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The Future 20 are more than just numbers, they are innovators, impact makers and game changers in their field.

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We’re on the hunt for 20 of the most innovative startups who are working to address the most pressing global and local challenges – and we’re calling them The Future 20.

We recognise that they need the right kind of support, so we’ve created a bespoke package for the most exciting startups across the UK to help them create maximum impact and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Offer

This is a no fee, no equity programme with

Mentorship from select entrepreneurs and angel investors

Introductions to funders and opportunities to raise capital

Advice on product development, go-to-market roadmaps and access to testing sites

Business development support from professional service partners

Specialist vertical partners for industry insight, introductions and profile

Free workspace in a supportive and inspiring environment


Our focus on social innovation and tech for good

We want to work with start-ups that use technology with purpose or create business models which deliver impact and financial sustainability. We use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our framework, a blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 global goals address the challenges we face from inequality and poverty to environmental degradation and clean water.

We’re looking for the 20 ventures who can inspire and excite with their solutions for creating change on a local and global basis. From developing low cost technology for water filtration that could impact the lives of millions in the developing world to using contactless technology to improve the lives of homeless people in the UK, your idea should have the potential to change lives.

Who are we looking for?

UK based tech for good and social start-ups looking to address at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Able to demonstrate some traction, have an MVP in-place, or received funding and now looking to grow and scale quickly

Gain expertise and knowledge from key strategic partners and the suite of resources on offer including legal, finance, investment, admin, referrals, and mentorship

You will benefit from full access to any of our business centres and workspace from some of our existing partners, although you may be based remotely too

You're looking to be a part of a bespoke programme specifically tailored to the needs of your business

A strong and ambitious team, although you may still be building it. We don’t accept applications from individuals and you must have the right to work in the UK

We welcome everyone from all backgrounds to apply – we celebrate diversity and are keen to support underrepresented entrepreneurs

Sound like you?

The important bits:
• Apply before the deadline of midnight on 31st May
• Kick-off will be 21st June 2019



Please get in touch below for more information, or to speak directly to the Future 20 Programme Manager, contact

Future 20 partners

We are working with a number of dynamic partners who are committed to addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and helping our Future 20 to deliver maximum impact

Strategic Partners


Stoneking are providing legal support and advice throughout the programme, with offices in Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds and London.


JP Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries.

Thematic Partners

Enterprize Euro Network

Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.


Innovate UK works with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. It connects businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services.

Health Foundry

Health Foundry is a collaborative workspace for digital health, bringing together a diverse range of people who understand healthcare challenges, as well as digital solutions and opportunities.

European Commission

The EU Commission tables laws for policies & allocates funding for strategic business priorities. It ensures the technical details of products and services by consulting experts and the public, negotiates international agreements.

Triple Point

Triple Point is a UK early stage investor, with an impact venture fund focusing on themes including health, education and the environment. Triple Point invests across the UK and its portfolio companies have previously won awards including the UK Business Angel Association’s ‘Best Investment in AI’.


The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics and computational biology committed to delivering life-changing science.


The Water Innovation Network is a free business network and partnership initiative between Allia and Anglian Water. It provides opportunities and support for organisations that have innovative solutions to business challenges within the water sector.


AgeTech Accelerator supports the development of innovative solutions, products and services for older people so that they can remain at home for longer.

Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East supports the growth of a vibrant agri-tech cluster of innovative farmers, scientists, technologists, commercial and technical service providers, investors and entrepreneurs.

Anglian Water

Anglian Water are the largest water and water recycling company in England and Wales. They are leading innovation in utilities for a rapidly growing population whilst responding to significant environmental challenges.

The Aurora Innovation Centre

The Aurora Innovation Centre at British Antarctic Survey aims to generate new partnerships that focus on research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments.

Cambridge Cleantech

Cambridge Cleantech provides on-going commercial support and broker key business collaborations to companies that are driving the development of goods and services in response to global sustainability challenges.


CW is the leading international community for ambitious technology organisations, stimulating debate sharing knowledge, and helping to build connections between academia and industry.

Oxfordshire Greentech

Oxfordshire Greentech is a new business network supporting the growth of the low-carbon sector to encourage innovation, collaboration and knowledge transfer.

Still have questions?

We really value the time spent getting to know our applicants. If you’d like the opportunity to speak our Programme Manager before applying, then please email Emma, on

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