We’re looking for another 20 outstanding social entrepreneurs who are committed to scaling up their social impact. The programme supports ambitious, ‘high potential’ social entrepreneurs to raise investment and rapidly grow their ventures by building a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting the entrepreneur during the journey. We are calling for […]

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Speaking in tongues: social investment’s big language problem

In this guest post, Big Venture Challenge lead David Bartram explains why he thinks language is the biggest obstacle when it comes to getting social investment. Social investment is growing. The amount of investment offered by social investors, with the explicit primary intention of generating social returns, is currently sized at just over £200m, while 89% of […]

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Goodwill Solutions: Big Venture Challenge Winner Creating Employment

New types of social businesses need the right financing options. There is investment available to social ventures and the range of options is increasing almost weekly; social impact bonds, local impact funds, crowdfunding and others. There are two key headaches for both social ventures and investors; developing the venture such that it is investable and […]

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Big Venture Challenge entrepreneurs hit £5 million investment target

Big Venture Challenge entrepreneurs who are tackling some of the UK’s toughest social challenges have attracted £5 million of investment 16 months ahead of schedule. One of those to benefit is Alice Lacey, an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of now>press>play. Her venture provides primary schools with an affordable learning resource that brings the curriculum […]

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What happens to social ventures over the year that they take part in Big Venture Challenge?

Click on the images below to learn more about Buddy, their impact, and how Big Venture Challenge helped them to achieve their goals.

Buddy impact case study 1

Buddy impact case study 2

You can also see the full case study here: Buddy_CaseStudy