Tech for Better. Where good ideas grow.

We teach social entrepreneurs, charities, and early start-ups how to plan and manage the process of building a digital product. So they can improve lives — one web app at a time.

How it works

We’re not like traditional (expensive) accelerator or incubator programmes.

Tech for Better doesn’t cost a thing.

And you don’t have to be a coder. All you need is a good idea. Learn how to be an effective Product Manager through hands-on experience with web developers.

The programme is split into two parts:

  1. Product Management Training

    9-week programme, ~2 hours each week

    Work with developers to understand how to become an effective product owner and manage a digital product.

    • Learn how to pitch your product
    • Conduct and analyse user research
    • Define the scope of your digital product
    • Learn to manage the web app building process
    • Practise sprint planning, backlog prioritisation, and sprint review

    By the end of the programme, you'll be prepared to work with a product development team to build your digital product.

  2. Design, Build, and Test

    3-week programme, ~3-4 hours each week

    We select a few projects from each Product Management Training programme to build into a web app.

    • Partner with our software developer apprentices
    • Put your product management training to work
    • Design and test a clickable prototype with our product team
    • Practise being a product owner as our developers code a working Minimum Viable Product

    At the end of the programme, you'll present your product to local leaders in the social tech sector and alumni from Founders and Coders at the Tech for Better showcase.

Next intakes

* Completing the Product Management Training programme does not guarantee that you will be selected for the Design, Test, Build programme.

Who can join Tech for Better?

We have limited spaces in Tech for Better and, unfortunately, can't accept everyone who applies. Here's what we look for in partners:

Hear from tech for better product owners

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Paula Akpan
This experience has been genuinely life-changing. I came into the process with a bundle of ideas that I didn't know how to take to the next level with my limited tech knowledge and I've come out of it with a heap of knowledge, an excellent prototype, and some lovely new friends. Can't recommend enough!
Digital Life Skills Company
Shelley Metcalfe
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Tech for Better. The development team was a pleasure to work with and managed to build a great website in a remarkably short time. We also learnt about the product development process and now have a Minimum Viable Product that we can continue to develop further.
InCommon
Laura Macartney
The programme has been so useful for InCommon. I've learned so much as a Product Owner about how to develop a product, work with a team of developers, and understand the language that's used in the process. The programme also gave us an incredibly valuable product that we can use and continue building.
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