Saorsa – Building a global anti-slavery data platform

Saorsa 2030 is a Scottish social enterprise founded in 2019 to develop an intelligent aggregated data platform enabling anti-slavery organizations to collaboratively fight modern slavery and unethical supply chains worldwide.


With over 100 fragmented organisations tackling modern slavery globally, Saorsa aims to create the largest centralized anti-slavery data platform to facilitate coordinated information sharing and actions. ISEO provided pivotal strategic support across research, planning, partnerships and securing an initial £50k of funding to develop this ambitious solution.

The Problem: 

As a startup, Saorsa has faced key technical and funding challenges:

  • The technical challenges in developing a global aggregated data platform at scale are significant, e.g. securing data owner buy-in, integrating disparate data systems, ensuring data accuracy/validity.
  • Developing an aggregated platform requires navigating complex data sharing across organizations and geographies while ensuring security, privacy and managing large volumes.
  • Significant investment is needed for the platform build, estimated initially at £2.5-3 million.
  • As a new entity, Saorsa lacks visibility with funders and the track record to secure large-scale financing.

Without ISEO’s specialised networks and guidance, these hurdles could have prevented Saorsa from even getting off the ground.

The Solution:  

ISEO has, and continues to, provide end-to-end strategic guidance and hands-on support to help Saorsa methodically tackle these barriers:

  • Conducted market validation research to refine Saorsa’s value proposition.
  • Identified the right software development partner to define the system requirements for a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) build.
  • Assisted Saorsa’s leadership team with multi-year business planning, financial modelling and investor collateral.
  • Developed a 12-month tailored funder engagement and outreach strategy.

This has enabled Saorsa to initiate development, contracting Pulsion Technology to lead discovery workshops, gather requirements, prototype an MVP, detail the roadmap leveraging Azure and React, and provide agile development support.

The Outcome:

With ISEO’s assistance, Saorsa continues to move forwards in its aim to develop the world’s largest aggregated data platform to address anti-slavery in supply chains. Saorsa continued to work with ISEO as we now look to secure the investment funding required to commence the development process.

Saorsa recognises that with the support of ISEO, progress has been made that would not otherwise have been possible. This social partnership offers a model for how strategic guidance can turn ambitious ideas into global impact.


“From day one, the ISEO has provided consistently high-quality support to get us to where we are today. Quite simply, without this support we would not have made this progress. We look forward to continuing our relationship with ISEO as we look to enable a step-change in the fight against Modern Slavery”

David Capperauld, Saorsa 2030 Director

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