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 entrepreneurs from all over England and looking to find at least 40% of the ventures from outside the Greater London area.

What we’ve achieved so far:

  • Big Venture Challenge has attracted over 100 new investors and social angels to the ‘investment for good’
  • We have supported over 125 social ventures to date
  • Throughout the programme we have raised over £7.5m risk capital committed as social investment, hitting our target 16 months ahead of schedule

What we have to offer:

  • Invaluable access to free legal advice and business workshops
  • Access our extensive network of investors, corporate partners and entrepreneurs facilitating the potential for endless possibilities and collaborations
  • A personal Venture Manager and Investment Manager providing excellent support throughout the year
  • Access to external investors plus the potential for a match grant from Big Venture Challenge of £20,000

Social impact is at the forefront of what we do; it’s important to know that a programme requirement is that the social impact scales in line with revenue and margin increases. This year our focus lies on entrepreneurs in the Education, Training and Skills sectors.

But don’t just take it from us here are a few words about the programme from our Award Winners:

“We wouldn’t be anywhere like what we are now if it wasn’t for Big Venture Challenge. UnLtd have given increasing amounts of help and feedback and that’s been very useful, and the BVC gave confidence to other partners to recognise us with awards.”Mohammad Al-Ubaydil, Patients Know Best

“Participating in Big Venture Challenge far exceeded my expectations. It was the launch pad for me getting all the other partnerships since then. Before BVC, we hadn’t been recognised formally by anyone. The support from the UnLtd team was invaluable. They gave me lots of confidence and support through all the ups and downs over the past three years, and they still do. I count them as friends. BVC has been a brilliant experience.”Zoe Peden, Insane Logic

“BVC has had a huge impact on the business over the last two years. The BVC process helped me to refine the business model and plan for growth over the next 3 years, they helped to build a highly experienced board that continue to support the business, secure the first round of investment plus the matched funding which has subsequently led to 100% growth in the business and social impact each year for the last two years”Ben Atkinson-Willes, Active Minds

After 3 successful years of the Big Venture Challenge program, the experienced and dedicated team have a wealth of knowledge and support to give the winning applicants as well as help raising investment. If you think you could be the next Big Venture Challenge winner, click the button below to find out more and apply.


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