Ideas for Impact

A call for ideas using social impact investment to address a social issue in the UK.


Applications for Ideas for Impact are now closed. Thank you for all ideas submitted. We will be in touch directly with all applicants by the end of March.

Ideas for Impact is a call for ideas for how social impact investment can address a social issue in the UK, with potential for the solution to scale through a fund or similar structure.

A selection of ideas with the greatest potential to transform people's lives in the UK will each receive up to £30,000 of development funding plus in-kind support and connections.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the selected ideas.

  • How can ideas that address a social issue become an investable proposition?

    Watch our webinar with an expert panel of speakers sharing their experience of developing an idea into an investable proposition.

  • Selection Panel

    We have put together an expert selection panel with a mix of backgrounds and perspectives to review ideas and select those to receive development funding based on the factors identified in the application guidance.

    The members of the panel are:

    • Ben Smith (Esmee Fairbairn Foundation)
    • Matthew Bowcock (The Beacon Collaborative)
    • Sarah Colston (Access Foundation)
    • Liz Hayes (Connect Fund)
    • Celia Hannon (Nesta)
    • Paul Nicoll (Triodos)
    • Camilla Dolan (Eka Ventures)
    • Andrew Croft (Social Enterprise UK)
    • June O’Sullivan MBE (London Early Years Foundation)
    • Bonnie Chiu (TSIC)

Innovative investment approaches

Seeding innovation is at the core of our approach. Find out more about the innovative investment approaches we have co-developed with partners to tackle entrenched social issues.

Get in touch

If you have any questions on Ideas for Impact, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via or with one of the team directly.