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Frontier Technology Livestreaming is helping UKAid apply frontier technologies to the biggest challenges in development.

We work with Department for International Development (DFID) Advisors around the world to rapidly test whether a technology might solve a development challenge. We do this by providing:

  • (1) Seed funding to enable small-scale testing of the technology via a pilot.

We provide up to £100k of funding to each idea. This is significant enough to enable small scale implementation, but purposefully lean so that we haven’t invested too much in something that might not work.

Exiting quickly where tests haven’t met our initial beliefs has produced some of the biggest successes and strongest learning opportunities of this programme.

  • (2) Matchmaking DFID Advisors with technology entrepreneurs and innovators.

We believe that matching our DFID Advisors — with their deep expertise in development challenges — and tech/innovation experts — with their deep expertise in frontier technology — is a winning combination in ensuring problem-solution fit in situations of considerable uncertainty.

If you are a person or organisation with interesting technology and a desire to apply it for global good, join 150+ others on our database!

Lean impact is our method for systematically addressing uncertainty through rapid testing and learning. We believe that emphasising learning and changing our mind (rather than following a fixed plan) is the best way to approach frontier technology in complex environments.

Learn more about the FTL portfolio on our Medium publication.

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