6th June 2024

A further 10 ventures have been selected for the second cohort to take part in the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator – an accelerator programme supporting impact-led start-ups. The programme is delivered by Catch22 in partnership with Social Tech Trust and Unity Ventures with funding and support from Ufi VocTech Trust, Microsoft and the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

David Hinton, Senior Venture Partner at Catch22’s GoodTech Ventures, said:

“We’re excited to announce the arrival of the second cohort of the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator, comprising 10 remarkable ventures. The selection process was highly competitive, with numerous exceptional impact ventures to choose from. At GoodTech Ventures, our mission is to champion founders dedicated to leveraging technology for a stronger society. These 10 ventures embody this commitment, and we’re proud to stand behind them as they set out to make a lasting difference in our communities.”

Programmes Director at Social Tech Trust, Chris Blues, said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome new game-changing companies joining our second cohort of the GoodTech Accelerator. They represent a diverse range of solutions aiming to transform lives with tech and put positive social impact as the driving force behind their growth.”

GoodTech Ventures supports early-stage impact-led tech founders through a community of practice and an accelerator programme.

The full set of ventures is available on the GoodTech Ventures website. Three of the ventures that will be part of the cohort are:

Elifa

Elifa Founder, Yolanda Roach, said:

“I’m thrilled to be part of the cohort. Our goal is to make a meaningful impact on society, one family at a time, through our end-of-life and legacy planning platform.

Being accepted into the programme is important to us because it aligns perfectly with our mission to empower individuals to make life’s most difficult decisions with confidence and peace of mind.

Through this accelerator, we hope to gain insight, mentorship and support to further develop our MVP and progress towards our final product. We’re looking forward to working with like-minded founders and experts in the field of technology for good, and learning from their experience and expertise.”

Air Aware Labs

Air Aware Labs Co-Founder, Louise Thomas, said:

“We are excited to join Goodtech Ventures to take Air Aware Labs to the next level. Now we’ve launched our first product, this is a crucial time for us to deliver our commercial strategy and conclude our pre-seed investment round. We’re delighted to be part of Goodtech Ventures’ second cohort, building our network and gaining expertise to build our business.”

Fish Bladder Games

Fish Bladder Games Founder, Jon Reynolds, said:

“We’re excited to be part of the GoodTech Accelerator! At Fish Bladder Ltd, we’re on a mission to revolutionise how kids view physical activity worldwide. With innovative digital tech, we’re making fitness fun and accessible. The accelerator’s support will help us enhance our solution and make a greater impact on society. Together, we’re building a future where every child can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Director of Ufi Ventures, Helen Gironi, said:

“The new cohort of impact-driven tech ventures will join a community of people and organisations using digital technologies to help build a stronger society. At Ufi, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact that early-stage startups can have on public service delivery. We are really pleased to be able to continue our partnership with the GoodTech Ventures Community and Accelerator, helping them to provide vital resources and support for these ventures.

Want to learn more about upcoming programmes and community events at GoodTech Ventures? You can join our platform for free here: www.goodtech.ventures

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3rd April 2024

Social Tech Trust, a leading impact investor in the UK, is delighted to announce exciting changes to its Board of Trustees, effective April 1, 2024.  

Rob Tashima, an existing Trustee with a robust background in impact investment and innovation, will assume the role of Chair of Trustees, succeeding Bill Liao, who has come to the limit of his term as a Trustee after a decade of invaluable leadership and guidance. Russell Johnstone, a seasoned legal expert in the tech and communications sector, will step into the newly established position of Vice Chair. Both appointments come at a pivotal time as the Trust continues to champion the intersection of tech innovation, inclusive investment and social impact. 

Bill Liao (General Partner at SOSV), the outgoing Chair, has been instrumental in the Trust’s evolution, including its transition from Nominet Trust to the Social Tech Trust we see today. Under his stewardship, the Trust has expanded its reach and refined its investment strategy, working closely with CEO Edward Evans to identify and support high-potential social tech ventures. The Trust extends its deepest gratitude to Bill for his dedication, visionary leadership, and the lasting impact he has made. 

Bill Liao said: “Serving as the Chair of Social Tech Trust has been a profoundly rewarding experience. Witnessing the Trust’s growth and impact firsthand has been a privilege. I am confident that under Rob and Russell’s leadership, the Trust will continue to thrive and lead the way in using technology for social good. I look forward to seeing the next chapters of success.” 

Edward Evans, CEO said: “We are immensely grateful to Bill for his ten years of exceptional leadership and are excited about the future with Rob and Russell at the helm. Their combined expertise and fresh perspectives are perfectly aligned with our mission to empower social tech ventures. Together, we will continue to explore innovative investment models and strategies to support our ambitious mission of transforming lives with tech.” 

