28 Apr 2021

The Prison Leavers Innovation Challenge

The Ministry of Justice is calling on all innovators who can support people leaving prison in four key theme areas to apply for Government funding of up to £350,000 to develop and test their solutions.

The Prison Leavers Project aims to develop innovative new solutions to break the cycle of reoffending. The project has three distinct strands: national, cross-sector teams testing new ways to address the issues that can drive reoffending; a grant fund for local leaders and agencies to test shared approaches to reduce re-offending causing crime locally, and the Innovation Challenge.

This challenge aims to harness innovation from the tech sector to develop new technological solutions to the support available for people leaving prison, reducing the harms associated with crime.

Challenge statements

We use challenge statements to communicate the problems we are asking the market to solve. We frame each problem as an open question or statement in order to attract innovators and a wide range of solutions.

In May, we will release a set of challenge statements that will broadly address four core theme areas, which evidence suggests are key to reducing the risk of reoffending:

  1. Community & Relationships
  2. Health & Wellbeing
  3. Work & Skills
  4. Day of Release

Programme phases

The Prison Leavers Innovation Challenge will be run as a two-phased Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition.

Phase 1:

Up to 10 selected companies will receive Government funding of up to £25,000 to prototype their solution, culminating in a closed pitch day.

Phase 2:

Up to 4 selected companies will receive Government funding of up to £350,000, as well as mentorship support, to develop their solution and design a Pilot. Once set up, companies will run their pilots in ‘steady state’ for 1 year.

The specific requirements and more details on the contractual specifications will be available in May. Companies will be asked to submit an expression of interest form and to attend an interview.

Sign up for updates

Sign up to receive updates on the Prison Leavers Innovation Challenge. This form is managed by our delivery partner PUBLIC. Any information collected is used only to update you on the process of the programme and will not be shared or stored by unrelated third parties.

Georgina Henley

Georgina Henley

Programme Manager, Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Georgie joined techUK as the Justice and Emergency Services Programme Manager in March 2020.

Georgie is dedicated to representing suppliers by creating a voice for those who are selling into blue lights and the justice system, but also by helping them in navigating this market. Georgie is committed to creating a platform for collaboration, from engaging with industry and stakeholders to understand the latest innovations, to the role tech can play in responding to a range of issues our justice and emergency services are facing 

Prior to joining techUK, Georgie managed a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in Westminster. She worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and London borough councils to prevent and reduce the impact of crime on the business community. Her work ranged from the impact of low-level street crime and anti-social behaviour on the borough, to critical incidents and violent crime.

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