At SIS Ventures we believe that impactful enterprises, those that deliver profit with purpose, should be the bedrock of society; supported with the full power of the investor community.
We seek a commitment from an entrepreneur to lock the social mission into their company; ensuring that social impact and financial success are symbiotic and the organisation is accountable for the impact it creates.
SIS Ventures seeks to work with outstanding individuals committed to creating long-term, scalable social impact. These are businesses that seek to combine more traditional business objectives with the creation of social impact at scale. SIS Ventures is a flexible investor and will look to co-invest alongside other mission-aligned investors.
A mission-led business embeds social impact into the DNA of the organisation; measuring success based on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits. The social mission must be clearly articulated and locked in, beginning with intent and resulting in tangible outcomes.
Each investee company will receive one to one support from an independent impact advisor at the beginning of the investment ro ensure an effective mission lock is in place.
Diversity & Equality
SIS Ventures will back diverse teams with a positive and enabling culture; actively seeking founders from under-represented groups and ensuring appropriate equality policies are in place at investee level.
SIS Ventures is part of the Social Investment Scotland group and is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority. We aim to support and grow high impact organisations through access to mission-aligned investment. Our goal is to become the go to investor and partner for social entrepreneurs. With the work of social entrepreneurs helping shape a more vibrant and cohesive economy, the experienced SIS Ventures team will support in creating greater social change.
Our first fund raises new capital, utilising both EIS and SITR tax reliefs, to support both social enterprises (like charities and community interest companies) and mission-driven businesses. The latter will be expected to lock in their social mission in return for investment, underlining the importance of purpose to the very foundation of their businesses. The fund will offer conventional financial returns alongside social and/or environmental returns by investing either equity or debt into purpose driven companies.
The following information gives guidance on the criteria that we look for when determining whether an investment proposal is suitable for SIS Ventures.
We are here to support impactful organisations.
SIS Ventures puts impact first. We invest for impact regardless of legal structure.
We seek a commitment from an entrepreneur to lock the social mission into their company; ensuring that social impact and financial success go hand-in-hand.
SIS Ventures is particularly interested in investing for growth in high-impact potential organisations that are close to or already trading.
Where possible, we are keen to invest alongside others.
If you are mission-driven private business, you will need to be Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) eligible.
The SIS Ventures team is a talented mix of impact investors, traditional investment managers who understand the market opportunity, and individuals who are compelled to make their investments drive positive impact.
Head of SIS Ventures
As Head of SIS Ventures, Jill is responsible for leading our mission to support and grow high impact organisations through access to impact-led investment. Jill, a Chartered Accountant, brings a wealth of experience in mission-aligned investment to SIS Ventures. Jill began her career at Arthur Andersen and joined us from RBS, where she transacted deals in the mid-market Private Equity space and most recently led the enterprise strand of the bank’s purpose-led strategy. She also launched the ‘Back Her Business’ initiative, the UK’s first female-only crowdfunding programme that supports would-be entrepreneurs and led the bank’s partnership with The Prince’s Trust.
SIS CEO, SISV Director
Alastair joined SIS in 2009 initially to run the investment team, however in 2011, Alastair became SIS’s Chief Executive. Before joining SIS he worked with Bank of Scotland’s community banking, where he developed his broad and extensive knowledge of social investment. In 2012, Alastair completed the prestigious ‘Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management’ programme at Harvard Business School and in 2017 was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Banker Institute.
Prior to SIS Ventures, Rob held the role of Lead Fund Manager at SIS – leading the due diligence process for new investment proposals and managing a portfolio of SIS’s customers. He is responsible for the delivery of the SISV investment policy, working closely with the Investment Committee to ensure the fund objectives are met. Rob has a wealth of experience making and managing impactful investments to wide range of sectors including community renewables, arts and culture and consumer products.
Siobhan is an Investment Manager within SIS Ventures. She is a Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience, primarily working with owner-managed businesses. Siobhan spent over seven years working in Johnston Carmichael’s Corporate Finance team where she provided strategic advice and guidance to clients across a wide range of sectors and at all stages of the business life cycle. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs, using her experience to nurture and advise individuals and teams as their businesses grow to scale. Siobhan joins SIS from Finsbury Food Group and is looking forward to working with the existing SIS Ventures portfolio and meeting lots of new purpose-driven entrepreneurs.
Risk and compliance officer
Alistair, who started at SIS in 2011, is responsible for the group’s credit risk and compliance functions. Alistair provides strong direction and to support investment policy, risk, and compliance across the SIS group. Alistair is able to support all types of organisations through SIS due to his extensive financial and relationship skills. Before his career at SIS, Alistair joined Bank of Scotland where he worked for over 20 years in various roles.
Head of Impact
Lindsay is the impact lead at SIS Ventures and Social Investment Scotland. Lindsay is responsible for devising the organisation’s impact strategy and supporting mission-driven enterprises develop social impact practices. Lindsay has more than 16 years of experience supporting and advising purpose-driven organisations. Her experience includes developing social impact practices both in-house and for SIS customers, delivering market-building activities for the social sector and developing an impact-led approach for one of the UK’s leading affordable housing providers.
Mary Jane Brouwers
Mary Jane has worked in equity investments since 1997 when she joined the team that became Bank of Scotland Growth Equity, managing a portfolio of companies ranging from SME to FTSE. Subsequently she worked as an investment manager for the Scottish Investment Bank for two years before joining Archangels, Scotland’s most successful business angel group, as an Investment Executive in 2010. At Archangels she was responsible for reviewing new investment proposals as well as the active portfolio management of investee companies.
Get in touch
If you have plans to grow and deliver impact at scale, or believe there is someone in your network we should talk to, please get in touch.
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At SIS Ventures we believe in the power of partnership and collaboration. Let us know if we can support you with your objectives.