Vodafone Techstarter Opens for Applications – 23rd October 2018 (UK)

UK-based social tech ventures and charities have the opportunity to secure funding from a £300,000 prize fund to make transformational social change in the areas of health and well-being, education, environment, social mobility and inequality.

This could be around key technologies such as Internet of Things, 5G, digital services and infrastructure or in areas such as commercial development.

The funding is being made available through the Vodafone Techstarter, partnership between the Social Tech Trust, one of the UK’s leading dedicated drivers of social tech and the Vodafone Foundation

There will be ten awards awarded:

Category 1: Not-for-profit awards – supported by the Vodafone Foundation

  • Four winners will receive a £35,000 award in cash each
  • This category is only open to charities, social businesses, social enterprises, and community interest companies (CICs) which have a social mission defined in the governing documents
  • Each Award will be comprised of £35,000 in cash, and a full 12-month programme of support and value-in-kind

 Category 2: For-profit awards – supported by Vodafone UK

  • Four winners will receive a £35,000 award in cash each
  • This category is only open to commercial businesses, enterprises and for-profit start-ups which have a social mission defined in the governing documents
  • Each Award will be comprised of £35,000 in cash, and a full 12-month programme of support and value-in-kind

 Vodafone Champions award

  • Two winners will receive an award of £10,000 cash each
  • Winners will be chosen by popular vote amongst Vodafone employees across UK
  • One winner will be a not-for-profit organisation, and the other will be a for-profit company
  • Vodafone Champions Award winners can also be winners in Categories 1 or 2

Support and value-in-kind:

  • In addition to cash to support great ideas and innovation, Vodafone is uniquely placed to support the development and roll-out of new technologies
  • Vodafone will provide the winning Techstarters with a customised 12-month programme of “money-can’t-buy” support, shaped to match the winner’s needs – and will include: in-depth mentorship and access to expert consultation across a range of technical, legal and supply-chain areas; marketing and communications support; investment advice & support; access to commercial partnerships; and full access to the support and network of our partners at Social Tech Trust.

The closing date for applications is midday on the 23rd October 2018.

Useful Links:

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Terms and Conditions

https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/vodafone-techstarter

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