The winners of the first Vodafone Techstarter awards have been announced.
The Techstarter programme has been created in partnership with the Vodafone Foundation and Social Tech Trust – and is celebrating businesses with a social purpose.
The winners were revealed as Code 4000, Full Fact, The Children’s Society and Wayfindr in the not-for-profit category; and Alice SI, Blakbear, Lettus Grow and Walk With Path in the for-profit category.
The Techstarter Champion’s award – voted for by Vodafone employees – went to The Children’s Society and LettUs Grow.
The ventures use a range of technologies, from mobile apps and the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence and blockchain.
In addition to sharing a prize fund of £300,000, winners will benefit from access to industry and technology expertise from Vodafone and Social Tech Trust, enabling them to take their innovations from prototype to market readiness.
This will include coaching, mentoring and commercial advice.
Nick Jeffery, Chief Executive, Vodafone UK, comments: “The range and calibre of the Vodafone Techstarter winners show that the UK is home to a thriving social tech sector.
“We believe some of the biggest challenges in society can be addressed using technology and innovation. These awards are just one way we can recognise, celebrate and support start-ups developing and using technology as a force for good.”