Eight digital startups have been selected to take part in the London mayor’s civic innovation challenge, building solutions to some of the capital city’s most pressing problems.
Impact Award-winning walking discovery app GoJauntly is among the eight moving forward to the London mayor’s civic innovation challenge, run by tech-for-good investor and accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures.
The winning eight, narrowed down from 14 finalists, were unveiled at a City Hall reception on Monday. They’re listed in full below.
Finalists for the challenge will receive £15,000 to develop their ideas by running a pilot with their partners later in the year.
The final group has been whittled down from over 100 applicants. Older people’s befriending service BuddyHub, operating out of Hackney’s impact-focussed Future Business Centre, is also among the eight.
Startups were selected for addressing climate change, inequality, loneliness and isolation and the health challenges of an ageing population. Each challenge has a sponsor that will work with the startups to test their solutions.
“We’re excited for the next phase of the journey to use #tech for a better London,” BGV tweeted on Monday.
Sadiq Khan’s civic innovation challenge is part of a wider ‘smarter London together’ roadmap, created to offer “a flexible digital masterplan for the city”.
At Monday’s launch, London chief digital officer Theo Blackwell said the civic challenge was a great opportunity to harness the power of the tech sector and public bodies to meet citizen needs. He said future challenges would engage the public in deciding innovation challenges.
Civic innovation eight
Active travel challenge (backed by Transport for London)
Electric vehicles challenge (backed by National Grid and Shell)
Dementia services challenge (backed by Our Healthier South East London STP)
Pearl Support Network
Financial inclusion and digital skills challenge (backed by Lloyds Banking Group)
Quids In! Readers Club
Loneliness and isolation challenge (backed by Hackney Council)
Physical activity challenge (backed by Ealing Council)