Game Changing Innovation of the Year

GOLD (for Transformation)

Octopus Energy: Heat Pumps: accelerating the future of heating

There is NO other energy provider in the UK doing as much as Octopus Energy to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable energy for people of all walks of life. We are showcasing replicable and scalable approaches to successfully tackle key environmental and social issues in the race to net zero. In 2021, we invested, innovated and influenced policy-makers to help the public to ditch gas for good – offering an affordable ‘no-brainer’ heat pump solution at the same cost to install AND RUN as a gas boiler, whilst training 1000 new heat pump engineers a year, doubling UK capacity.

GOLD (for Innovation)

Pivot Bio: PROVEN® 40 – A Better Nitrogen

Pivot Bio has transformed the way fertilizer is produced and used by farmers. From their environmentally sound fermentation production process to their zero-waste and zero-footprint, Pivot Bio’s microbes offer farmers a more efficient and sustainable nitrogen to fuel their crops. Our technology eliminates the need for synthetic fertilizers, the leading cause of agriculture GHGs and biodiversity loss and is the first and only microbial biofertilizer on the market. Working in partnership with the world’s farmers, Pivot Bio can significantly slow climate change while stabilizing crop yields across millions of acres of corn, wheat, oats, barley, sorghum, millet, and sunflowers.


Patron Capital: The Women in Safe Homes Fund

In December 2020, Patron launched the Women in Safe Homes fund in collaboration with social impact investment company, Resonance. The fund, believed to be the world’s first gender-lens property fund, was created as a solution to the lack of affordable, safe, and secure homes for women who are experiencing homelessness, are ex-offenders, survivors of domestic abuse or have other complex needs.


Datastake: Locally-led risk management to promote financial inclusion

Datastake is an incentivised data platform revolutionising access to information in weak-governance countries. It helps local businesses and NGOs manage their activity, while structuring their on-site knowledge to make it relevant to a broader audience. In turn, the platform provides continuous access to information to charity organisations, investors, resources buyers whose risk management, impact measurement and procurement activities are typically constrained by a lack of reliable data. By turning information into a tradable resource, Datastake rewards transparent behaviours and facilitates engagement in previously stigmatised regions.