The Corporate Social Venturing Challenge is an innovative partnership between Big Issue Invest and a number of corporate and creative partners, that will take your social business, enterprise or charity to the next level through access to unique funding, networks and partnerships. For early stage social businesses working in health, education, wellbeing, homelessness or the creative industries, the CSV Challenge will give you the chance to gain up to £50,000 investment through our collaborative competition style programme we’re calling ‘Caterpillars’ Cocoon’.
The Challenge is flexible and tailored, pulling in networks and contacts that are closely aligned with the social business, as well as legal support and business planning that will propel them forward. Investees will have access to markets, contracts and future funding as well potential bid and delivery partners.
The Challenge brings together investors, mentors and partners including Barclays, Experian, First Ark, Fusion21, Northampton University, and Places for People.
This round of the CSV Challenge opens on 7 April and closes on 19 May 2014.
The next round will open in Oct 2014.
Why the CSV Challenge is needed?
There are many passionate and innovative social organisations in England, which are delivering financially sustainable businesses and real impact, locally or nationally, but there is a gap in provision for them in obtaining both the commercial and investment support to take them to the next level.
The CSV Challenge allows social businesses access to high calibre support, networks and investment often out of reach, allowing them then to access more established social investment funds, and even ongoing support from Big Issue Invest and the corporate partners. We accept all legal structures, give flexible support and long-term relationships, England wide.
Download a PDF factsheet about the Challenge.