Mayor’s Resilience Fund

Helping London bounce forward

In partnership with the Mayor of London.

The Resilience Fund is the Mayor of London’s £1 million challenge fund to incentivise innovators to address socially impactful issues facing London, help us emerge stronger from COVID-19 and ensure the capital is prepared for future disruptive challenges. 

The Fund calls on innovators – tech SMEs, engineers, social enterprises and others – to develop solutions to some of London’s key challenges. Each challenge is sponsored by a Resilience Partner, including local authorities, public agencies, business improvement districts and charities, who will work with the innovator to test and implement their technologies and ideas. 

Open call to innovators

Entries to the Mayor’s Resilience Fund are now open! Apply by 1 April 2021.

Innovators: Whether you are an early-stage or fully funded start-up, an engineer, a social enterprise, or a team with a great idea, we want to hear from you and how you would solve one of the challenges identified by the Resilience Partners and the Mayor of London – topics include health and wellbeing, food insecurity, air quality and more.

Why apply?

  • Route to market: Connect with potential customers, investors and partners and work with Londoners to refine your product offering
  • Validate solutions: Test and validate your solutions directly with market leaders and get the opportunity to secure up to £50,000
  • Business support: Access the knowledge, expertise and insights of our partner networks, and attend a programme of expert advice and training
  • Raised profile: Increase your brand awareness and profile by taking part in Mayor’s Resilience Fund

How it works

  • Working in partnership with Nesta Challenges, the Mayor of London has selected 10 Resilience Partners – a mix of local authorities, public agencies, business improvement districts and charities – who have defined a range of challenges that reflect key issues facing London, which, if solved, can help make the capital a stronger, more robust place to live and work.
  • Entry stage: From 22 February to 1 April 2021, we are calling for innovators to submit proposals to solve the challenges identified by the Resilience Partners.
  • Delivery Phase 1: In May, up to 40 finalists will be selected from the entries (up to 4 per challenge) and awarded £10k each to develop their solutions over approximately 5 weeks. Resilience Partners will support innovators by leveraging their expertise and relationships with the local community, access to data, access to pilot sites and more. A programme of expert advice and training facilitated access to customers will be available to support innovators in developing their solutions; topics will include service design, user-centred design, pitching support and more. 
  • Delivery Phase 2: In June, 10 winners (one per challenge) will be selected to implement their ideas and awarded up to £40k each to further develop their solutions between June – September 2021.

We are looking for innovative solutions that can address one of the challenges set by our Resilience Partners, which you can read more about below:

The Mayor and the Ealing High Streets Taskforce are looking for innovators to develop solutions that utilise data to diversify and activate vacant properties on high streets and support London’s recovery from COVID-19.

Challenge statement:

Create a solution that will aggregate multiple data sources related to vacant units in high streets, analysing and presenting this data to enable the activation of vacant units on high streets and supporting meanwhile use activity.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and Hackney Wick and Fish Island are looking for innovators to create solutions that will help local businesses to access and occupy affordable new space.

Challenge statement:

Create a financially sustainable fit-out solution for empty commercial and community space in new developments, to enable local businesses and community organisations to easily and affordably occupy new space.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and Lambeth Council are looking for innovators to develop a solution that utilises data to help reduce the exposure to air pollution by vulnerable residents.

Challenge statement:

Create a digital tool that models and visualises air quality data and health impacts from air pollution control measures to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable residents.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and Thrive LDN are looking for innovators to develop solutions to improve bereavement support services for underrepresented communities.

Challenge statement:

Develop a highly accessible and culturally competent tool that enables more personalised bereavement guidance and support for Londoners from minority ethnic groups bereaved by or during COVID-19, and reflects local minority ethnic community history and culture.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London is looking for innovators to develop solutions that leverage health and travel data to help increase confidence and enable a safe re-opening of London’s economy.

