The open call process was designed to be different to our more traditional funds, with a focus on inclusivity and encouraging proposals from different types of organisations – especially those new to us.
We also offered a wider range of support, both financial and non-financial, such as access to our connections, advice and insight.
We really wanted to see innovative solutions that addressed one of our challenges, were targeted for a specific audience and were designed with both of these in mind.
We received an overwhelming response, totalling 840 proposals, that were whittled down to 27 solutions representing the most innovative and relevant to the challenges.
Those chosen were from across the UK and include a mix of technological solutions and non-tech, business-to-business and business-to-consumer, with each solution supporting more than one type of audience.
This resulted in us choosing a portfolio of different organisations to help us to learn more about different types of innovation.