Tech to Unite Us Grant Fund - Applications close

Tech to Unite Us is a new grant fund programme that support innovative ventures that transform lives through technology
Competition
Challenge
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 16:00
Social Tech Trust, Minerva House, Edmund Halley Road, Oxford Science Park, OX4 4DQ

**Application deadline 25 July midday**

Tech to Unite Us is the inaugural £0.5m grant fund of our Innovate Social Tech programme. It aims to demonstrate how tech can reach its transformative potential when it’s driven by one of the greatest opportunities of our time – equality. Eligible ventures can apply for a grant of up to £45K over a 9-12-month funding period. Technical assistance is provided to accelerate venture growth.

Who: Talented teams developing innovative ventures that are at an early -stage, with the potential for transformative social impact at scale and the ambition for growth and sustainability.When: Stage 1 applications are open from midday on Monday 2nd July until Wednesday 25th July 2018. For those selected, Stage 2 applications will be open from Monday 6th August to Wednesday 29th August 2018. Investment decisions will be announced in October 2018.How: If you’ve read everything about Tech to Unite us, and you’re happy that it’s a good fit for your venture, submit your Stage 1 online application, including a link to a 90 second pitch video. Visit our FAQs for more information on our application process or apply now!

What we’re going to do:
We’ll grant fund up to 10 ambitious ventures using tech to unite us in inspirational and transformational ways.
We’ll support you with technical assistance to give you the best chance of growing your venture sustainably and maximising your social impact.
We’ll work collaboratively sharing our knowledge of funding venture growth, and learning from others to support innovation for equality more broadly.
What we’re offering:
Up to £45k, which will be made as a grant with participation rights.
Technical assistance to support your growth, sustainability and capacity for transformative innovation, e.g. legal and business support, social impact measurement and reporting, marketing and communications.
Access to our extensive support networks, including mentors and investors.
A personal approach from the Social Tech Trust team – one that recognises the importance of flexibility for early-stage innovation.
Support to build your case for further investment.

Criteria
We’ll consider your application if your venture has:
A social mission embedded in your governance
Potential to deliver transformative social impact at scale through a deep understanding of the critical social challenge that drives your innovation and an ambition to make a difference through growth.
An innovative approach to tackling a social challenge; this could be through a creative business model, by harnessing emerging tech, or using existing tech in a new and transformative way.
A working product or service that you will continue to test and iterate; you are at the
“demonstration stage”
of your venture’s evolution.
Evidence of your potential to create user, social and financial value; for example, a theory of change, user co-design and testing, identified social KPIs, or prospective partnerships or routes to market.
The right team with the critical experience and expertise for success – in-house tech capabilities being an essential.
Registration as a UK-based organisation and the potential for social impact in the UK.

For a closer look at the application criteria, check our FAQs.

Funding process
Stage 1 applications for Tech to Unite Us will open at midday on Monday 2nd July and close at midday on Wednesday 25th July.

Our Stage 1 online application form is designed to focus on sharing essential information and takes only a few hours to complete. The core of the application is your explanation of the issue, innovation, tech, users and your team. Your 90 second video link provides a chance for your team to pitch, so we can start to get to know you.

We are hosting two pre-application webinars to answer any questions you may have about applying for Tech to Unite Us.

Invitations to apply at Stage 2 will be made on Monday 6th August. If you’re invited to submit a Stage 2 application, you will have over three weeks to provide more depth to your application and submit a project plan and budget by Wednesday 29th August.

Our team will then work with shortlisted applicants during September to clarify any questions and to improve our understanding of your venture.

Investment decisions will be announced in October.

Key dates and milestones
Optional pre-application webinars: 10:30am – 11:30am on Thursday 5th and Wednesday 11th July

Stage 1 Applications: open 12pm on Monday 2nd July and close 12pm on Wednesday 25th July

Stage 2 Applications (invitation only): open 12pm on Monday 6th  and close 12pm on Wednesday 29th August

Shortlisting: September

Investment decisions: October

 

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