Challenge statement:

Create a digital tool that sources and integrates health and travel data with up-to-date guidance and advice to help Londoners make informed decisions and personal risk assessments in relation to COVID-19.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and the Living Wage Foundation are looking for innovators to develop solutions that utilise data and technology to help enable better pay and better work for gig economy workers.

Challenge statement:

Create a digital service for gig economy workers that analyses and translates expenditure and remuneration data to provide insights that help gig workers understand their take-home pay and if they are paid the London Living Wage.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and Groundwork are looking for innovators to develop solutions that help tackle food insecurity and increase food resilience in local communities.

Challenge statement:

Create a digital platform that effectively manages the flow of food in Barnet, maximizes referrals (need) and supply (excess food/donations), and creates predictable patterns for and with local actors to more efficiently provide food to people who need it.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and Hackney Council are looking for innovators to develop solutions that will tap the entrepreneurial spirit of London’s market traders and increase the resilience and diversity of London’s markets.

Challenge statement:

Create a scalable, transferrable, digital solution that creates a single gateway for trader licensing applications and that allows traders to access trading opportunities across London’s public markets by making it easier to register across multiple sites and boroughs.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and the Royal Docks Team are looking for innovators to develop solutions that will use the water area for renewable energy production

Challenge statement:

Develop a proof of concept for renewable energy production utilising the Royal Docks water area, leading to a transferable, scalable and commercially viable prototype for the generation of renewable energy that is usable by local customers, such as businesses, landlords, developers, residents and other projects.

Find out more about the Challenge

The Mayor of London and Better Bankside BID are looking for innovators to develop solutions that help organisations make freight journeys smarter and greener.

Challenge statement:

Create a tool which helps organisations reduce the number of air polluting journeys their vehicle fleets make whilst transporting goods in urban areas. The tool should enable organisations to easily input their data, and suggest efficiency improvements tailored to them based on this.

Find out more about the Challenge

Webinar sessions

Interested in hearing more?  Have questions about the challenges?

Register to attend a webinar if you’d like to hear more from the Resilience Partners about their challenge and ask them questions.

The webinars are free and open to anyone that registers.

Click to see which Challenges will be discussed in each session

The below Challenges will be discussed in this webinar:

  • Activating High Streets Challenge
  • Affordable Workspace Challenge
  • Public Markets Challenge
  • Gig Economy Challenge

REGISTER HERE

The below Challenges will be discussed in this webinar:

  • Smart Mobility Challenge
  • Air Quality Challenge
  • Renewable Energy Challenge

REGISTER HERE

The below Challenges will be discussed in this webinar:

  • Bereavement Services Challenge
  • COVID-Safe Travel Challenge
  • Local Food Challenge

REGISTER HERE

Entries to the challenges will be open from 23 February 2021 to noon (12pm GMT) 01 April 2021. 

Please note, applications are being accepted through the Greater London Authority Open Project System (OPS). You can take a look at the pdf version of the application form here, however only entries made online will be accepted.

Please read this technical guidance  document for how to register and apply through GLA-OPS. 

If you have any queries, please get in touch at innovation@london.gov.uk

 

Make sure you have read through the appropriate challenge page, our FAQs, criteria , the funding terms and conditions and privacy policy before you make an entry. 

Programme Timeline

23 Feb-1 Apr

Open call for innovators & webinars with resilience partners

We are looking for innovative solutions that can address one of the challenges set by our Resilience Partners.

Apr 2021

Assessment & Selection (first round of assessment)

Up to four  innovators will be selected for each of the 10 challenges – up to 40 innovators in total – and will each receive up to £10k at this stage.

May-June 2021

Delivery Phase 1

Innovators work with Resilience Partners and other support partners to refine and test solutions.

June 2021

Assessment & Selection (second round of assessment)

Ten winning teams, one innovator per challenge, will be selected to receive up to £40k each to implement their projects in the real world.

June-Sept 2021

Delivery Phase 2

Winning innovators implement solutions with Resilience Partners.

Further information (click to learn more)

Explore