The most innovative tech ventures transforming today’s major social challenges
Social Tech Trust – a leading charity dedicated to socially motivated tech, has today announced £400,000 in funding to nine inspiring ventures. All demonstrate how tech can reach its transformative potential when it’s driven to realise one of the greatest opportunities of our time – equality. These pioneering, early stage innovations complement the purpose of Social Tech Trust – to transform lives with tech. With the Trust’s support, they have huge potential to grow from start-up to scale-up and play a pivotal role in re-shaping the UK’s relationship between tech and society.
Vicki Hearn, Social Tech Trust CEO, explains, “The ventures we’ve backed have social transformation at their heart and are delivering tech innovations that promote equality in the areas of Communities, Health and Wealth. With our funding and support, they’ll have the best opportunity of securing later-stage investment so that they can continue to grow, maximising their social impact.”
Each venture will receive a grant of up to £45,000, plus additional support to scale their social impact. Over the last 10 years, the Trust (previously known as Nominet Trust) has supported over 750 initiatives and invested over £30m in the flourishing social tech movement.
Tech to Unite Us ventures include:
Beam: Beam is the world’s first crowdfunding platform for employment training for homeless people, tackling homelessness by empowering homeless people to sustainably support themselves.
Carefree: Carefree is a tech-driven social intervention designed to support and sustain unpaid carers, the invisible workforce that underpins our social care sector. With the help of the hospitality industry they offer short breaks for full-time carers in hotels and holiday cottages throughout the UK.
Tribe Project: The Tribe Project is a social action initiative to upskill members of the community in areas of inequality to become paid community carers. Tribe brings people together locally to show where there is a need for some help, allows people to offer their support, records when the job has been completed, and measures the social value of the volunteering action.
As Alex Stephany, founder and CEO of Beam, one of the successful ventures enthused, “We’re thrilled to receive this funding at a pivotal time in our growth. With the shocking homelessness problem in the UK, we see each day at Beam how technology can truly help people experiencing homelessness for the long-term – by supporting them to realise their potential as everything from bricklayers to accountants. It’s not only the huge benefits we’ll see from the financial support, we’re also excited to work on an on-going basis with Social Tech Trust, who are experts in this field and will help us to maximise our own potential to scale and deliver significant positive social impact.”
Operating as an independent charity, and with Social Investment Business on Board as a new strategic partner, Social Tech Trust is confronting fractures in today’s society. By focusing on radical approaches that tackle significant social challenges, such as delivering community care, improving the life chances of homeless people, or harnessing the untapped talent in the refugee community, Social Tech Trust – together with their new cohort of ventures – are making transformative changes that tackle issues at their root cause, inspiring us all to champion societal inclusion.
The full list of the nine ventures are:
Beam – www.beam.org
Beam is the world’s first crowdfunding platform for employment training for homeless people, tackling homelessness by empowering homeless people to sustainably support themselves.
Carefree – www.carefreebreaks.com
Carefree is a tech-driven social intervention designed to support and sustain unpaid carers, the invisible workforce that underpins our social care sector. With the help of the hospitality industry they offer short breaks for full-time carers in hotels and holiday cottages throughout the UK, managed via their automated booking platform.
Chatterbox – www.wearechatterbox.org
Chatterbox is a platform that enables high-skilled refugees to do work that leverages their skill set and ultimately facilitates rapid socio-economic reintegration of these refugees into society. The platform currently offers language-learning courses that connect professionals to refugee tutors from a similar professional background to guide them through an engaging online language curriculum.
Feebris – www.feebris.com
Feebris is a mobile health platform, powered by AI, that enables non-medical users to diagnose and monitor complex health conditions in the community.
On our Radar – www.onourradar.org
Radius, from On our Radar, closes the gap between those with needs and those with influence. It uses simple mobile technology to unlock the insight held by vulnerable communities, turning their experiences into expertise.
RightsDD – www.rightsdd.com
RightsDD is building software to help companies identify, address and report on modern slavery in their supply chains.
StreetBuilder – www.thefuturefox.com/streetbuilder
StreetBuilder is a web platform that helps ordinary people to transform their neighbourhood. It crowdsources scheme proposals from communities and validates them in real time in a novel, digital, application of co-creation.
The Tribe Project – www.tribeproject.org
The Tribe Project is a social action initiative to upskill members of the community in areas of inequality to become paid community carers. Tribe brings people together locally to show where there is a need for some help, allows people to offer their support, records when the job has been completed and measures the ‘social value’ of the volunteering action.
Workerbird – www.workerbird.co.uk
Workerbird helps low-wage workers collect what they deserve. Workers use the Workerbird platform to track their work life and pay, get valuable data insights about their working patterns, understand their rights as an employee and receive support to improve their working conditions.
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