Venture capital

We want to build a venture ecosystem that effectively nurtures and scales innovative ways of tackling social problems. ​

BGV's

Key stats

  • £56m

    Total capital committed by Big Society Capital

  • 125

    Number of startups our capital has supported

  • 12m

    Number of people those startups have reached

  • The challenge

    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.

  • The approach

    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

Impactful startups in our portfolio

Across our investments, there are approximately 125 live startups. These cover a range of business models and sectors, with a concentration in health, education/training and financial inclusion.

  • Urban Jungle

    Urban Jungle

    Tech-enabled insurance provider on a mission to transform the UK home insurance market.

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  • DrDoctor

    DrDoctor

    DrDoctor is a digital platform that helps hospitals communicate more effectively with their patients.

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    Hometouch

    Hometouch provides transformative live-in care for elderly people and those living with dementia.

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    Second Nature

    Second Nature tackles chronic health conditions by helping people lose weight and live healthier lives.

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    Credit Kudos

    Credit Kudos is a credit referencing agency helping people access responsible finance they can afford, when they need it.

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    Togetherall

    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.

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    Jon Coker

    Founding 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.

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    Emma Steele

    Investment Director, Ascension Ventures

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The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA)

We are a member of the BVCA and our Senior Director, Evita Zanuso, is on the Impact Investment Advisory Group. The BVCA represents over 750 influential firms, including more than 325 private equity and venture capital houses with a total of over £500 billion funds under management, alongside institutional investors, professional advisers, banks and other institutions and businesses operating in the industry.

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Whether you’re an established VC with an interest in impact or an impact-dedicated VC pioneering innovative models, we want to hear from you.