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A floating solar array, food management platform and Covid-safe travel app were among the winners of the Mayor’s Resilience Fund Awards, which aim to help the UK capital emerge stronger from the pandemic.
Ten start-ups have won £40,000 each to work with local community partners to further develop their solutions thanks to the Mayor of London’s Resilience Fund Awards.
Working in partnership with Nesta Challenges, mayor Sadiq Khan set up the £1m innovation programme to support London’s businesses and community groups to emerge stronger from Covid-19 and to ensure the capital is prepared for future disruptive challenges.
Khan identified the 10 challenges by working closely with local authorities, public agencies, social enterprises, and community groups across the capital (collectively identified as Resilience Partners). These problems were then put to the city’s innovators, who were challenged to use new technologies and creative ways to solve them.
“The pandemic has been the most challenging period in our great city’s history since World War Two,” said Khan. “Today London is home to some of the most brilliant innovators in the world, which is why I set a series of challenges directly to them help build our city back better.
“The winners are using digital, data and technology to make a real difference to Londoners, from supporting local businesses and traders to green and renewable solutions for our city. They all show what great ingenuity we have here in London.”
The winners of each challenge are:
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Sqwyre by Whythawk: a commercial location database supporting research into business properties and contributing to reducing vacancy rates.
Open-Source Platform for Affordable Workspace Fit Out by Arbeit Project: an easily adaptable fit out model that offers a cost-effective solution for newly built/shell and core spaces or empty premises, aiming to reduce property costs for the end user.
OpenMarkets.London by Tabled: the project will make it easier to apply for a trading license across London’s local authority markets.
Spaze Food Management Platform by Spaze: a cloud-based resource management platform that enables a systemic coordination of all local food stakeholders to effectively manage the supply and demand of food to tackle food insecurity.
Finmo: Finmo’s solution builds on its existing platform, where it provides software for multi-job workers to track their income and expenses and affordably file a tax return. It will then develop this further to allow gig economy workers to understand their take-home pay and how their net hourly wage compares to the Living Wage.
Healthy Air Quality Impacts in Lambeth (Heal) by BlockDox: a solution for Lambeth and other London Boroughs to model and assess health impacts from air quality interventions.
“The winners are using digital, data and technology to make a real difference to Londoners, from supporting local businesses and traders to green and renewable solutions for our city”
Royal Docks Floating Solar by Renewable Connections Developments: a floating solar array in London’s Royal Docks that will provide clean renewable energy directly to London’s City Airport, as well as other local customers.
DynamicLink by Kale Collective: a one-stop platform for the on-demand optimisation of freight journeys for operators. Based on the operator’s decisions, the platform learns to anticipate and helps with the proactive fleet management, supporting long-term logistics strategies.
Loss in Translation by Apart of Me: a peer-led grief activism project that aims to empower young people from minority ethnic backgrounds to transform their grief into compassion.
The Aubin Journey Planner by JNCTION: a door-to-door journey planner and companion app which seeks to empower people to travel confidently when using public transport during Covid.
“I’m looking forward to seeing these brilliant ideas being developed further and implemented across London in the months ahead,” said Tris Dyson, managing director, Nesta Challenges, run by the innovation foundation Nesta. “Today’s ceremony marks the start of a brighter, stronger, and more resilient future for London and set an example on the world stage too.”
The winners’ announcement follows an initial delivery phase which ran from May to July 2021 and saw 35 innovators working across the 10 challenges. The winning teams will further develop their solutions between July and October 2021.
Full details of winners and their solutions can be viewed here.