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This is an analysis of applications received by Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation to the Tech for Good funding stream in 2016/17. The programme seeks to fund projects which use digital technology to address social challenges.

It was designed to include a simple first stage application process, which consisted of a publically available video, 100 word summary and a visual presentation. This attracted 145 applications which were reviewed by staff at both Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation to create a long list of our top 50 in November 2016 and to select our top 10 in March 2017.

The analysis aims to answer five key questions, including comparisons between the applications that were successfully funded and those that were longlisted. The key questions are:

  • What types of technology are being developed?
  • What approaches are adopted?
  • What is the focus of the application? (Linking these to the key themes for Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation)
  • Who are the target audience for the projects?
  • What stage of development are the projects?

Additionally, the analysis presents data on the types of organisations applying for funding, the size of those applicants, and geographical analysis of the locations of the applicants.

Key findings

Applications generally came from registered charities, but one in six applications came from Community Interest Companies.

  • The majority of applicants had income greater than £1 million.
  • Two fifths of applicants are based in London.
  • Most applications aim to provide information or advice directly to beneficiaries.
  • The largest focus of applications was health and wellbeing.
  • Over half of applications were at the stage of having a minimum viable product or pilot product for their project.

Read the full analysis here