Unity Ventures is pleased to announce a new cross-sector partnership to nurture new and emerging tech solutions for social and public service delivery.
The GoodTech Ventures Community and Accelerator will make it easier for early-stage impact-led tech ventures to design, build and deploy game-changing digital technologies into social and public service delivery.
42% of civil servants believe that their department lacks the tools, resources and skills necessary to utilise technology in transforming public service delivery a recent government report has revealed. This programme will support founders to scale their ventures and navigate the complexities of social invocation, in turn facilitating digital innovation in the sector and supporting more social ventures to thrive.
GoodTech Ventures Community and Accelerator will be delivered by Catch22 in partnership with Social Tech Trust and Unity Ventures with over 700k of funding and support from Ufi, Microsoft and the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The programme will support and develop the most promising transformative tech solutions to design, build and deploy game-changing digital technologies into social and public service delivery.
The programme has two core features of support:
GoodTech Community – providing “always-on” venture support through an open community platform, helping early-stage founders prepare for scale.
GoodTech Accelerator – working with 30+ SMEs to provide intensive innovation and go-to-market support.
Helen Gironi, Director of Ventures at Ufi VocTech Trust, says:
“At Ufi, we have seen first-hand the transformative role early-stage startups can play within public service delivery. We are really pleased to be able to continue our support of Catch22’s work and the development of the GoodTech Ventures Community and Accelerator.
Andy Canniford, Chief Development Officer at Catch22, says:
“As we witnessed from the pandemic, innovation and adaptability is a crucial element in effective public and third sector delivery. At Catch22, we are committed to taking the learnings from our operational delivery and building this into our political reform and wider commitment to changing public service delivery for the better.”
Catch22 is a charity and social business that delivers programmes across education, employability, justice and youth work. Last year, our 100+ services supported over 160,000 people to lead better lives across the UK.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.
Ufi VocTech Trust supports the development and adoption of learning technology to help adults across the UK develop the skills they need for work. We have provided more than £28m in grant funding and direct investment to support over 280 tech-enabled projects.
Social Tech Trust are here to ensure the benefits of tech are felt by all. We are a charitable foundation that has spent over a decade building the UK’s social tech/tech for good ecosystem. We have directly supported 300+ organisations and 30m+ people have benefited from our ventures’ products / services.