Innovators, commissioners of public services and social investors can often struggle to connect with one another. We make this kind of exchange simple. We bring people together from different places, sectors and backgrounds to find innovative solutions to social challenges. We help them to collaborate and help their projects to develop and grow. For innovators, we provide support to access investment and new businesses opportunities. For social investors and commissioners of public services, we search out high-potential innovation projects that can solve their toughest challenges.

Through Innovation Exchange we have helped social ventures to access new support, investment and business opportunities and helped commissioners of public services to find new partners and solutions.

Commissioners of public services and social investors often lack the time and the freedom to engage with innovative solutions to their toughest challenges. We help them by identifying the very best innovation projects in their field, through rigorous search and investigation and connecting them with innovators, through bespoke introductions and through our highly-successful Festivals of Ideas. In this way, we use our knowledge and networks to make it quick, easy and safe for investors and commissioners to engage with innovation.

At the same time, for busy innovators we are able to convene events and partnerships that might take them many months to realise. This enables them to benefit from significant development opportunities and to connect with potential partners in a safe space. Already this work has led to new contracts and investments for high-potential projects and helped commissioners and investors to find the perfect partner.

Watch a video about our Festival of Ideas events where we bring these people together.

Innovation Exchange - A FESTIVAL OF IDEAS from Innovation Unit on Vimeo.