For full FAQs, visit the Vodafone Techstarter website.

 

Key dates and milestones

Stage 1 Applications: Open at 12.00 midday on Thursday 20th September 2018 and close at 12.00 midday on Tuesday 23 October 2018. Applications are now closed.

Stage 2 Applications: If you are successful at Stage 1, you’ll become one of our 50 Vodafone Techstarters, and you’ll be invited to submit a Stage 2 application.  Invitations will be made in November and will close on 26 November at 12.00 midday. Applications are now closed.

Shortlisting finalists: Twelve teams will be selected as finalists and will be notified by email in December.

Investment decisions: Twelve finalists will be put forward to the judging panel in January 2019. The eight winning teams will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2019.   Two of the finalists will receive the ‘Vodafone Champions’ award voted for by Vodafone employees all over the UK.


Other recent Social Tech Trust grant programmes

Tech to Unite Us is the inaugural £0.5m grant fund of our Innovate Social Tech programme. It aims to demonstrate how tech can reach its transformative potential when it’s driven by one of the greatest opportunities of our time – equality. Eligible ventures applied for a grant of up to £45K over a 9-12-month funding period. Technical assistance is provided to accelerate venture growth.

In November we announced the 9 talented teams that we’ll be working with.  All are innovative ventures that are at an early -stage, with the potential for transformative social impact at scale and the ambition for growth and sustainability.  You can read more about them here.

Tech to Unite Us has now closed for applications.

For more information on Tech To Unite Us, read our blog.


 

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