Thirteen companies which are helping the UK’s healthcare, manufacturing and resource sectors recover from the impact of COVID-19 have been chosen to join Microsoft’s AI for Social Impact 2021 programme
As part of the programme, which is managed in partnership with Social Tech Trust, Microsoft will work with the start-ups to develop Artificial Intelligence solutions that can be used by organisations to improve people’s lives and the world around us.
C the Signs, for example, is a digital platform that uses AI to identify patients at risk of cancer at a much earlier stage. Fabriq is a software platform designed to making buildings more sustainable. SafetyNet Technologies has created a device that converts fishing boats into scientific vessels, allowing fishers to have a deeper understanding of the oceans, help reduce wastage in the seafood industry and assist climate modelling.
Nadia Laabs, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Office at SafetyNet Technologies, said: “The team is delighted to be part of this year Microsoft AI for Social Impact cohort. Joining the programme will help us combine our social and environmental purpose with new data-led solutions to increase understanding of our oceans.”
The other companies joining Microsoft’s cohort are:
- CanSense – accurate, rapid, non-invasive, blood diagnostic for the early detection of cancer
- CarelQ – chronic disease management platform to help clinicians and patients collaborate
- e-Surgery – API that enables third parties to offer private prescription medication on their website
- FollowApp Care – bringing dentists and patients together through personalised digital care journeys
- iLoF – using AI and photonics to build a cloud-based library of diseases biomarkers and biological profiles
- Medicspot – Improving remote consultations and making healthcare accessible in every community
- MediShout – helping hospitals become digitally smarter
- Neuer Energy – simplifies net zero planning, procurement and transparency
- Podium Analytics – digital platform that aims to transform the relationship young sports players – and their parents, teachers, coaches and schools – have with injury
- The Data Analysis Bureau – using machine learning solutions to help organisations have impact
The four-month programme offers support on business development, including commercial strategy and raising funds; the fundamentals of AI, including ethical principles, and social impact, including user engagement and managing impact. The start-ups will also receive Azure credits and access to workshops, 1:1 coaching and events to help them grow. They will also receive on-going support after they leave the programme in June.