Our Cultivator takes innovative ideas all the way from problem definition through implementation to assessment of impact, providing longer, more cyclical support than traditional incubators and accelerators. Cultivator ventures benefit from a programme of workshops, networking opportunities and peer exchange, along with mentoring from technical, professional and business experts. We also offer support with financial management, administration, communications, human resources and fundraising, as well as a small library and an online ‘Cultivator Toolkit’.
One in ten people in the world do not have access to clean water. Water-born bacterial infections lead to 2.2 million deaths every year and current water testing equipment is bulky, expensive and take at least a day to give results. Waterscope is developing an inexpensive, rapid water testing kit capable of identifying bacterial presence in 20 minutes, 20 times faster than current tests available.
Majico’s patented technology is based on a new method of water treatment that accelerates photocatalysis – the disinfection of water from many common organic contaminants under solar illumination. This innovative technology allows faster and more effective (efficiency of E.coli disinfection rate up to 13x higher than titanium dioxide) sunlight-driven water treatment and its simple delivery allows it to be conducted off-grid.
Blue Tap are developing a water purifier pack which can be easily installed by local plumbers onto household pipes in developing countries. This means water can be purified to drinking water quality. The plumbers will be trained to safely dose water and insert the correct amount of chlorine into the water supply. The venture aims to build a local water entrepreneurship movement – helping plumbers build their business from selling, installing and maintaining the Blue Tap technology in the communities that will benefit from it most.
Formerly know as CamBike Sensor, open-seneca are developing a low-cost mobile citizen science air pollution sensor network. The open source sensor hub is currently being adapted to consider the challenges and opportunities of measuring air quality in urban environments of developing countries.
Farming Data have developed a digital farmer-to-buyer transaction platform as a scalable solution to the market access, data generation, and data delivery problem in smallholder agriculture. The platform is user-centric, built for the technology available to smallholders and local buyers.
Using supply chain innovation, Sparrow is up-cycling bicycles from ‘share bike graveyards’ across China for use in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The bicycles are reliable and robust as they have been designed specifically for shared use and outdoor storage, and will be sold at roughly a third of the cost of conventional bicycle charities.
Although the rise of mobile phones and social media provides a new stream of data for documenting human rights violations, the verification of this information raises complications. The Whistle develops digital tools to helpfully, efficiently and safely report and verify human rights issues.
Deploy is a is a mobile diagnostic laboratory in a tent which will be deployed and used for identification of cases of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in Sierra Leone.
Sustainable and cutting-edge technological solutions locally adapted and implemented are required for the pathway of emerging countries towards knowledge-based economies. Camnexus supports the transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies from the UK to emerging regions, to foster sustainable development.
Ideabatic has been developing its SMILE (Smart last-mile) technology to guarantee vaccines are kept at the critical temperatures of 2-8 degrees Celsius and extend cooling capacity throughout the ‘last-mile’ journey, which typically takes a few hours to 7 days. SMILE aims to eliminate vaccine spoilage and reach out to millions who are currently unvaccinated.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in the under-40s; every year, over 15 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury. Effective treatment requires imaging but current technologies (CT and MRI) are expensive and static, meaning that they are unavailable for much of the world’s population. Cortirio are developing portable and low-cost brain imaging, enabling diagnosis to be done in any location.
Open Diagnostics is developing a new open source, paper-based diagnostic strip based on recent advances in “cell-free” synthetic biology. Proof-of-concept for these diagnostic strips has already been demonstrated for detecting Zika and Ebola viruses. Since they are low cost, thermally stable, and easy to use, these strips are well suited to bring diagnostic capabilities to the Global South in healthcare, agriculture and environmental monitoring.
Worldwide, groundwater is the most heavily extracted of all raw materials. ApRES is an instrument that can document changes in the depth of the water table and can monitor the discharge and recharge of aquifers in arid and semi-arid regions – making the management of groundwater in water-scarce regions practically possible. ApRES has an impressive depth resolution, can be left unattended for extended periods, has low power requirements and can be remotely reprogrammed.
Accelerating progress in addressing Global Challenges by connecting problem solvers with community-scale problems.
Dala is an early stage Ed-tech start-up. Dala’s vision is to foster learning outside the boundaries of classrooms, enabling children in Sub-Saharan Africa to reach minimum proficiency levels in reading by the end of grade 3.
The MAPI project aims to develop existing technologies into a powerful new tool for remote monitoring of terrestrial plastic pollution. They are exploring drone–based hyperspectral imaging (HSI) as a tool to detect plastic pollution.
The Bio Photo Voltaic (BPV) device is an open source apparatus that generates electrical current through the biological activity of algae or plants. The components of the BBV are obtained from recycled material: plastic bottles and aluminium from recycled cans.
Ejoka Foundation seeks to support education in the Karamoja region of Uganda. The foundation’s mission is to respond to Karamojong educational needs by implementing solutions based on rigorous educational and anthropological research.
Partners for Change Ethiopia is working to develop its Blue Nile Centre in Bahir Dar, northern Ethiopia, into a research and demonstration facility for international and Ethiopian academics and social enterprises. Partners for Change will facilitate the co-creation of sustainable solutions to challenges caused by poverty by researchers and social entrepreneurs together with local people.
The Open Development and Education Network (ODEN) seeks to support children, teachers, ministries and other education sector actors through open approaches, and embodies by the Principles for Digital Development, incorporating open data and open resources.
There are huge barriers to emerging economies harnessing biotechnology to meet local challenges, including inadequate supply chains, making reagents unaffordable and hampering scientific progress. Beneficial Bio is a network of social enterprises run by biologists that aims to eliminate these barriers by accelerating and scaling local research in the short term, and increasing the agency of more people to shape biotechnology over the long term.
Innoflav is exploring the potential to use a novel vitamin-based compound with antiviral properties as a disinfectant in low- and middle-income countries. The compound used is a colloid formulation consisting of a titanium dioxide core encased in a vitamin layer. It is activated by light, which starts the production of a reactive oxygen species, damaging any present virus particles and possibly other pathogens such as bacterial spores. The compound can be applied as a paste or as a solution via a spray mister to disinfect surfaces, which are then pathogen-free for a longer amount of time than with typical disinfectants currently on the market.