The scheme is looking for organisations that support the UK healthcare, manufacturing and resources industries to recover faster and better from COVID-19.
Social Tech Trust
This programme is provided by Social Tech Trust, in partnership with Microsoft and Microsoft for Start-ups.
Objectives of Fund
The AI for Social Impact 2021 programme helps purpose-driven ventures in the UK advance their artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to create positive social change. Microsoft for Startups UK and the Social Tech Trust will select a cohort of organisations with a commitment to a social mission to a four-month programme.
The scheme is looking for organisations that support the UK healthcare, manufacturing and resources industries to recover faster and better from COVID-19. Impact should include improving the lives of patients, communities, employees and customers, in these sectors, in the following categories:
Future-proofing healthcare in the areas of:
Prevention and early detection of cancer and other conditions
Revolutionising healthcare settings
Ensuring equitable access to healthcare
Revolutionising manufacturing & resources in the areas of:
Creating more sustainable supply chains
Building the factory & workforce of the future
Transforming water & energy through renewables
The Microsoft AI for Social Impact Cohort is delivered remotely.
Successful ventures will participate in a four-month programme, starting in March 2021 and will benefit from resources, advice, and one-to-one support to help them grow and scale the impact of their purpose driven AI initiative.
Being part of a four-month programme with a bespoke approach for each venture and a peer community.
A non-equity programme, with up to $25,000 of Azure cloud services credits.
Advice from experts on AI, technology, commercial development and social impact to take an AI for Social Impact solution / service to the next level.
Workshops and 1:1 coaching from Microsoft for Startups and Social Tech Trust, and a network of advisors to help meet key milestones.
Access to Microsoft for Startups and Social Tech Trust online events to network with UK tech community.
Support to explore post-accelerator funding and investment options, and join the Social Tech Trust portfolio and gain access to a network of leading social tech ventures and advisors.
Who Can Apply
Applicants must have or want to embed a purpose-driven approach to their business activities including measuring social impact. They must have a minimum of £750,000 of funds raised or £400,000 of annual revenues. They should be a registered B2B/B2B2C company or charity, less than seven years old.
Applicants must have an in-house tech lead who is committed to participate for the full duration of the programme.
How To Apply
Applications close on 15 January 2021.
Applications are made online at the programme website.
More details can be accessed here
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Microsoft for Startups UK
Email: [email protected]