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Our investments support ambitious ventures that use innovative digital technology to create real social impact.
We support projects tackling a variety of big social issues across sectors including healthcare, employment and education.
To find out more about the types of ventures we support, take a look at our portfolio of past and present funded projects.
About Social Tech Seed
The Social Tech Seed investment programme offers early-stage investment to entrepreneurs who are looking to develop new ventures using digital for social impact. This programme provides funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas.
We are looking for applications that demonstrate the potential of technology to tackle some of the big social issues in sectors including education, employability, healthcare and the environment.
Your venture should:
|Similar projects we have funded|
Political Minecraft - An educational tool which harnesses the popular Minecraft game, to help give young people a democratic voice.
a game, controlled by breathing, designed to ameliorate the effect of panic attacks to provide practical support to those who experience anxiety related conditions - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/what-we-support/our-partnerships/founders-forum-good#sthash.9vYp1bUv.dpuf
a visual LinkedIn”, visual LinkedIn, enabling young people to record their achievements and collect 360 degree feedback on skills to show off in an employment-ready profile - See more at: http://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2013/09/tech-for-good-supports-visual-linkedin-and-gamified-skills-website/#sthash.qPtTs9If.dpuf
a new online tool enables young people to make positive career and life choices by identifying and communicating their key strengths. - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/what-we-support/projects/strong-points#sthash.jJxbpYrt.dpuf
Bulbshare – A crowdsourcing and co-creation platform to help boost young people’s civic engagement.
Disability Rocks – The Open Access Project is a 24/7 multi- channel ticketing service which will open up the UK’s live event scene to disabled people.
A new social networking web platform aims to encourage people to get to know their neighbours and engender a sense of long-lost community spirit - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/what-we-support/projects/meeting-neighbours#sthash.Bus6Teqx.dpuf
The majority of ventures we invest in are UK-based. However, we will consider applications from overseas ventures if they clearly demonstrate how they will address social challenges faced in the UK. We are seeking applications from:
If you are an individual, you can apply for funding but, if you are successful, you will be required to form a registered legal entity before you can receive your first payment.
Find out more about our eligibility criteria
If you think you have what we are looking for, then submit the concise online application form, including a link to a short 2-3 minute YouTube/Vimeo video outlining your credentials, idea and the social challenge you are trying to address. The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 12 noon, Wednesday 2nd April 2014.
If your Stage 1 application is successfully shortlisted, we will invite you to complete our online Stage 2 application form which must be submitted no later than 9am, Thursday 8th May 2014.
Stage 1 application deadline
Stage 2 applications open
Stage 2 application deadline
Stage 2 assessment period
May - June
|End of June|
- See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/our-investment-programmes-0#sthash.5gXPgZas.dpuf
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