The question is why NOT apply if you run an early stage social business in England.
You have the potential to gain £50K investment and a lot more for your business. When we say more we mean it. If you are successful in your application to the CSV 2015 prorgamme you will be matched with mentors from the following pool of corporate and support partners: Barclays, Experian, First Ark, Fusion 21 and Places for People. Alongside this we have access to sector experts who can provide guidance specific to your business requirements.
You will work with your mentors and Big Issue Invest CSV and learn how to fine tune your business plan, finance model and social impact measurement technique. There will also be various group workshops throughout the mentoring period.
You will have access to commercial contacts through via the networks of our partners. You will also have access to numerous social business contacts through your fellow CSV participants and ourselves here at Big Issue Invest.
You will have access to pro bono legal support from Ashurst LLP.
You will encounter the exciting challenge of pitching to an investment committee. Your mentors, Big Issue Invest and your fellow CSV alumni will be there to support you every step of the way.
Interested? Just follow the instructions below to submit your online application form and brief video pitch. We look forward to hearing from you.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CSV 2015 IS OPEN TO SOCIAL BUSINESSES OPERATING IN ENGLAND ONLY.
FURTHER DETAIL REGARDING; ELIGIBILITY, PROGRAMME TIMELINES AND INVESTMENT TERMS IS OUTLINED IN THE PROGRAMME OVERVIEW. PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION. THERE IS ALSO MORE DETAILED INFORMATION IN THE ‘FAQ’ SECTION AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.