Nine social impact tech ventures share £400,000

Tech schemes that support carers, low paid workers and those looking to transform their neighbourhood are among those to receive funding from the Social Tech Trust.

Joe Lepper | 14th Nov 18
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The Social Tech Trust has named the nine social impact projects that will receive a share of £400,000 in funding to help them use technology to transform communities and people’s lives.

Among those to be awarded funding through the tech charity’s Tech to Unite Us grant programme is Beam, a crowdfunding platform to help homeless people find work.

Carefree, a tech-driven social intervention which offers short breaks in hotels and holiday cottages to full time carers, is another to win funding.

StreetBuilder, an online platform from transport tech company The Future Fox that helps people to transform their neighbourhood, has also been handed funding through the Social Tech Trust’s grant programme.

“This new grant and support from the Social Tech Trust is a turbo boost for us, meaning we can scale to work with hundreds of people over the next few months, said Annette Jezierska, Co-Founder and Director of Streetbuilder.

“Our app, StreetBuilder, is transforming how people can influence changes in their area, and breaking boundaries in how data is used in planning. We’ll be testing and developing our product with our world-class team, bringing on new clients, and raising investment with the Trust’s support.”

Others to win funding are refugee support platform Chatterbox, mobile health platform Feebris, social action initiative The Tribe Project and On Our Radar, which uses mobile technology to support communities.

Workerbird, which supports low paid workers and RightsDD, which builds software to help companies tackle modern slavery in their supply chains, have also been handed a share of the funding.

Each receives £45,000 plus help to improve impact

Each will receive up to £45,000 with Social Tech Trust offering additional support to improve their impact.

The Social Tech Trust was previously known as Nominet Trust and over the last 10 years has supported more than 750 social tech initiatives through more than £30m in investment.

“These nine inspiring social ventures place people at the very heart of their tech development, bringing fresh approaches to uniting communities and transforming societal inequality,” said Social Tech Trust Chief Executive Vicki Hearn.

“We look forward to working closely over the next 12 months, supporting their growth and facilitating access to further investment opportunities to scale their social impact.”