Rob Tashima (Senior Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation) brings to the Trust a wealth of experience from Village Capital and an extensive investment and venture management background in the US, Africa and the Middle East. He has been at the forefront of exploring innovative financial models for entrepreneurs and investors tackling global challenges, and his expertise in early-stage impact investing will be invaluable as the Trust continues to nurture and invest in ventures that promise significant social transformation. 

Rob Tashima said: “I am honoured to support the work of the Trust as Chair. Entrepreneurship and social innovation can build a better world, but venture funding too often leaves communities on the sidelines. Social Tech Trust is changing that by backing entrepreneurs solving real-world problems, from reducing anxiety in pediatric cancer patients to improving therapy access for low-income individuals. Bill has helped create a strong foundation for us to build upon, and I look forward to collaborating closely with the team and trustees to further the mission of the Trust in the years to come.” 

Russell Johnstone (General Counsel at EE), with his extensive legal background and commitment to improving social mobility in professional sectors, brings a vital perspective to the Trust’s work. His experience leading the legal team for BT’s consumer brands (BT, EE, and Plusnet) equips him with the knowledge and skills to support the Trust’s mission and its focus on creating tangible benefits for end beneficiaries. 

Russell Johnstone said: “Assuming the role of Vice Chair for Social Tech Trust is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to a cause I am deeply passionate about. The intersection of technology, investment and social impact has never been more critical, and I am eager to leverage my experience to support the Trust’s strategic goals. Together, we will continue to champion social tech ventures that are making a real difference in the world.” 

After running a successful internal recruitment campaign, Social Tech Trust welcomes Rob and Russell to their new roles with excitement and anticipation for the continued growth and impact of the Trust’s work.  

Together, we remain committed to advancing our vision of a world where social transformation is the driving force behind tech. 

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26th February 2024 

Ventures selected for first cohort of the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator

 

12 ventures have been selected as the first cohort to take part in the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator – a new programme supporting impact-led start-ups. The programme is delivered by Catch22 in partnership with Social Tech Trust and Unity Ventures with funding and support from Ufi VocTech Trust, Microsoft and the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 

 

David Hinton, Senior Venture Partner at Catch22’s GoodTech Ventures, said: 

“We are thrilled to welcome these 12 outstanding ventures selected for the first cohort of the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator. The selection process was highly competitive, with numerous exceptional impact ventures to choose from. 

At GoodTech Ventures, we are dedicated to supporting founders who are committed to developing tech solutions for a stronger society. We believe that these 12 ventures exemplify this dedication. We look forward to providing our support to these ventures as they embark on their journey to create lasting social impact.” 

GoodTech Ventures supports early-stage impact-led tech founders through a community of practice and an accelerator programme. 

The full set of ventures is available on the GoodTech Ventures website.

 

Three of the ventures that will be part of the cohort are: 

 

SuperFi 

SuperFi is on a mission to provide urgent support to the 20 million adults who are currently struggling to stay on top of their bills in the midst of the UK’s cost of living crisis. The SuperFi app helps people to stay on top of their bills and out of problem debt. Backed by leading social impact funds, SuperFi has partnered with the Greater London Authority and is working with councils, housing associations and banks to roll out its service across the UK. 

SuperFi Founder, Tom Barltrop, said: 

“Being part of the GoodTech Ventures accelerator program is a unique opportunity to further develop our relationships with public sector organisations to address the lack of scalable support for people across the UK who are at risk of falling behind on their monthly bill payments.” 

 

Good With 

Good With is a financial behaviour analytics solution, supporting financial services’ risk prediction and decisioning for ‘credit invisible’ young adults. Good With has developed a model that predicts psychological readiness for credit, Readiness Score™, which accurately identifies who these overlooked good customers and potentially risky customers are. This is supplemented by a psycho-education process for collecting that data, FinIQ™ through which we make the ‘invisibles’ visible. 

Founder and CEO Gabriela Isas, and Co-Founder Dr Ellie Kallis said: 

“We are passionate female founders who have personally experienced problem debt and lack of relevant financial education and mental health support. We are committed to Good With’s success and are delighted to start working with GoodTech Ventures team to gain insights and support on how to achieve our impact and commercial goals and deliver on our mission: a world where people, whatever their starting point in life, can become good with money, and safely attain their goals.” 

 

Cogs AI 

Cogs is an autistic-led technology company building software for the neurodivergent community. Their first product is a mobile application which helps neurodivergent people understand their diagnosis and work through day-to-day situations, such as understanding and regulating emotions, communicating how they feel to others and asking for help in a crisis. 

