Big Issue Invest

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The CSV challenge is an innovative partnership between Big Issue Invest and Barclays, with investment and support from five partners: Experian, First Ark, Fusion 21, Places for People and The University of Northampton.  CSV is also supported by the Cabinet Office, as part of the £10m Social Incubator Fund.

Mentors are afforded an opportunity to venture outside the corporate environment utilising their skills and expertise in the development of early stage social business.  It is an enriching experience on a personal development level and in the wider scheme of things, a vehicle for social change.

It is a landmark opportunity for corporate partners to invest in, support and nurture a new generation of high-growth ventures that can deliver social and financial returns.

Your business and people will benefit from a highly interactive and challenging process that builds new learning, teams and opportunities.

Some words from our Corporate Partners

“This has been a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge and experience, but also learn from corporate partners whilst providing support to young organisations who create hugely valuable social impact. I’ve also picked up some great ideas we can use in our own business”. – Steve Sinnott, Business Development Manager, Places for People.

Our partnership with Big Issue Invest is an important part of Barclays’ broader commitment to impact five million young futures by 2015.  This programme will see Barclays invest not only money, but colleagues’ time and expertise in helping social enterprises develop and grow, many of which will support young people in disadvantaged communities.  The CSV Programme will support a talented pool of people in developing the skills they need to fulfil their potential while adding real and significant value to society.’ – Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment at Barclays.



Funded by
Cabinet Office
Delivered by
Big Fund
Investment partners
Fusion 21
University of Northampton
Places for People

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