ShareLab Scotland aims to find and support viable projects that demonstrate how collaborative digital platforms can be used to create positive social impact in innovative, scalable ways. As part of the fund, Nesta will support the Scottish Government in putting into practice the recommendations of the Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy, as published in their report in January 2018.
ShareLab Scotland builds on Nesta's previous work on researching and funding startup ideas that draw on the collaborative economy to create social benefits for all.
We also have a long tradition of supporting collaborative activities to inspire innovation. For example the Innovation in Giving Fund and the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund (in partnership with the Cabinet Office) have supported organisations that bring together groups in collaborative ways to address social challenges and help their communities thrive.
Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Nesta, grants of £15,000 - £33,000 are available for organisations delivering benefit to communities within Scotland.
The Scottish Expert Advisory Panel on the Collaborative Economy was set up in April 2017 to provide advice, expertise and to make recommendations to Scottish Ministers on how Scotland can position itself to take advantage of the opportunities of the collaborative economy.
Chaired by Helen Goulden, Chief Executive of the Young Foundation and formerly Executive Director of Nesta's Innovation Lab; the panel delivered its findings early in 2018.
The need for the Scottish Government to seize the opportunity to shape – or else be shaped by – digital, collaborative platforms was a key message delivered by the panel. This means creating the right environment for innovation; to develop and support new platforms that meet currently unmet needs within Scotland, with the aim of delivering more than just economic value but actively shaping the collaborative economy in new sectors and industries to the benefit of the people of Scotland. The ShareLab Scotland fund will support this to be delivered.
ShareLab Scotland will support and fund ideas that use collaborative digital platforms and innovative business models to create real social benefit for people living in Scotland. Briefing workshops have been held to advise potential applicants what we will be looking for.
Please note: the last of these briefing workshops have been held now. For further information, please email us at [email protected]. You can also view slides from our webinar presentation online.
Once you have read all the documentation below, submit an expression of interest by 11am on Thursday 23 August 2018.