CEO and Co-Founder Zareen Ali and Felix de Grey, COO and Co-Founder, said: 

“As a new entrant into the public sector, we are very excited to join the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator. We are hoping that the programme will help us to build out a repeatable and scalable route to market, developing on the lessons we’ve learnt from winning our existing contracts in the NHS and local authorities. One of the main appeals for us is the opportunity to be introduced to leaders, commissioners and an array of potential partners who will expand our reach into the public sector.” 

 

Programmes Director at Social Tech Trust, Chris Blues, said: 

“We are excited to welcome innovative ventures to the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator. These visionary companies are making waves and driving positive change across community development, employment and training, finance, and health sectors. As we embark on the accelerator journey together, we look forward to walking alongside these ventures and supporting them to take their impact to the next level.” 

 

Director of Ufi Ventures, Helen Gironi, said: 

“We are delighted to welcome the first cohort of impact-driven tech ventures to the GoodTech Ventures Accelerator and look forward to following their progress. At Ufi, we support the development and deployment of vocational technology to help adults gain skills for work. We are particularly pleased that this first cohort includes a strong set of ventures innovating in this space.” 

If you’re a social impact venture who might want to join our next cohort, you can register your interest via the GoodTech Ventures website. Applications will be open in early March. 


Tuesday 19 December

Social Tech Trust joins forces with TRANSFORM Support Hub to catalyse global social venture movement.

 

Social Tech Trust is thrilled to announce its collaboration with the TRANSFORM Support Hub, powered by MovingWorlds, in a strategic partnership to propel the social venture movement towards a more sustainable and equitable world. 

The TRANSFORM Support Hub is an innovative platform that connects social ventures with highly valuable resources, including pro bono experts, cost-saving guides, corporate sales opportunities, and follow-on funders—all conveniently centralised in one dynamic space. Through this initiative, social entrepreneurs gain access to targeted learning modules, highly skilled professionals, and valuable networking opportunities with peers and potential corporate partners worldwide. This comprehensive approach not only enhances their knowledge and skills but also opens doors to new opportunities for impact and revenue growth. 

Social Tech Trust’s partnership with the TRANSFORM Support Hub signifies a significant leap forward for ventures aligned with the organisation. By becoming part of this global network, our ventures can efficiently build their brand, develop pipelines, and accelerate the impact of their investments. This collaboration is poised to create a positive ripple effect, providing unparalleled support to social ventures seeking sustainable growth and increased influence. 

“Our alliance with the TRANSFORM Support Hub reflects our commitment to fostering an ecosystem where social ventures thrive,” said Chris Blues, Programmes Director at Social Tech Trust. “By leveraging the Hub’s resources and global network, we empower our ventures to amplify their impact, strengthen their brands, and forge valuable connections that transcend geographical boundaries.” 

Social ventures that have participated in Social Tech Trust’s previous programmes will be able to take advantage of free and ongoing support from early 2024.  

Learn more about the TRANSFORM Support Hub and its transformative initiatives here. 


Tuesday 14 November

 

We are thrilled to announce that Social Tech Trust is partnering with Challenge Works – a Nesta enterprise – to support teams competing in the Longitude Prize on Dementia to develop working prototypes of new assistive technologies to help people living with dementia remain independent for longer.

The £4.34m Longitude Prize on Dementia, funded by Alzheimer’s Society and Innovate UK, is incentivising the development of breakthrough assistive technologies for people living with dementia. 

24 international teams are developing solutions that use AI to learn about their users and adapt to help ‘fill the gaps’ as their cognitive function is progressively reduced by the disease. The solutions will help people to live independently for longer while maintaining fulfilling lives. Five finalists will be selected from these 24 teams in summer 2024.

At Social Tech Trust, we challenge organisations to think differently about technology’s role in society, and we will be helping each innovator assess where their product might benefit from support and provide appropriate technology and data advice. We will also leverage our network of experts to introduce innovators to big tech companies, including Microsoft, AWS and NVIDIA.

The semi-finalists include a range of innovations, from AI gamified software that promotes positive social experiences to help delay decline in brain function (from Memory Lane Games) to biodynamic lighting and sensor systems that can ease symptoms of sundowning – irritability and confusion that can worsen as daylight fades (from Chroma Lighting).

Chris Blues, Director, Social Tech Trust said: “Around 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia, including 900,000 in the UK. Tech has enormous power to help with many social challenges – including dementia, which can devastate lives, causing people to lose their memory, identity and, sadly, relationships. Supporting innovators with technical and data support to help refine their prototypes is the first step in using technology to ease the lives of those living with dementia.”

