We consider all of our partners to be highly innovative. However there are some whose very mission is centred around innovation. In some cases this involves creating innovative technology; in others innovation in approach. These organisations are not unwilling to take risk, face uncertainty of outcome, and tackle social issues in an entirely new way. This appeals to Treebeard Trust as we believe that certain entrenched social, medical and environmental issues require a completely new approach. We are proud to partner with a number of organisations who are truly driving innovative solutions to achieve social and environmental change.
Atocap has created a novel technology for drug delivery, using a process called microencapsulation which was developed at UCL. Its capsules enable the controlled release of sensitive pharmaceuticals and more targeted delivery into the body. Initial trials are focused on the area of chronic urinary tract infection, but ultimately it could be used in a wide range of indications.
Brain in Hand
Brain-in-Hand (BiH) is an innovative, clinically-tested software product providing real-time support to people with autism, anxiety, mild or moderate mental illness, or recovering from brain injury. The system allows users to manage challenging situations monitor their moods, and reduce their reliance on support
Elemental is a Tech For Good company with the purpose of creating meaningful connections between people and their communities to address the root cause of health inequalities.
Elemental’s social prescribing platform makes it easier for health and social care professionals to prescribe a patient-centric non medical prescription for a suite of quality assured, locally based, lifestyle interventions, enabling a reduction in health risks and long term demands on health services.
Co-founders, Leeann Monk and Jennifer Neff, have been at the forefront of mobilising communities towards better health, education and employment for the past 15 years combined.
Q-bot installs underfloor insulation using a robotic solution that enters the building through an air-vent or other exterior entry point which is much less disruptive to the occupants than lifting floorboards inside the property.
Improving underfloor insulation gives occupants improved health, comfort, and lower heating bills, particularly for tenants living in fuel poverty. Q-bot currently has ongoing contracts or paid trials with 5 social housing providers and councils with sales leads with a number of others around the UK.
Skin Analytics has developed an image processing technology which enables the early detection of melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and kills over 50,000 people a year, but if melanomas are discovered early they are almost always treatable. Skin Analytics software can be integrated with a dermascope, camera or smart-phone to enable GPs and consumers to diagnose moles instantly and track changes regularly. It is a simple, cost effective solution to a major problem.
Social Finance IMpact Incubator
The Impact Incubator is a partnership between leading six UK philanthropic foundations and Social Finance to develop new approaches to challenging social issues in the UK.
Founded in 2014, it has designed and delivered four new responses to tackle domestic abuse, black mental health, care leavers support and refugee integration
Thrive is a social enterprise founded by mental health professionals. Thrive develops evidence-based digital interventions to prevent, detect early and manage common mental health problems. Thrive's services are accessible on mobile devices and the web. Their mission is to improve the world's mental health by using technology to make therapy more affordable, accessible and engaging.
'I calculated that over my whole career as a doctor I could help at most 16,000 people. I also realised that my patients only got to see me after very long delays. Listening to their stories I learned that many of them may have never needed to see me if the right intervention had been offered to them at the right time. It occurred to me that health services were designed to accommodate my needs rather than patients' needs. I founded Thrive to change all that and over the past few years we have already reached more than 30,000 people.’
- Dr Andres Fonseca - CEO & Co - Founder of Thrive
Winnow is a tech company making cutting edge technology to help chefs reduce food waste.
They connect commercial kitchens to the cloud allowing them to record and analyse exactly what is put in the bin. This gives chefs the information necessary to drive improvements in their production processes to cut food waste in half, saving money and reducing their environmental footprint at the same time.
Simple and intuitive, the Winnow System has been designed specifically for busy kitchens.
The Greenhouse is a ground-breaking innovation programme lead by the National Housing Federation, the trade body for England's housing associations. It brings together innovators from housing associations from every region, who will work full-time for 16-weeks to develop new products and services that tackle major social challenges including housebuilding, tackling homelessness and ensuring homes adapt as people get older and their needs change. This is the first time that social innovation has been attempted on this sector-wide scale.