North East Social Tech Fund Business Challenges

Are you a creative, digital, or tech SME with an interest in developing digital solutions that create a social impact? Then we’re looking to hear from you. As part of the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund, Digital Catapult NETV has worked with regional charities and community interest companies who are now looking for organisations that can develop digital solutions to address key challenges within their organisations. That means it’s up to you; the creative, digital or tech companies, to develop a tailored prototype solution or minimum viable product (MVP). Budgets of up to £10,000 (per organisation) have been made available. The summaries and briefs for all the organisations can be found below.

 

To apply for any of the challenges, please complete our online form (the form will ask you which organisation you’re applying for): https://airtable.com/shrZWbmjf2isVnac6.

 


Citizens Advice Northumberland provides free, confidential and impartial advice to residents within Northumberland, focusing on a range of issues including money, benefits, housing and employment. One of Citizens Advice Northumberland’s biggest challenges is the volume of phone calls that remains diverted or unanswered, which can negatively impact well-being and leave a person in distress. Citizens Advice Northumberland is looking for a digital solution that will enable it to better respond to phone calls and ensure that those in need receive appropriate, localised support in a timely manner. Download the full business challenge here.

 


Kielder Observatory is a public outreach astronomical facility located in Kielder Forest. The Observatory is looking for a digital solution that will enable it to provide a better experience to current visitors (particularly when skies are cloudy), and which enables more audiences to experience a glimpse of the Kielder cosmos. A budget of £10,000 is made available for a prototype, through support from the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund. Download the full business challenge here.

 



Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust (KWFPDT)
 is looking for a new digital paid-for experience which will help it drive greater revenue, widen access, and attract more diverse audiences to Kielder. KWFPDT is open to creative ideas but suggestions may include a virtual tour guide, virtual mountain biker, or a VR experience illustrating what Kielder looked like in the past.

A budget of £10,000 is made available for a prototype, through support from the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund. Download the full business challenge here.

 



ManHealth CIC
supports the mental health of men through peer-to-peer support groups and communities. ManHealth CIC is now looking for a developer to create a platform that enables ManHealth to share advice and information with its members while enabling users to connect with each other – ultimately creating more positive impact among the mental health of men. A budget of £10,000 is made available for a prototype, through support from the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund. Download the full business challenge here.

 



The Road to Recovery Trust
supports people suffering from addiction through peer support and a 12-step abstinence based programme. The Trust delivers these activities from its own building – George Street Social – which features a café and activity spaces. The Trust is looking for a digital solution that will enable service users and those on low incomes to access discounted food and drink from its cafe without “standing out” – retaining anonymity, pride and dignity.

A budget of £10,000 is made available for a prototype, through support from the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund. Download the full business challenge here.

 


As part of the Everything in Place Project, St Cuthbert’s Hospice has developed an offline training course which helps those affected by life-limiting conditions to deal with difficult topics such as death, grief and loss. St Cuthbert’s Hospice is now looking for a digital solution which will enable it to scale the training course, reach more users and increase accessibility.

A budget of £10,000 is made available for a prototype, through support from the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund. Download the full business challenge here.

 


ESCAPE provides a specialist support service for families and carers of substance users in Northumberland. The organisation is looking for a better data management system which will enable it to collect, control, access and share data. A budget of £10,000 is made available for a prototype, through support from the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund. Download the full business challenge here.

 


The North East Young Dads and Lads Project (NEYDL) and Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHiST) both support a range of individuals with their health and well-being. For this challenge, the organisations have teamed up to explore the development of improved data management systems.

A budget of £15,000 is made available for a prototype, through support from the North East Social Tech Pilot Fund. Download the full business challenge here.

 


The North East Social Tech Fund is supported by Comic Relief, Community Foundation Durham, Newcastle Building Society and Northstar Foundation.