We work closely with partners to develop innovative and inspiring programmes that further our vision.
We’ve teamed up with Microsoft for Start-ups to co-develop and deliver the AI for Good Startup Programme. The programme reflects the shared belief that the biggest opportunity for AI is not for AI to shape our future, but for people to shape AI to make the future we want to see. The eleven ventures in the cohort are part of our portfolio and focus on either AI for accessibility or AI for environmental sustainability. From boosting crop yields, to improving the lives of those with accessibility needs, all of the ventures are using AI to solve complex problems facing our society. More>
Techstarter is our social innovation award programme, developed in partnership with Vodafone and its charitable arm, the Vodafone Foundation. It aims to uncover and develop innovative ideas which are harnessing the power of UK technology, connectivity and innovation to improve health, education, environmental protection or social mobility. Eight winners, both for profit and not for profit, were selected from over 270 applications. All eight ventures are receiving funding and access to tech and business expertise and mentoring from the Trust, Vodafone and partners. More>
Tech to Unite Us is our £500k grant programme that aims to demonstrate how tech can reach its transformative potential when it’s driven by one of the greatest opportunities of our time – equality. We’re working with 9 talented teams. All are innovative early-stage ventures, with the potential for transformative social impact at scale and the ambition for growth and sustainability. The ventures are receiving grant funding and we’re working with them to provide the support that they need to accelerate their growth and prepare for further investment. More>
We are a founding investor in Fair by Design – a £15m fund which aims to end the poverty premium within the next 10 years. Working in partnership with fellow investors Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Big Society Capital, the Fair By Design Fund is managed by Ascension Ventures and makes equity and debt investments in companies working to tackle the poverty premium in the sectors including energy, finance and insurance. More>