LEAP and the London Growth Hub support tech start-ups through new Civic Innovation Challenge
11 June 2018
The Mayor of London announced his new Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC) at the launch of London Tech Week. The CIC is part funded by LEAP and forms part of the London Growth Hub’s business support offer. By linking tech startups with leading companies and public bodies the CIC aims to help London overcome key issues with creative solutions.
The first year of the programme includes seven challenges across three themes: climate change (active travel, energy reduction, electric vehicles), ageing population (dementia) and inequality (loneliness, physical activity, financial inclusion).
Transport for London (TfL) have also provided funding to the programme, which will be delivered in partnership by Bethnal Green Ventures.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As Mayor I am committed to supporting the best and brightest in the capital work more closely together so that they can better deliver public services.
“For example, the health service has done great work in developing reminiscence therapy to help those living with dementia – and now the designing of resources specifically to help BAME Londoners shows how innovation in tech can be used to have a positive impact on people’s lives.
“Meanwhile, climate change affects all Londoners and so there is enormous potential for small, nimble starts up to advise Transport for London in how to steer Londoners towards cleaner travel while also tackling their own carbon emissions.”