In 2013 Nominet Trust received a grant application from Open Utility through the Social Tech, Social Change funding programme. Their vision - to build the world’s first peer-to-peer energy marketplace. This revolutionary online platform would enable individuals to buy energy directly from small-scale renewable energy producers, encouraging greater uptake of clean energy in the fight against pollution and climate change. more >
For all the buzz that surrounds the tech start-up scene it’s easy to forget that founding and growing a successful social tech business from scratch is incredibly challenging and labour-intensive. Simultaneously developing a sustainable business, building key partnerships and pitching to funders and investors is no mean feat. Add to that the challenge of creating a product or service that effectively addresses a pressing social challenge and it is easy to feel overwhelmed.