 

Wider capacity-building support and co-creation

The partnership will form just one element of the non-financial support offered to teams participating in the Longitude Prize on Dementia. Alongside the technical support, wider support is being provided through opportunities to ensure all technologies are co-created with people living with dementia or caring for people with dementia. 

The innovators will attend two co-creation workshops this month, one focusing on social connectedness and technology features from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (a Canadian partner of the prize) and another on user-centred AI design and personalisation hosted by Innovate UK and National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA). Co-creation is essential to ensure that new technologies developed through the prize are designed to meet the needs of their intended beneficiaries and their lifestyles.

Alzheimer’s Society has also established 38 local focus groups involving people living with dementia and their carers. These groups will assist innovators in ensuring their product is co-designed and has considered some of the most important elements of living with dementia. International co-creation and access to user opportunities have also been set up with international partners. This will help to ensure that every innovation learns from people living with dementia and can adapt and support changing needs over time.

Challenge Works is also offering advice and guidance from 15 dementia experts, ranging from frontline dementia healthcare professionals to leading dementia academics, as well as design and customer experience experts. The innovators will be able to book one-on-one sessions with each expert.

Ruth Neale, Programme Manager for the Longitude Prize on Dementia at Challenge Works said: “We’re excited to join forces with Social Tech Trust to provide semi-finalists in the Longitude Prize on Dementia with tailored technical and data support to develop their ideas into prototypes. The team at Social Tech Trust will provide a bespoke technology support package for our international cohort to drive high-quality tech products for the next stage of the competition. This is one element in the programme of capacity-building support that is being provided to teams in the next 12 months.”

 

About the Longitude Prize on Dementia

The Longitude Prize on Dementia is a £4.42 million prize to drive the creation of personalised, technology-based tools that are co-created with people living with the early stages of dementia, helping them live independent, more fulfilled lives and enabling them to do the things they enjoy.

Dementia is a progressive condition and there is no cure, but people can live well for years. As hospitalisations can increase the rate of decline, the hope is that assistive technology can help people stay safe and independent in their home for longer. The winning solution will use the latest advances in technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning combined with user data and testing to provide personalised support for people living with dementia.  

The Longitude Prize on Dementia is funded by Alzheimer’s Society and Innovate UK and delivered by Challenge Works. More information about the Longitude Prize on Dementia can be found at dementia.longitudeprize.org

 

About our partners:

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. It is a vital source of support and a powerful force for change for everyone affected by dementia. Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. One in three people born in the UK will develop dementia in their lifetime. For more information or to make a donation, visit alzheimers.org.uk

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency, helping UK businesses to grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive and easy to navigate.

One of the Discovery Awards awarded, the ‘Paul and Nick Harvey Discovery Award’ is sponsored by the Hunter Foundation, with further support coming from Heather Corrie and the Caretech Foundation.

The prize has also received funding from the Medical Research Council. The MRC funds research at the forefront of science to prevent illness, develop therapies and improve human health.

Challenge Works is a global leader in the design and delivery of challenge prizes mobilising innovation for social good.


7th November 2023 

We are thrilled to announce that the Social Tech Trust has been shortlisted for the prestigious Catalyst 2030 Awards in the Leaders in Trust category. This remarkable recognition reflects our unwavering commitment to leveraging technology for social transformation and aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals. 

 

About the Catalyst 2030 Awards 

Launched at the World Economic Forum in January 2020, Catalyst 2030 is a rapidly growing global movement comprised of over 3,600 proven social innovators and 2010 member organisations, active in 124 countries and directly impacting an estimated one billion people. The movement unites social entrepreneurs and innovators from all sectors who share a common goal—advancing sustainable development through innovative, community-led approaches. 

The Catalyst 2030 Awards celebrate those who champion transformational change by recognising funding allies that illuminate innovative practices. These awards honour private and public sector entities that boldly shift how society addresses its challenges, prioritising support for community-led solutions and championing the efforts of local social innovators through collaborative partnerships.  

 

Transforming Lives Through Technology 

At Social Tech Trust, our dedication goes beyond change; we envision a future where technology isn’t just a tool for convenience but a lever for equality – where access to healthcare, financial and economic well-being, and climate solutions aren’t privileges but universal truths available for everyone.  

We invest in companies at the forefront of furthering equality, keenly aware that technology has the power to dismantle barriers and forge paths to a more equitable world. Through our accelerator programmes, partnerships and investments, we have helped identify and scale hundreds of tech companies that are creating social change and positively impacting people’s lives. We champion the use of tech to further equality, providing fertile ground for companies not only to succeed but to redefine success in terms of social impact and systemic change.  

