Social Innovation & Investment

We are a leading centre for social innovation, creating new solutions to entrenched problems through social ventures, movements and campaigns.

  • We conduct research on both the theory and practice of social innovation
  • We provide hands-on concept development and co-design with individuals and groups
  • We pioneer innovative financing models to sustain and scale up social ventures
  • We work in collaboration on systems-level innovation and change.

We have set up many new initiatives and supported hundreds of social innovations to thrive, thus improving thousands of people’s lives.

Our substantial experience in administering multi-million-pound grant-based and investment funds has shaped the design and delivery of The Young Academy, our flagship incubator and impact investment programme that supports social ventures tackling educational inequality.

To find out more about our pioneering social innovation and investment work and how you can get involved please get in touch with James Teasdale, Head of Venture Development at