Social Entrepreneurs Fund

Bridges Charitable Trust provides investment through the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund to address the funding gap often faced by fast growing social enterprises looking to scale. Launched in November 2008, the fund has so far raised £4.25m for investment in scalable social enterprises delivering high social impacts and operating sustainable business models.

The Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund invests in social enterprises that have a clear social mission; a robust business model; the ability to grow to scale and increase their social impact; a financially sustainable model; the ability to generate surpluses to repay financing; and a strong management team. Each investment made by the fund will be; up to £1million; structured as a flexible and tailored investment, usually in the form of quasi-equity; and repayable, with an appropriate return, through the social enterprise's trading activities.

In addition, the social enterprises that the Fund invest in have the opportunity to benefit from consulting advice from Monitor Group to help them reach scale. Bridges Ventures also works closely with UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, to help social entrepreneurs seeking funding to become investment-ready. The fund is currently open for investment.

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