Design for Social Change (D4SC) works to help people create smarter cities, using technology to create a “citizen-centric” approach to urban design, working with people, places and businesses, along with their data, to improve the quality of life of city dwellers – including through D4SC’s Changify social streets platform. D4SC designer-founder Priya Prakash is a passionate believer in ‘conscious business’ over straightforward charity.
Digital Leaders is a free-to-participate-in UK-wide Digital Transformation initiative of 12 regional programmes. It is the UK’s premier platform for expert opinion and networking for a cross-sector community of 40,000 members. With over 100 face-to-face conferences, salons and events annually, it has operated this online community promoting digital know-how, thought leadership and sharing best practice around digital transformation since 2010.
Dotforge was founded in 2012 by 12 angel investors. Taking what it had learned from successful tech accelerators in 2013 and 2014, the Dotforge team pivoted to support tech for good social ventures, launching Dotforge Impact as part of the Cabinet Office’s Social Incubator Fund in collaboration with KeyFund, Big Lottery and the RSA. In 2015 Dotforge supported 24 startups in Manchester and Sheffield. After starting in Sheffield, Dotforge is now located in Manchester and Leeds and is working on a new programme in Nottingham.
Futurelabs is a new co-working space for Leeds, set up by a team including the people behind the Yorkshire-based Dotforge accelerator. The space offers hot desking, fixed desk space or larger office spaces for tech businesses. It provides one of the highest broadband speeds in the city and offers 24-hour workspace access. Tenants can use meeting rooms and be in the centre of the Leeds tech community. In its first few months Futurelabs has hosted the Leeds Hack hackathon and runs Founder’s Friday networking events.
Kuorum connects civilians with politicians, by fostering and promoting transparency, accountability and participation. Born in 2013, its founders realised that its mission of bringing politics closer to people should be a global one. Kuorum offers its software in five languages that are accessible to any government, political party, individual politician or citizen around the world. In 2016 it was awarded best technology applied to politics by the Washington Academy of Political Arts and Sciences.
Bristol-based Neighbourly connects local causes and projects with businesses that can help by contributing time or funding. Its two-way platform benefits both business and the community. It encourages project leaders to tell and share their stories, to inspire and help others and bring communities closer together. The business, a registered BCorp, secured $1.6m in angel funding in 2015 from Beacon Capital.
ODI Leeds is a ‘pioneer node’ of the Tim Berners Lee-backed Open Data Institute. It was created to explore and deliver the potential of open innovation with data at city scale. It works to improve lives, help people and create value. Pioneer nodes bring together communities, host events, produce open data projects and help promote understanding of open data in our region and worldwide. It is a non-profit supported by local government and businesses. Among projects supported by ODI Leeds are Floodhack and Leeds Data Mill (now Data Mill North).
Open Utility is a young and ambitious technology company based in London. We make the complex, simple. Open Utility works in collaboration with electricity retailers to deliver digital services giving their customers more choice and control.
Street Support makes it easier to help homeless people. It is a network of charities, voluntary groups and individuals working together to end homelessness. Through its platform people can find services for people experiencing homelessness, and offer their time and resources to local organisations.
TechVelocity Norwich is the digital start-up accelerator for the East of England, based from WhiteSpace/Barclays Eagle Lab at St James Mill. Our mission is to be the beacon for the region’s best digital talent, to equip them with the funds, the skills and the eco-system to make their explosively scalable business a huge success.