11 Jun 2018

BGV partners with the Mayor of London to launch his Civic Innovation Challenge

By Jessica

At the opening of London Tech Week this morning the Mayor of London launched his Civic Innovation Challenge, a new programme that will match startups and SMEs with leading corporates and public organisations in order to develop solutions to some of London’s biggest issues.

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with the Mayor of London to help design and deliver the Civic Innovation Challenge. We saw this as a great opportunity to help the growing community of tech for good startups pilot their solutions with huge customers such as Transport for London (TfL) and the National Grid.

Seven challenges have been launched around the three major issues of inequality, climate change and the growing ageing population. The seven challenges and their partnering organisations are:

  • Active Travel – TfL
  • Electric Vehicles – National Grid
  • Delivering Affordable Housing – TfL
  • Dementia Services – Our Healthier South East London STP
  • Loneliness and Isolation – Hackney Council
  • Physical Activity – Ealing Council
  • Financial Inclusion and Digital Skills – Lloyds Banking Group

The startups and SMEs selected for the programme will receive business support and mentoring from BGV, and they will work together with the challenge partners to pilot their solutions in the market. They will get access to a £15k grant from the GLA to support the pilot, with the potential for further funding and support from partners.

Applications are open now until BST 23:59 Sunday 8th July. For more information on the challenges and to apply head over to civicinnovation.london

The London Civic Innovation Challenge is funded by the Mayor, the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) – via the London Growth Hub – and TfL. It is delivered in partnership with BGV.


Visit the Challenge website