30 November 2020
Today we open the call for applications to our 2021 AI for Social Impact Programme, in partnership with Microsoft and Microsoft for Startups. This is the third programme developed and delivered together, through a shared vision of AI that transforms the lives of people and communities.
The programme responds to an urgent need to address challenges in two key areas:
Future-proofing healthcare in the areas of:
> Prevention and early detection of cancer and other conditions
> Revolutionising healthcare settings
> Ensuring equitable access to healthcare
Revolutionising manufacturing & resources in the areas of:
> Creating more sustainable supply chains
> Building the factory & workforce of the future
> Transforming water & energy through renewables
Applications are open now, until 24th January 2021. Successful ventures will participate in a four-month programme, starting in March 2021 and will benefit from resources, advice, and one-to-one support to help them grow and scale the impact of their purpose driven AI initiative.
Ed Evans, CEO of Social Tech Trust said: “Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on our health and our work, impacting people across the UK in different ways. As we begin our recovery, our attention turns to where tech can have the greatest impact on improving lives and communities in the areas hardest hit by the pandemic. We’re looking for exceptional ventures with lived experience and a vision of a better future.”
The previous AI for Good cohort graduated in October 2020 and included 11 purpose-driven startups focussing on four key areas – AI for Earth, AI for Accessibility, AI for Humanitarian action and AI for Cultural Heritage. You can read more about our previous programmes in ‘Our Impact Journey’ .
Our programmes are open to people from all backgrounds and we are particularly interested in hearing from founders and teams from under-represented groups.
For application criteria, FAQs and to apply, click here.