4th February 2020 AV

Emma Steele Named as “Impact Investor” Finalist in DigitalAgenda Impact Awards

We are delighted to announce that Ascension Ventures’ Investment Manager, Emma Steele, has been shortlisted for the “Impact Investor” category in the 2020 DigitalAgenda Impact Awards. The awards are a celebration of UK Tech For Good, bringing together the latest champions using digital products or services for positive social impact.

One of 36 finalists across 12 different categories, Emma is nominated alongside Adam Beaumont and Richard Brass for “the best in impact funding of all kinds, across all platforms, by an individual.” Emma is the dedicated Investment Manager for Ascension’s social impact fund, Fair By Design, a movement dedicated to reducing the Poverty Premium – the extra costs of being poor. The Fund backs businesses using technology to provide better, fairer and cheaper goods and services to low-income households in the UK across energy, credit, insurance, transport, food and other household goods.

Ascension portfolio companies, Credit Kudos and Vinehealth, were also nominated in the Financial Inclusion and Health categories, respectively. A Fair By Design investee, Credit Kudos is a challenger credit bureau that harnesses Open Banking data to measure creditworthiness in a fairer way. Vinehealth is an AI-driven platform providing support to improve the quality of life and survival of cancer patients.

The winners will be announced at the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards Summit 2020 on the 5th of March. The People’s Choice Award is also now open to the public for voting and we would greatly appreciate your show of support for Emma, Credit Kudos, and Vinehealth. The voting is simple and should only take a minute to complete – vote here.

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You may also be interested in:

Is there a business case for ethics? Emma Steele highlights the power of tech in ethical business models on NatWest’s Technically Speaking podcast. Listen in to Episode 1 at 12:30 here (Natwest Business Hub).

Can tech help reinvent the community lending sector? Featuring Fair By Design portfolio, Credit Kudos and incuto. Read more here (Pioneers Post).

Scaling Innovation in the NHS – Vinehealth CEO Dr Rayna Patel talks to Digital Health. Listen to the podcast here (Digital Health Podcast).

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