Vodafone launches new social innovation award

A new social innovation award supporting UK tech ventures on a mission  to #StartSomethingGood – supporting ideas that help people, communities and our environment.

Applications are open for Vodafone Techstarter, a new social innovation award launched by Vodafone UK and Vodafone Foundation (registered charity number 1089625), in partnership with Social Tech Trust.

We’re offering UK social tech ventures the chance to secure fund awards from a total prize fund of £300,000 as well as gain access to leading industry and technology expertise to help take transformational solutions to the next level.

Applications are accepted from the fields of health and wellbeing, education, environment, social mobility and inequality.

awards – Funded by Vodafone Foundation

This category is only open to charities, NGOs and community interest companies (CICs).

Four (4) winners will receive a £35,000 prize in cash and a full 12-month programme of support and value-in-kind.


For-profit awards – Funded by Vodafone UK

This category is only open to commercial businesses, enterprises and for-profit start-ups.

Four (4) winners will receive a £35,000 prize in cash and a full 12-month programme of support and value-in-kind.


Vodafone Champions award – Funded by Vodafone UK and Vodafone Foundation

One winner will be a not-for-profit organisation, the other a for-profit company. Vodafone Champions Award winners can also be winners in categories 1 or 2.

Two (2) winners will receive a prize of £10,000 cash each. Winners will be chosen by popular vote amongst Vodafone employees across UK.


 The moment to apply is now. The deadline for applications is midday, 23 October 2018.  Applications can be made here: www.vodafone.co.uk/techstarter

In order to be eligible, your organisation must have:

  • A social mission written into your organisation’s governance or be willing to do so during the funding period
  • Potential to deliver social impact at scale with an innovative approach
  • A working product or service that you will continue to test and iterate
  • Evidence of your potential to create social as well as user and financial value
  • The right team with relevant experience and expertise
  • Registration as a UK-based organisation (projects may operate and help people outside of the UK)

 Your organisation can be for-profit or not-for-profit, but please note that Vodafone Foundation prizes may only be won by not-for-profit organisations excluding public sector.

20th September 2018  –  Applications open

23rd October (Mid day) 2018 – Deadline for application submissions

November 2018 – First results: Shortlisting the top 50 initiatives

January 2019 – 12 finalists announced

February 2019 – Final results: live judging and awards ceremony

Supporting Socially-Motivated Tech

Technology innovation driven by social purpose gives us a new way to look at how we plan for the future, support people and build a world that is sustainable and prosperous for all.

Many of today’s technological advances owe their success to collective effort. When it comes to socially motivated tech, collaboration between individuals and communities in need and tech developers is a truly powerful force, enabling some of the most transformative ventures to achieve significant impact.

Industry can help create a fertile environment for scaling new social tech ideas, not only through funding support but through access to expertise and networks.

The Vodafone Techstarter social innovation award will support the UK’s efforts to create the best environment for developing and scaling new innovations that will contribute positively to the world in which we live.


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