Social Enterprise Investment Funds I & II

“With our Social Impact Investment Funds, we aim to grow the social investment sector and achieve positive social benefits for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in the UK” – Lars Hagelmann, Head of Fund Management

Social Enterprise Investment Fund II

The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP (SEIF II) is the successor to SEIF I, our first social impact investment fund launched in 2010, and now fully committed having invested over £8 million into 21 social enterprises.

With £22.4 million in investor commitments so far, SEIF II has in the 18 months since it was launched, committed nearly £6.3 million of capital and disbursed £5.8 million to seven different social enterprises operating in impact areas such as social care, early years education, financial inclusion, mental health and employment. SEIF II is continuing to fundraise with the aim of closing off the fund at £30m by the second half of 2017.

SEIF II supports ambitious social enterprises and charities with sustainable business models looking to grow and extend their social impact.  The Fund offers repayable finance of between £250,000 and £3 million for growth, working capital and capital expenditure purposes.

SEIF II provides a range of loans and investments, including secured and unsecured loans, equity, and loans with performance-related repayment terms. You can apply for investment from SEIF II if:

  • You are a high growth social enterprise or charity;
  • You have a proven business model and can demonstrate an ability to repay investment from trading activities;
  • You have a strong track record of generating positive social impact;
  • You are a well-managed organisation with good governance;
  • You are based in the United Kingdom

If you would like further information about SEIF II, get in touch via the form below.

Social Enterprise Investment Fund I

The investment objective of both our Social Enterprise Investment Funds is to provide growth capital to high impact social enterprises and financial and social returns to investors.  This fund is a ten-year, closed-ended Limited Partnership which accepted direct investment by qualified investors as Limited Partners (LPs) as well as donations via a Charity LP. The fund closed in March 2013 having raised a total of £9.2 million from 21 investors, including corporates, foundations and high net worth individuals.

Our first Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF I) demonstrated the significant social benefits that this kind of Fund can unlock. Over five years, SEIF I enabled the expansion of vital core services that form the backbone of our social welfare; bringing additional nursery school places and increasing the capacity of social care providers. At the same time, the Fund has pioneered investments into innovative service solutions that tackle some of the toughest, intractable social problems. From homelessness and severe social exclusion to financial exclusion and youth unemployment, the Fund is supporting social innovators who are bringing new approaches to their sectors and leading the way in service development. The legacy of these investments will extend beyond the lifetime of SEIF I, leaving social enterprises stronger, more sustainable and at the forefront of the fight against poverty and exclusion.