Inclusion @ Plexal

We believe that innovation should benefit everyone, and that we end up having better products, policies and services when everyone is included in their design.

That’s why Plexal’s on a mission to support user-centric, genuinely inclusive innovation.

Our approach is to understand the challenge, bring the right people together and create real change – quickly.

Sitting in the heart of London’s most inclusive business zone in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we’re working with industry, academics, policymakers, innovators and experts by experience. Large-scale change takes a village – so it’s a good thing we’ve got one.


Access all areas: the assistive tech opportunity

There are 13.9m people with disabilities in the UK but assistive technology is still not reaching enough people, while industry hasn’t fully woken up to innovation opportunity in front of them.

That’s why we intend to turbocharge disability-led innovation in the UK.

We believe that by including diverse experiences and innovating around specific user challenges, you end up with better solutions for everyone.

So we’ve partnered with University College London, The Global Disability Innovation Hub, Disability Rights UK and many more to launch an inclusive enterprise zone in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

We’re optimising Plexal’s workspace to meet the needs of people with a range of accessibility challenges, and we’re working with both industry and disabled people to stimulate the growth of the assistive tech sector.

Our goal? To develop and scale disability-led innovations that benefit everyone.

Download the SIU report

We asked the public what they thought about the state of social inclusion in the UK – and who they think’s responsible for improving things. Download our report, which contains a foreword from mayor of London Sadiq Khan, to find out what they told us.

What we do

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Through our workspace and events, we’re uniting a community of innovators who are typically under-represented in the tech sector. These experts by experience help us craft solutions that are genuinely user-centric.

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The Social Inclusion Unit’s our research arm aimed at producing actionable insights that can make society and business more inclusive. We also work closely with partners like Disability Rights UK to deeply understand what people want before involving them in creating it.

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OpenDoor accelerator

We’re helping social entrepreneurs get their idea off the ground, find a route to market and scale.

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Industry challenges

If you’ve got an inclusion challenge, we’ll design a bespoke project or programme and ensure the solution is user-centric.

OpenDoor: our social inclusion accelerator

When it comes to levelling the playing field, we’re looking to the innovation community.

So in 2019, we delivered an accelerator aimed at supporting solutions that could help people from under-represented groups to start a business, find work or succeed in their career.

Get involved. Join our inclusion community.

Through our events and workspace, we’re creating a diverse community of innovators here at Plexal – entrepreneurs who are typically under-represented in the tech sector. Get in touch to learn more about becoming a member, or how you can work with our innovation team on an inclusion challenge.

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