Venture Partner Criteria

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We seek special qualities in the clients we work with. Read more below.

We work with any company that seeks outstanding social impact through profitable commercial activity.
  • Entrepreneur-led ventures from foundation to 5 years old.

  • Start-up ventures from the charitable, social enterprise or public sector

  • Private companies that want to build social impact into their growth plans.

How do Ventures create social impact through commercial activities?
  • They may reinvest a significant proportion of their pre-tax profit into a social purpose.

  • They may create social value in the way the business is operated e.g by employing excluded groups.

  • They may deliver a social impact to customers who may otherwise be excluded.

Where we don't engage:
  • Where social impact is a clearly subordinate or second-order concern to the founders or is simply a by-product of the operation of the business.

  • Where there is no commercial activity underpinning the venture.

  • Where at least a portion of operating profits are not re-invested in social purpose.

What we care about most:
  • Your impact.  And we are agnostic about organizational form: we welcome for-profits, nonprofits, and government agencies as venture partners.

  • That founders are ambitious about social impact and want help to scale and sustain it

  • That social impact and commercial success go hand-in-hand in the business model (not pulling in separate directions).

  • That social impact is measured and verified alongside all other measures of success.

Terms of Engagement:
We either take a share in the venture, an advisory fee, a share or profit of revenue, or some combination of these. We only succeed when you succeed!