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Thanks for joining us. Whilst we wait for everyone to login, grab a cuppa & we’ll start as close to 10am as possible. Pre-app web chat February 2014. @ nominettrust @ dansutch. Our mission.

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thanks for joining us
Thanks for joining us...

Whilst we wait for everyone to login, grab a cuppa & we’ll start as close to 10am as possible

Pre-app web chat
  • February 2014

@nominettrust @dansutch

our mission
Our mission

We believe that the use of digital technology can transform the way we address big social challenges, so we bring together, invest in and support people and organisations to do this.

  • Social investments and grants of c£5m per year
  • Aim to demonstrate how digital technology can be used to redesign the way we address persistent social challenges
  • Aim to support (in addition to funding) to scale the social and economic impact
  • Foundation charity of Nominet – the .UK domain registry (10m+ .uk websites)
  • Direct relationship with Nominet’s public purpose & strength of their membership

‘Make Things Do Stuff’

Encouraging young people to become digital makers


Helping young people discover, develop and demonstrate skills for employability

Carers UK ‘Jointly’

Supporting time-poor carers to manage caring responsibilities with busy lives

Podnosh ‘Recording Real Lives’

Capturing voices of disconnected people for social policy makers

Futuregov ‘Patchwork’

Supporting and improving communication between key local authority workers around the family

‘Memory Box’

Collecting digital memories for recollection activities for people suffering from dementia


Many examples of significant tech-driven/tech-enabled changes – where for social-tech?


It’s not just a lack of space suits...

The use of digital technology provides remarkable opportunities to redesign how we address persistent social challenges

  • This requires:
  • Creativity and imagination for how else we might address these issues
  • Risk taking and testing of these new approaches
  • Entrepreneurship and willingness
  • Aspiration, persistence and tenacity
  • (openness, collaboration...)
redesigning our approach to social innovation
Redesigning our approach to social innovation

Consider together, the:

Affordances of digital technology

The values & energy of social entrepreneurship and social business

Look again at the challenges and redesign approaches

social tech seed
Social Tech Seed

To discover, to help demonstrate and test the potential of a new approach that uses digital technology to address a persistent social challenge. 

Discover by bfishadowccFlickr


social tech seed is looking to address
Social Tech Seed is looking to address

Put simply, this funding programme has been developed to help demonstrate the potential of a new approach that uses digital technology to address a persistent social challenge.  The fund aims to help develop and test these early-stage ideas

what do you need
What do you need?
  • Team with an idea that has already (in some way) been tested
  • Previous seed funding/development to have tested a basic digital prototype
  • An aspiration to address a social challenge through the use of digital technology beyond this funding
  • An understanding of how this approach is different from (and builds upon) existing ways of addressing the social challenge
  • Commitment to testing and developing your approach
  • Openness – are you willing to share your progress, failures and (if appropriate) resources widely?
  • A clear way of developing the product/activity within a year
what we re offering
What we’re offering
  • Up to £50k investment – budget based on need
    • Grants as lowest form of risk, but with investment approach
  • Support to develop, test and demonstrate your work
  • Personal/professional development links through our Funder+ activities – allocation of further £10k investment
  • Links to our network of social-tech innovators
  • Potential further support and development if the approach tests well (further investment, links etc)
  • An opportunity to build experience and a case for your idea that can be presented for further development

Demonstrating the Triple Helix of Social Tech innovation

Demonstrating the Social, User and Economic value of your approach

Developing and testing your technology/product/service

Strengthening and developing your organisation


By the end of the funding period, you will:

  • Value creation
  • Have piloted your approach and gained early evidence of the social and user value
  • Be able to demonstrate the potential of your approach focussing on the user, social and economic value of your work.
  • Have developed and tested your intended business model
  • Tech development
  • Have moved from MVP to beta prototype able to be used by larger number of people. Co-design and feedback continues
  • Organisational development
  • Stronger organisation with more developed network and ‘product’
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Social Innovation

The successful application of new ideas generated at the intersection of insight and invention, which leads to the creation of social or economic value

Insight understanding the context, histories and work of others

Invention finding and developing the best ideas

Application putting ideas into practice

Value capturing outcomes, impact and learning