The Accelerator Programme – plans for which were announced in March this year – will support the island to fully utilise technology to support economic, environmental, and social issues, for example responding to the climate crisis.
It will ultimately be focused on delivering value and growth opportunities for Jersey’s businesses and the wider economy, and will be designed to contribute to the upskilling, and improved health and wellbeing of islanders.
Challenge Works, a not-for-profit social enterprise formerly known as Nesta Challenges, was appointed following a competitive procurement process. Founded in 2012, it is an established global leader in the design and delivery of high-impact programmes that incentivise innovation for social good. It partners with organisations, charities, and governments around the globe to unearth the innovations that can solve some of the greatest challenges of our time.
Digital Jersey and Challenge Works will work closely with members of the Jersey community, Government and Scrutiny to design the £20 million, government-funded programme, ensuring it is built around the unique needs of the island’s businesses and residents.
During the design phase, particular attention will be paid to ensuring the £20 million of government funds are distributed transparently and appropriately, and in a way that will maximise the benefit to Jersey’s economy.