Accelerating tech to achieve the Global Goals

We’ve partnered with angel investors Andy Wales and Ed Gillespie to harness the potential of the UK tech ecosystem to fund and support ambitious teams using technology to drive international development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 Global Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015, set out an ambitious path to create a healthy, prosperous, and just world with a shared vision of a better future from all walks of life.

In order to deliver on this ambitious framework by 2030, we believe that technology offers tremendous opportunities to bridge economic and social gaps, link people to markets, protect our planet and its people – put simply use technology for good. Whilst multinationals and major national companies can drive change at scale, we believe it is entrepreneurs who are often defining the innovative solutions which will create new value and accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

Through this partnership we will deliver a tailored programme alongside the main BGV accelerator to help and support talented teams using technology to realise the Global Goals for international development. We believe a new generation of tech startups working on global development challenges is needed to create lasting social impact and ensure no-one is left behind.

Ventures applying for the Global Goals will benefit from connections to multinational companies and potential partners.

About the partners

Andy Wales – Andy brings strong networks at senior levels in multinational companies and experience of operating across developing markets. He is currently Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer for BT plc and a Senior Adviser to the Global Innovation Fund. He was Senior Vice President Sustainable Development for brewer SABMiller, building value chains for growth and development across Africa, Latin America and India. He was a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He also advises WWF UK, Sainsbury’s, Cervest and Cross Boundary Solar, and judges on the Imagine H20 global water accelerator.

Ed Gillespie – Ed is a writer, communications specialist, serial entrepreneur and futurist. He is the author of ‘Only Planet – a flight-free adventure around the world’ a book about his circumnavigation of the globe without getting on a plane, which the Independent said “Allow[s] the world’s flaws and beauty to seep into your soul”. Ed is co-founder of Futerra, a change agency that specialises in business transformation and creative communications and campaigns. For the last seventeen years Futerra has become internationally renowned for it’s influential and award-winning work on some of the biggest corporate sustainability initiatives. Ed is also actively involved in a number of pioneering businesses as a Director or Investor, from Zero Carbon Food to ET Index. He is also a Director of Greenpeace UK and a facilitator with the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership programme.