Total capital committed by Big Society Capital
Number of startups our capital has supported
Number of people those startups have reached
Technology startups have the potential to catalyse change and social impact by delivering products and services that meet people’s needs better. Their business models can allow them to scale rapidly and reach more people more effectively. It can be transformative in the right context, with the right intent, and with a business model aligned to impact.
However, the financing available to tech startups could do more to support or encourage them to focus on positive social impact.
We have invested in venture capital fund managers who bring the right values and skills to find and back a diverse set of impact startups. We complement these investments through a range of support, including building networks and impact know-how in the venture sector. Together, we want to build:
- A diverse, numerous, and effective group of impact startups contributing to solutions across a broad range of issues
- A group of high-calibre fund managers with a range of approaches by investment stage and strategy
- A broad range of investors with increasing amounts of impact-driven capital
- Rigorous and proportionate impact practices that drive value right across the system
Tech-enabled insurance provider on a mission to transform the UK home insurance market.
DrDoctor is a digital platform that helps hospitals communicate more effectively with their patients.
Hometouch provides transformative live-in care for elderly people and those living with dementia.
Second Nature tackles chronic health conditions by helping people lose weight and live healthier lives.
Credit Kudos is a credit referencing agency helping people access responsible finance they can afford, when they need it.
Togetherall is a digital service for people with a variety of mental health and wellbeing issues - from anxiety, depression, stress and trauma, to relationship problems and lifestyle challenges.
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The team at Big Society Capital are extremely thoughtful in their approach to impact and their depth of knowledge and collaborative outlook has been instrumental as we have launched Eka over the last two years.
Jon CokerFounding Partner, Eka Ventures
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From the fund’s inception, the Big Society Capital team struck the perfect balance between holding us accountable to our impact framework and being a fantastic fund champion. They have been particularly supportive in helping us think about fundraising strategies, whilst building a sound impact thesis.
Emma SteeleInvestment Director, Ascension Ventures
With more and more VCs looking to establish impact best practices, we share what we think good looks like using one of our managers, Ascension Ventures who run the Fair by Design Fund (FBD), as an example.
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Purpose-led startups are tackling hard problems and improving lives. But what do we mean by purpose-led startups, do they make strong financial returns, and how can we capitalise on this momentum to tackle social issues?
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