05 Sep 2018

Announcing the finalists of the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge

By Nelly Lavielle

We are excited to announce the finalists for the first ever Civic Innovation Challenge, run by the Mayor of London in partnership with Bethnal Green Ventures.

This programme is an opportunity for startups and SMEs to work together with leading corporate organisations and public bodies to test their solutions directly with the end market.

The final startups and SMEs were chosen to tackle some of London’s most pressing issues, from climate change to inequality to the health challenges associated with an ageing population.

We were overwhelmed by the number of applications to the Challenge, which demonstrated the incredible talent and rich diversity of the startup community in London. A survey of all startups that applied found that 42 per cent had management teams that were over 50 per cent women, while 35 per cent had management teams that were over 50 per cent from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background.

The finalists will receive targeted business support during September and compete to win £15,000 to further develop their ideas by running a pilot with partners later this year. The partners include Transport for London, National Grid, Shell, Lloyds Banking Group, the London boroughs of Hackney and Ealing, and a group of London NHS trusts.


The finalists for the first ever Mayor of London Civic Innovation Challenge are:

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

Delivering Affordable Homes Challenge, backed by Transport for London

Financial Inclusion and Digital Skills Challenge, backed by Lloyds Banking Group

Loneliness and Isolation Challenge, backed by Hackney Council

Physical Activity Challenge, backed by Ealing Council