1st October 2019

Social Tech Trust, in partnership with Microsoft and Microsoft for Start-ups, today launched their second AI for Good Accelerator Programme.  The programme supports the organisation’s vision to transform lives with tech and sees the welcome return of the collaboration between the organisations, bringing together their social tech, AI and business expertise.

Applications are open until 15th November 2019, via the Microsoft for Start-ups website.  Successful ventures will participate in a four-month accelerator programme, starting in February 2020 and will benefit from resources, advice, and one-to-one support to help them scale their purpose driven AI initiative.

The programme will promote transformative change through AI in four key areas:

  • AI for Earth, designed for organisations deploying AI to build a sustainable future and address global environmental concerns spanning agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, and water.
  • AI for Accessibility, focused on organisations with AI solutions that help everyone in their daily life, employment, and communication and connection.
  • AI for Humanitarian Action, for non-profit and humanitarian organisations providing disaster responses, human rights protection, and support for refugees, displaced people or children.
  • AI for Cultural Heritage, aiming to support people and organisations focused on the preservation and enrichment of cultural heritage.

 

Ed Evans, CEO of Social Tech Trust said: “We have an exciting opportunity to help more social tech ventures to shape the future we want to see, using AI. I’m inspired by the growth we’ve seen from the 11 ventures in our first cohort and can’t wait to see the very best UK social tech innovations that emerge as we open applications for our second AI for Good programme, in partnership with Microsoft.”

Microsoft, Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa, said:

“AI is one of the most important tools we have to accelerate innovation at the speed and scale we need to address climate change and other important societal challenges. It’s exciting to see Microsoft’s AI for Good initiative evolving to engage new partners and help catalyse social impact organisations across the UK.”

The previous AI for Good Accelerator cohort which graduated in 2019, focused on AI for accessibility and AI for environmental sustainability, includes a revolutionary smart-cane for visually impaired, from WeWalk; interactive physiotherapy programmes in Virtual Reality from Immersive Rehab; and green energy charging for electric vehicles from ev.energy.

 

Visit Microsoft for Start-ups for application criteria, FAQs and to apply.