Here East, London’s technology and innovation campus, has today announced its second cohort of East London Innovators.

The campaign identifies individuals and organisations who are working to make a tangible, positive difference within the East London community.

The initiative showcases the innovative work being done throughout the East London boroughs. The innovators include founders of cutting-edge tech and science applications which are disrupting industries, as well as leaders of non-profit social initiatives, and cultural and education projects – all working to meaningfully tackle and provide solutions to real-world problems.

Amongst the second cohort of innovators are Alex Stephany, Founder and CEO of Beam, a multi-award winning platform which allows people to crowdfund homeless people’s employment training, Ashwini Deshpande, Founder of Art-Z, a software using artificial intelligence to reduce the amount of fabric wastage in the fashion industry and Matt Pierri, Founder and CEO of SociaAbility, a mobile app which enables users to find and contribute accessibility information for local venues and hotspots.

Here East, established by Delancey launched East London Innovators in 2019. This network continues to grow through the announcement of further cohorts and is testament to the wealth of talent and innovation to be found in East London.

Here East is currently home to over 4,000 start-ups, scientists, artists, businesses, students, academics and global businesses working and studying across the campus.

As a catalyst for growth, the campus has created a community that inspires collaboration and innovation for London’s most impactful businesses, technologies and sectors. Plexal is the innovation centre at the heart of Here East, creating a community of start-ups and entrepreneurs producing ideas and businesses that address the biggest challenges facing corporates, government and society.

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, said: “At Here East, we have carefully curated an ecosystem of individuals and businesses who are committed to cross-sector collaboration and developing innovative ideas utilising different mediums . These are values we witness every day as being embodied throughout the East London community – and the overwhelming response to support one another in the face of Covid-19 has brought this into sharp focus.

“The unveiling of the second cohort of East London Innovators strongly demonstrates this, and I am delighted to see this impactful network further expanding, showcasing incredible levels of talent and dedication to making a positive difference within our community.”