We’re looking for ambitious technology startups that are tackling problems in the areas of health, education, sustainability, work and democracy and society. 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. Read more about our impact areas below.
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
15th November – 9th January
Spring 2017 applications open
6th – 9th February
Shortlisted interviews in London
20th March – 10th June
Spring 2017 accelerator 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.
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.
Every week the BGV team will meet one on one with each team to help them set priorities, talk through challenges and move forward.
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 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.