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How to apply

Current funding programmes

Social Tech Seed is an open investment programme that offers early-stage investment to entrepreneurs who are looking to develop new ventures using digital for social impact. This programme will provide funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas. - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/our-investment-programmes-0#sthash.mvFTT9ku.dpuf

Social Tech Seed is now closed for applications

Social Tech Seed is an open grant-funding programme that offers
entrepreneurial organisations early-stage investment to develop
innovative projects harnessing the power of the internet and digital
technologies to deliver significant social change.

The programme supports projects tackling pressing social challenges
such as the environment and sustainability, education, employment and
healthcare. Social Tech Seed will provide funding and support to help you
demonstrate the social, user and financial value of your existing digital

Social Tech Seed highlights:

Social Tech Seed provides funding and support that enables entrepreneurial organisations with a basic, but functional, digital prototype to develop it into a more robust product or service and demonstrate its value to intended users and other stakeholders. If your application is successful, you can expect to receive:

  • Grant funding, typically between £15,000 and £50,000 for a project of 9-12 months’ duration
  • A support package including mentoring, marketing & comms advice and networking opportunities
  • Access to a discretionary fund of up to £5,000 should you need access to specific expertise to support your early-stage development

Unlike many other investors, Nominet Trust:

  • Does not ask for an equity stake, nor requests loan repayments

Allows successful ventures to retain any IP developed with our funding




Our projects

Our investments

We support ventures using digital tech for social impact. If you're interested in finding out more about the types of ventures we support, take a look at our current portfolio of projects. more >


News and events

Stay up-to-date

Read about our latest news, including announcements, funding programmes and project news, you can also find out about any upcoming Nominet Trust events.  more >


Latest research

The Personal (Computer) is Political

In our latest provocation paper, Dr Aleks Krotoski explores the importance of understanding how digital tools are made to help us recognise how they inform our everyday actions. more >

In this paper, Dr Aleks Krotoski explores the importance of such issues, looking at how an understanding of how digital tools are made can help us recognise how they afford, constrain and mediate our everyday actions. - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/knowledge-centre/articles/personal-computer-political#sthash.CUkZ1VzJ.dpuf