Big Issue Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) Programme

Social Enterprises have the potential to gain £50K investment and a lot more for your social business. If you are successful in your application to the CSV 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. Sector experts can also provide guidance specific to your business requirements.

You will work with your mentors and Big Issue Invest CSV 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 also gain access to pro bono legal support from Ashurst LLP.

Participation in the CSV programme will provide your social business with access to commercial contacts through via the BII partner's networks and numerous social business contacts through your fellow CSV alumni.

More than £1 million has been invested into 42 social businesses and more than 120 corporate mentors have been engaged in the programme since its inception. Email the CSV team if you'd like know more about the programme.