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Web Science Institute

Z21 Innovation Fund


Z21 is an initiative founded by the Web Science Institute that is proposed to drive innovation into the real world. Its maiden project is a collaboration between the WSI and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The mission of the Fund is to accelerate University of Southampton Web startups towards investment and rapid growth and create high-tech jobs in the Solent region.

Funding Information

Gain initial funding to develop your idea and benefit from £150,000 worth of support to accelerate your digital innovation.

Contact Us

If you would like further information about Z21, please contact Susan Davies, Z21 Coordination Manager, at

Funded projects

Learn more about some of the projects we have funded.

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Boon is a Web-based AI assistant that helps struggling gift buyers find inspiring products from across all their favourite stores.

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TopoMD was created by a team of scientists and mathematicians at the University of Southampton to improve precision and accuracy of disease diagnosis.

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Intro is an app-based platform that uses ultrasonic wireless tech to radically improve the way companies engage with customers in a physical space.

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Aura Vision

Aura Vision is a video platform that measures and improves shopping experiences producing valuable insights into customer behaviour to help boost sales and marketing performance.

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Questioneer is a unique platform created to make education better, fairer and more accessible for everyone.

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An app that enables users to quickly and easily swap clothes to get new looks whilst reducing the impact on their wallet and the planet.



Neighbr is a revolutionary borrowing platform for everything.

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