In the Summer of 2021, Briony Phillips, Scaleup Lead at Rocketmakers, noticed a sudden flurry of people investigating the key players in Tech for Good in Bristol and Bath.

People were interested in the support ecosystem, and in the businesses working towards NetZero, Zero Carbon, Tech for Good, Green Tech. So, that prompted an action research project.

Briony reached out to local networks and undertook some of her own exploration to put together a list of the support organisations and actors in the local Tech for Good scene.

The outcome is a comprehensive data resource detailing the Tech for Good organisations working in Bristol & Bath today. We’ll be showcasing the top Tech for Good organisations from each categorisation on TechSPARK, in the run-up to the launch of a dedicated website and open dataset coming soon!

To get you ready for our Tech for Food Power Lunch tomorrow, we’re teasing your tastebuds with 6 organisations making the world a better place through food, glorious food.

Good Sixty

Good Sixty is a unique marketplace for high quality independent food retailers and producers. Their aim is to make discovering the very best produce from independent, artisan producers around the country simpler than ever. Every pound you spend with a local & independent store or producer has a 60% greater benefit to your local community, than spending it with a large supermarket.

KnoWaste

KnoWaste is a data-driven food management system for closed catering canteens. Their two pronged service reduces food waste by up to 50%, cutting total food costs by at least 6%, all whilst improving diner experience. This app-based service combines a pre-order system, waste visualisation, gamification and incentivisation to reduce the amount of food wasted by catering teams while educating customers on their food waste habits and encouraging long-term behaviour change. Learn more about their conception and journey here.

LEAFE

LEAFE seeks to help hospitality teams save thousands of pounds a year and countless staffing hours by making kitchen paperwork intuitive, digital and effortless. They are building the first software system and app that allows any food business to take and track hygiene and sustainability records digitally, without any of the fuss of pen and paper – find out more about their journey here.

Nom

Nom is a refill shop committed to providing the East Bristol & South Glos. community with the highest quality natural food, sourced ethically, with minimum impact to the environment.

Purn House Farm

Purn House Farm specialises in the processing of fruit pomace. Processing a multitude of fruit pomaces through our specialised dryers and cleaners every year; they are proud to offer innovative solutions to fruit pressing waste. Their focus is on valorising previously wasted fruit pomace, maintaining its essential place in the food chain and keeping it out of the waste bin.

Wriggle

Wriggle is an award-winning platform that helps people discover and transact at handpicked local independent food, drinks and events. They make consciously crafted hampers, featuring contemporary food and drink from exceptional producers. Packed with care in 100% recyclable packaging and wrapped in bespoke sleeves, their unique range of hampers make for unforgettable gifts.

What is Tech for Good? For this project, we identify ‘Tech for Good’ as a community of people, projects, and organisations utilising technology to improve social, environmental and economic outcomes and doing so in a way that is collaborative and user-led.

There is a long-standing network of support for Tech for Good in the South West who are running a series of events in October, find out more about them and join their community here. If you want to know more about this data and dive into Tech for Good, join us on Oct 15th when Rocketmakers and TechSPARK will launch a dataset and microsite at our Tech for Good Bristol + Bath, Power up Lunch – find out more and sign up here!

This article and the Tech for Good Bristol & Bath dataset and event is a collaboration between TechSPARK and Rocketmakers. TechSPARK is a not-for-profit community whose mission is to strengthen the tech ecosystem in Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire. We engage over 35,000 a month through events, community management, news and our growth programmes.

Rocketmakers is a Bath-based software development agency on a mission to have a direct, positive and meaningful impact on the lives of more than 50 million people through the software they build and the support they provide.