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    We’re looking for ambitious technology startups that are tackling big social and environmental problems. That could be anything from fixing healthcare to reducing carbon emissions or improving education to reducing crime – the key is that your solution must have the potential to help millions of people somewhere along the line. We’re particularly interested in supporting ideas in the following areas: 


    We’re excited by technology that improves healthcare without increasing cost; offers new possibilities for preventative health and early interventions and improves the organisation of healthcare.Read more


    We’re looking for opportunities to back ventures that help reorganise the education system in a way that improves outcomes, decreases costs and reduces inequality. Read more


    We think the way we power society needs to change entirely, moving to a low-carbon world and dealing with waste completely differently. We need to find new ways to deal with climate change. Read more


    We believe a new generation of pro-worker innovation is needed for the low-wage economy, and that technology could be used to help increase bargaining power, boost pay and curb insecurity. Read more

    Democracy and society

    We believe there are opportunities for technology to improve our communities and help build new models of democracy that go beyond representation Read more

    Vulnerable young people

    We’re seeking ideas for technology to empower vulnerable young people, improving health and wellbeing and giving them the tools to thrive. Read more

    Key Dates

    3rd May 2017 – 18th June 2017
    Autumn 2017 Applications open

    17th July 2017 – 21st July 2017
    Shortlist interviews in London

    13th September 2017 – 1st December 2017
    Autumn 2017 programme runs

    The BGV accelerator programme offers:

    • Investment: £20,000 cash in exchange for 6% equity
    • Support: An intensive 3 month programme of workshops and 1:1 support to accelerate your startup
    • Connections: Access to a network of over 100 mentors
    • Office space: 6 months’ free office space in central London

    After the programme all BGV ventures have access to:

    • More investment: Potential further investment from BGV of up to £50,000
    • More support: A programme of ongoing learning and development provided by BGV
    • More connections: Become a part of the BGV alumni community with over 80 tech for good founders

    Find out more about what happens on the accelerator programme below.

    Team Updates

    Each week we bring our teams together to share progress and seek advice and support from peers in the cohort. Peer to peer support is on-going in our alumni community. 

    Office Hours

    Every week the BGV team will meet one on one with each team to help them set priorities, talk through challenges and move forward. 

    Founder Confidential

    Throughout the programme we invite founders into the office to tell the no frills story of how they built their social venture. We also bring investors in to give an honest talk around what makes them tick. 


    We have over 100 mentors available to support our teams. We run investor one-to-one sessions where our teams can have an open conversation with investors around product, strategy, social impact and possible funding options.


    We run regular workshops on a range of topics including: user testing, impact measurement, service design, pitching, business development and investment strategy. 

    Demo Day

    Demo Day is an evening event which marks the end of our programme. It's an evening of celebration where all the teams pitch their ideas to an audience of friends, partners, investors and press.