We inhabit a world of accelerating change from which new abundance and prosperity bloom, but where opportunity remains unjustly distributed. Fortunately, alongside this era of exponential change has risen an awe-inspiring army of change agents: social entrepreneurs. These mission-driven leaders are harnessing novel business models to fuel social change, linking profit with purpose and creating solutions with the potential to scale and solve entrenched development challenges.
We believe that social entrepreneurs have the talent, drive and technical skills to design products and services to positively impact people in fragile places and emerging markets. But, they often struggle to raise early-stage capital and get the support they need to grow.
Our Social Venture Fund is designed to make equity or convertible debt investments in and support these bold new ventures. We look for ventures pioneering solutions in financial services, agriculture, last-mile logistics, and youth employment. We're an early source of capital for these ventures, which we then follow up with a significant investment of our time and expertise. That includes close consultation, technical support, and leveraging Mercy Corps’ global network of 5,000 staff across 44 countries, and the many relationships we’ve built across the private and public sector.
Today, we've invested in and supported 12 exciting ventures, with investments ranging from £30,000 to £150,000, and we will significantly expand our portfolio over the next few years. Learn more about our investments below, and if you’re interested in helping to bring to life bold ideas like these, please let us know.