We play an active role in positioning the UK as a global leader in social tech innovation. Over the last decade, we’ve helped develop an environment where social tech can thrive and have backed many of the most pioneering initiatives in this field.

Early stage innovation

BGV – We’re a founding partner of BGV, Europe’s first impact investment start-up accelerator, which has supported over 200 talented founders to launch and grow their startups using technology for good.

Big Issue Invest – We partnered with social investor, Big Issue Invest, to launch the ‘Tech for Good challenge’, to support start-ups using tech to transform the lives of young people.

Shift – In 2015, we embarked on a three-year partnership with social venture builder, Shift, to explore and develop tech solutions that benefit the wellbeing and mental health of children and families living in poverty.

 

Digital skills

CAST – We supported the establishment of the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST).  CAST works to ensure that vital civic and social organisations are resilient and responsive to the changing needs of their communities, confidently using digital tools and processes to achieve their charitable objectives.

iAMDigital – In partnership with Creative England, our £1m iAMDigital Fund is investing in new and established companies tackling the UK’s digital skills gap.

iDEA – Developed in partnership with HRH the Duke of York, iDEA is a leading example of digital entrepreneurship, opening opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people to develop their skills.

BAFTA Young Games Designer –We’ve been a lead partner in the initiative which inspires and supports young people to create, develop and present their new game ideas.

Apps for Good – We were an early stage funder of the digital skills initiative that has been embedding creative tech in the classroom since 2010 and is now in 3,400 schools.

 

Advocacy

NT100 – Our five-year global campaign has championed the role of social tech, celebrating the people and organisations who are using tech to change the world for the better.

Digital Agenda Impact Awards – We’re proud to have played a founding role in the creation of the Impact Awards that celebrate tech innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us.