UnLtd Big Venture Challenge

The Big Venture Challenge supports ambitious entrepreneurs with access to business support, powerful connections and match funding to help them raise investment and deliver social impact at scale.

This is the final year of the Big Venture Challenge programme which will focus on entrepreneurs in the Education, Training and Skills sectors.

Who is the programme for?

UnLtd are looking for another 20 outstanding social entrepreneurs who are committed to scaling up their social impact. 

The programme supports ambitious, ‘high potential' social entrepreneurs to raise investment and rapidly grow their ventures by building a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting the entrepreneur during the journey. 

UnLtd are calling for entrepreneurs from all over England and looking to find at least 40% of the ventures from outside the Greater London area.

What UnLtd have to offer:

  • Invaluable access to free legal advice and business workshops
  • Access to an extensive network of investors, corporate partners and entrepreneurs facilitating the potential for endless possibilities and collaborations
  • A personal Venture Manager and Investment Manager providing excellent support throughout the year
  • Access to external investors plus the potential for a match grant from Big Venture Challenge of £20,000

Applications for the 2016 cohort are now open, to find out more and how you can apply click here.

About the programme

The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It began with a pilot in 2011 and continues with a new three year programme which started in 2013.  The current, 2015, cohort is being supported now. You can read about these entrepreneurs here.

Those entrepreneurs who have been on the programme have achieved much; over £7.5m of investment has been drawn in to support aggressive growth plans with the average round at £248,000. Big Venture Challenge match funding has attracted over £5m in risk capital. The largest round has been over £600,000.