By listening to founders and understanding their vision, we become more than investors—we become allies in pursuing transformative social change. We are challenging existing approaches that hold back innovation, addressing the lack of aligned investment and providing alternative models that gives ventures the optionality they need to grow sustainably. Our engagement goes beyond financing—we share our learning and insights to inspire others and amplify the effect of our work. Our programs enable startups to create sustainable solutions with a far-reaching impact, always guided by the needs and well-being of the communities they serve.  

 

Join Us at the Catalyst 2030 Awards Ceremony 

The winners of the Catalyst 2030 Awards will be announced at a grand ceremony on November 8th at 4:00 pm, live-streamed from Spencer House in London. We invite you to register and join us virtually to celebrate this momentous occasion. 

We are grateful for this nomination and believe it reflects our steadfast commitment to harnessing the power of technology for social good. Let’s continue to transform lives with technology and create a more sustainable and inclusive future for all. 

Register to attend virtually here. 


23rd October 2023 

Unlocking tech innovation in social and public services

 

We’re excited to unveil a new partnership to unlock tech innovation across social and public services. Introducing the GoodTech Ventures Community and Accelerator, a cross-sector initiative dedicated to nurturing emerging tech solutions that drive transformative social impact for people and communities. 

The program will streamline the scaling process for early-stage impact-driven tech ventures, enabling them to create and deploy game-changing digital technologies. 

42% of civil servants believe that their department lacks the tools, resources and skills necessary to utilise technology in transforming public service delivery, a recent government report has revealed. This programme will support founders to scale their ventures and navigate the complexities of social invocation, in turn facilitating digital innovation in the sector and supporting more social ventures to thrive.

The programme will be delivered by Catch22 in partnership with Social Tech Trust and Unity Ventures, with over 700k of funding and support from Ufi VocTech Trust, Microsoft and the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The programme has two core features of support:

GoodTech Community – this will provide “always-on” venture support through our open community platform helping early-stage founders prepare for scale.

GoodTech Accelerator – working with 30+ SMEs to provide intensive innovation and go-to-market support.

 

Chris Blues, Programmes Director at Social Tech Trust, said:

“We are excited to partner with Catch22, Greater London Authority, Unity Ventures, Ufi VocTech Trust and Microsoft to scale tech companies that are addressing entrenched social challenges. We believe the GoodTech Community and Accelerator with truly enable the benefits of technology to be shared throughout society.”

Andy Canniford, Chief Development Officer at Catch22 said:

“As we witnessed from the pandemic, innovation and adaptability is a crucial element in effective public and third sector delivery. At Catch22, we are committed to taking the learnings from our operational delivery and building this into our political reform and wider commitment to changing public service delivery for the better.”

David Hinton, Senior Venture Partner at Catch22, said:

“As we embark on this exciting journey with the support of our valued partners, we’re deeply committed to addressing the unique needs of early-stage impact-led tech ventures. This new partnership ensures that we can provide the tailored support, resources, and connections.”

Helen Gironi, Director of Ventures at Ufi VocTech Trust, said:

“At Ufi, we have seen first-hand the transformative role early-stage startups can play within public service delivery. We are really pleased to be able to continue our support of Catch22’s work and the development of the GoodTech Ventures Community and Accelerator.”

Our partners

  • Catch22 is a charity and social business that delivers programmes across education, employability, justice and youth work. Last year, our 100+ services supported over 160,000 people to lead better lives across the UK.
  • The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.
  • Ufi VocTech Trust supports the development and adoption of learning technology to help adults across the UK develop the skills they need for work. We have provided more than £28m in grant funding and direct investment to support over 280 tech-enabled projects.
  • Unity Ventures work with businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators who seek purpose beyond profit – unifying business activities with outcomes for people and planet.

Together, we’re ready to revolutionise the landscape of tech innovation in social and public services.

Visit the GoodTech Ventures website here: www.goodtech.ventures


Join our online workshop and learn more about how to manage your social impact.

> Register here! 

 

What we’ll cover:

In this interactive session, Social Tech Trust Impact Manager, Natalie Tucker, will share our insights from working directly with over 300 socially motivated ventures and offer you practical tips for managing your own impact.

By the end of the session, you will have a better understanding of:

> What impact management is
> How it can be useful
> How you can get started

You will leave with the beginnings of your own simple framework to start measuring your impact.

Who should attend?

The session is designed for anyone with an idea or an initiative which aims to have a social impact, whether you already have a start-up, you’re developing an idea, work for a charity or simply want to understand more about impact management.

Date and Time

Thursday, 24 September 2020

14:00 – 15:30 BST

> Register here!