Cardiff digital start-up rises to the challenge to win West Midlands Mayor’s technology competition
Welsh technology start-up Do-IT Solutions has won the chance to work alongside the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street after developing a digital tool to help tackle youth unemployment.
Based in Cardiff, DoIT was one of four winners in the UrbanChallenge awards which were organised by the West Midlands Combined Authority and Govtech venture firm PUBLIC.
The competition aims to find ways to use technology to take on key future challenges and make the West Midlands a better place to live.
More than 120 entries from start-ups in 40 cities across eight countries were received and the winners of the four challenges were announced at iCentrum yesterday (Thursday). The winners each receive a prize worth £20,000 and a three-month pilot with the WMCA.
Do-IT won the youth unemployment challenge which asked start-ups to find innovative ways to help young people understand local job, training and entrepreneurial opportunities.
CEO Professor Amanda Kirby said: “The aim is to help and support disadvantaged young people to access local jobs, training and entrepreneurship opportunities through the identification of their skills and abilities, as well as the challenges in their lives.
“Targeted support and guidance will be provided for these young people, as well as for those working alongside them as trainers, employers, youth leaders, work coaches and advisors. We are delighted to be working with organisations and the Mayor in the West Midlands on this exciting project.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Technology has such an important part to play in transforming the efficiency and quality of public services which is why I was so keen to launch this competition and challenge technology start-ups to find answers.
“I made tackling youth unemployment one of the key commitments of my Mayoralty which is why it was one of the challenges set for this competition. I am really excited by the potential for the Do-IT project in helping us to make a real difference for young people here in the West Midlands.
“Over the coming months, the WMCA will be working with them to develop the concept for the West Midlands and I look forward to reporting back on our progress.”