Change is afoot in Hub London’s Westminster location. Lamps have being clamped to desks, an entire wall has been transformed into a whiteboard and books like “The Startup Owner’s Manual” and “Business Model Generation” are appearing on the shelves.
For this week sees 33 founders from 15 teams start their journey on the first ever Public Service Launchpad Accelerator, an intensive 14 week programme to support public sector related start ups, run by Hub Launchpad and FutureGov.
Founders on the programme come from diverse backgrounds and range from a former professional athlete and senior charity chiefs to teachers and youth workers. The Accelerator also includes four teams of “intrapreneurs” – people working on innovative projects to be launched in the local councils who employ them.
The projects taking part in the Accelerator are as varied as their Founders’ backgrounds. From co-creating services across councils to online education toolkits, open data projects to career development tools, the project cover a wide range of challenges that face public services across the UK today.
The 15 teams taking part are:
Revitalising Communities through Co-production: a team from Havering Council working with residents and users to co-produce and co-commission council services, to deliver higher quality services for less
Mindings: a light-touch telecare service, connecting tech-shy seniors with engaged communities, sharing rich conversations and memories
A Piece of the PIE: a team from Lambeth council developing a programme called Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) to address complex trauma for rough sleepers and can be used with all vulnerable adults and benefits both staff and users.
EduKit: an online tool that helps schools by matching students to programmes run by charities that can help with their personal development
PromiseTech: an online platform from the Winch Project (a youth club in Camden) to help children take more ownership of their data and and then enabling this to support children and young people through long-term impact measurement and information-sharing
Cloche: a team from Devon County Council looking at developing a tool, a dashboard and a community turning the council’s data into intelligence
SoberMe: aims to support those who want to give up or reduce their drinking – developing an online space that is friendly, supportive and trusted.
Mapify: an interactive reporting tool that community members can use to share ideas & resources, whilst monitoring the impact they have on their local area
E-Street: a team from Surrey County Council and Lambeth Council looking at delivering new approach to community engagement around volunteering
The Game Gym: A team led by former Olympic hopeful, Charlotte Roach, turning exercise from Labour to Love through radical team games.
Land Wiki: aims to use open data to provide greater transparency and better community engagement in land and neighbourhood planning
Seed of Greatness: places talented undergraduates in schools to deliver leadership and career workshops to pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds
The Icarus Project: a web-based people and careers development and fund management company.The web format allows people to send a video containing ideas, talent and personal profile relating to their career interest, with a view to generating financial backing
Money Saving Movement: helps people get more from their budgets by improving their skills and knowledge in buying goods and services
Silent Secret: aims to reduce young people’s stress and anxiety by providing a safe place to express secrets and express what’s important to them, anonymously
For more information about the Public Service Launchpad Accelerator, including the Founders’ biographies and the calendar of sessions that the Founders will attend, please see: http://publicservice.hublaunchpad.net/accelerator/activity/ and you can of course keep up to date with all our activity by following @hublaunchpad and #pslaunchpad on Twitter.