Innovation is one of the key pillars of Foundation Strategy. You can see our full strategy document here. Our innovation fund will focus on two streams of work – an innovation pipeline fund and an accelerator programme.
The innovation pipeline approach will offer three grant rounds per year, taking applications for seed, pilot and scale funding. The amounts of capital and the additional resources available will move and shift according to the needs of the recipients. We’ll have varied funding amounts and multiple grant rounds each year, allowing organisations to move through the pipeline based on their timelines, not ours. And we’ll be focused on using our technology to create positive change.
Our first call for applications will begin on the 1st of June 2017 and we hope to see our World of Difference Alumni and new community partners in the mix. More information will be available here in late May 2017.
Our Accelerator programme will see us work alongside Vodafone Xone, Vodafone Foundation Germany and other partners to pilot a residential community accelerator that will rapidly develop, test and disseminate technology based solutions for community problems. We expect to open applications for the accelerator programme in early August 2017 and information will be available here in early July 2017.
Opening on the 1st of June 2017
Opening early August 2017