‘Profit with Purpose’ Fund Seeks £5m to Back High Impact Enterprises

Posted on 09/07/2018 Author: Steph Smith

SIS Ventures is on the search for investors to participate in its first £5 million fund to back Scotland’s high impact enterprises.

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Benefiting from both EIS and Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), Impact First will offer investors a portfolio of between six and twelve high-growth potential, high-impact enterprises which aim to tackle a clearly identifiable social problem with a scalable and disruptive business solution.

The first close seeks to raise £2m from UK-based private investors, with the capital targeted for deployment over 12-18 months. The minimum investor subscription is £15,000 and investments will target EIS (equity) or SITR (debt) qualifying companies.

Entrepreneurs with an ambition to make a difference whilst growing their business will have access to mission-aligned investment through debt and equity investment delivered by SIS Ventures, the mission-led investment arm of responsible finance provider Social Investment Scotland (SIS).

A recent market study by SIS revealed that entrepreneurs feel that existing early-stage investors often overlook social impact and values are not always aligned. It is hoped that Impact First will provide capital to fuel a growing desire by these entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business with a mission-led approach.

The fund is the first to be established by SIS Ventures, since its recent formation, under the Chairmanship of experienced Scottish investor Bill Crossan.

Thomas Gillan, Director, SIS Ventures, said: “Creating a fund which offers a portfolio of both debt and equity provides investors with a unique vehicle to invest in high growth potential, socially-focused businesses offering both a financial and social return. We know there’s appetite on the part of investors and early-stage enterprises for such a fund, and we’re confident we’ll receive significant interest. With the launch of our Information Memorandum, investors now have a chance to become part of something truly ground-breaking and really move the needle for social impact investing.”

Bill Crossan, chairman, SIS Ventures, said: “The world of business and, particularly enterprise, has evolved in recent years. A new breed of entrepreneur has emerged looking to make money but also, more importantly, looking to make a difference. The main problem to date is that there has been very little investment capital available for such enterprises. With our new fund, social entrepreneurs will, for the very first time, have the opportunity to access both debt and equity funding, with the aim of scaling up their operations and maximising their social impact.”

For further information please contact:

Thomas Gillan, SIS Ventures Director, at thomas@socialinvestmentscotland.com or on 07872 592388.

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