Earlier this year, we received a record number of applications for our Spring 2021 programme - you may have heard us mention it once or twice. Of those 300+ applications, 11 ventures emerged for their potential to build a successful tech venture to drive meaningful positive impact - from supporting carers, to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles, to financial inclusion.
This was the third remote programme BGV has offered since the pandemic. As a result of this new set up, we were able to invest in founders who otherwise would not have been able to make it to London. This year founders based in Ghana, the U.S and throughout the U.K, were all able to attend, learn and grow from our programme.
Throwback to the start of the Spring 2021 programme.
These 12-weeks of diligent work came together in the BGV S21 Showcase, where the founders presented their businesses, the progress they’d made and where they’re headed next. If you missed the event, but want to hear more about how each team is using tech for good to drive positive outcomes for people and planet, you can find out more about them and watch their pitches below:
1 Brave Friend: Building the next generation social growth platform that helps people learn about other cultures, communities and identities with their friends.Tendelo:Simplifying bookkeeping through speech technology for small businesses in Africa. Watch their pitch
The Science Writing RevolutionA movement led by academics to revolutionise scientific writing. Their web-platform TooWrite helps researchers write papers while protecting their mental health and lowering diversity barriers.
Neumind: An app to improve long-term quality of life and independence of people living with neurological conditions or injuries by supporting individuals and their caregivers.Watch their pitch
PreActiv:Empowering patients to prepare for their medical treatment through easy-to-follow, personalised prehabilitation programmes. Created by doctors and sent straight to the home. Watch their pitch
Skinlync: A platform providing people with the tools needed to master the self-management of skin conditions, while connecting users to a community with a wide range of knowledge and experience.Watch their pitch
Curo Carers:Support for employees with caring responsibilities. Curo is a platform for unpaid carers to connect with each other and meet experts, share resources, tips and support each other to better juggle work and caring for a loved one.Watch their pitch
TaskHer:An online platform which empowers its users to find, book and pay experienced tradeswomen, whilst addressing the gender imbalance in the trades industry. Watch their pitch
The next decade holds much promise. With that in mind, we decided it was time to give BGV a new look and feel. One that does our reputation justice, embodies our ambitions, and helps us continue to lead the charge on tech for good.
Dubbed as ‘Lifeline meets Lord of the Rings’, Betwixt takes a radically different approach to helping solve the mental health crisis. Unlike traditional mental health apps, Betwixt is an interactive smartphone game that focuses on prevention over cure.
A new batch of brilliant tech for good ventures joining our portfolio. These teams make up our Spring 2022 cohort. The solutions they’re building are diverse as ever, spanning from accessible home ownership to speech therapy. Meet them here.