We’re a charity that challenges ourselves and others to think differently about the relationship between tech and society. We run programmes and provide the investment needed for high potential social tech ventures to grow and scale their social impact.
Tech has the potential to play a crucial role in addressing some of the greatest social challenges we face today. If we’re merely passive consumers of tech, we have no control over its direction and little influence on how it impacts our lives.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We are the designers, creators and consumers of tech. It’s up to us to decide and shape what tech can do for us. Which is why our vision is a world where social transformation drives tech.
We exist to ensure that equality, inclusion and empowerment drive tech, so that when our lives are transformed by tech, they are transformed for the better.
Since 2008, we have supported over 300 social ventures in the UK and provided more than £30m of funding to transform lives with tech. Through this work, we’ve played a vital role in developing the social tech ecosystem and have built an extensive track record of successfully supporting social tech ventures to deliver financial and social returns.
We believe that equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is critical to achieving our vision of a world where social transformation drives tech. When technology is guided by these principles, it can be transformative, which is why EDI is at the heart of the trust and our approach to innovation.
The climate crisis and global pandemic that have unfolded in the last few years further exposed the inequalities that exist within society. To create a more equitable world, our approach to EDI spans three core areas:
Social Tech Trust is at an exciting stage. We’ve already invested more than £30m in 300 socially motivated initiatives over the last decade. We’re now ready to scale our impact by launching a new investment fund for early-stage social tech ventures. Our fund is based on a flexible VC model that combines elements of revenue-based investment and venture capital to enable social tech ventures to build their sustainability and increase their impact. Our active programmes help ventures deliver equality outcomes throughout society and we work closely with impactful partners.
12 years’ experience – investing £30m, supporting more than 300 social tech ventures and benefiting 30m+ people
An impressive board of trustees with an ambitious strategy to take the Trust to the next level and a risk appetite to match the ambition
A diverse and talented team with extensive experience of developing and delivering impactful programmes
A fund model based on a flexible venture capital approach, to enable social tech ventures to build their sustainability and increase their impact
A proven track record and strong alumni of social tech ventures and partners
Our values define who we are and guide our decisions and behaviour. We are:
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