Dotforge 2015/16 - RSA

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Dotforge Impact is an accelerator programme for entrepreneurs who want to change the world through digital-tech innovation

It is the culmination of a unique partnership between Dotforge - a commercial accelerator for tech-driven companies, Key Fund – the biggest regionally based social investor operating across the North of England, and the RSA.

The programme offers £20k investment, mentoring, workshops, free office space and more to early-stage startups who are creating a positive social or environmental impact. So far there has been a very exciting mix of applicants from around the world.


  • They are looking for for-profit enterprises; although they can be spin-outs from existing NFP/social enterprises.
  • Applicant company MUST be using digital technology as core part of their social impact business.
  • Applicants must have a resident Chief Technology Officer in their team.

With over £1 million in funding from the Social Incubator Fund, which is managed by the Big Lottery Fund for the Office for Civil Society, Dotforge Impact is now open to applicants for its second accelerator programme which starts in September 2015.

Dates: The programme starts on 14 September and will run for 14 weeks

Location: It's open to teams from across the globe - the programme will be based in Manchester, UK.

The deadline to apply for the next cohort is 27 July – if you want to apply please find our online form here, or contact Regional Coordinator Rachel Barker with any questions. 

Sam Tarff, CEO of Key Fund, said: 

“Key Fund has over a decade's experience creating successful Social Enterprises across the north of England, and we’re passionate about tapping into the power of technology and emerging tech entrepreneurs to use digital innovations for lasting and positive social impact.”  


Want to work for Dotforge?

The team, based in Manchester, are also looking to hire a Community Manager and a Programme Manager. 

You can find out more about both opportunities here

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