Social Enterprise Investment Fund LP

United Kingdom

Last updated 12 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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The Social Enterprise Investment Fund provides medium-term, growth capital for social enterprises based in the UK to drive their growth, sustainability and achievement of high social impact.

Financial description

The Social Enterprise Investment Fund provides medium-term, growth capital for social enterprises based in the UK to drive their growth, profitability and achievement of high social impact. Investments made by the fund can range from £100,000 to £1,000,000, with the possibility of additional follow-on investment depending on the success of the business. Financing is provided in the form of medium-term debt, loans with performance-related interest and equity.

13 years

of track record


the year funded



Asset manager

Big Issue Invest


Headquarters location:

Other funds managed by this asset manager: Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP

SDG goals

SDG targets

Implement social protection systems

Equal rights to ownership basic services technology and economic resources

Universal access to sexual and reproductive care, family planning and education

Full employment and decent work with equal pay

Increase aid for trade support

Develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructures

Increase access to financial services and markets

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Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: Big Issue Invest

Product track record: Fund has 13 years of track record

Target IRR: 5%

Committed Capital: 9,250,000 GBP (Pound Sterling)

Target return category: Risk-adjusted market-rate of return

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Inception year: 2010

Vintage year: 2010

Target region: ,

Target close date: n.a.

Product term: 10 years

Assets under management: n.a.

Investment size: Min: 100,000; Max: 1,000,000; Avg: 300,000

Co-investment policy:

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Fund investments to date: 12

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 3

Management fee: 2.5%

Carried interest: 15%

Hurdle rate: n.a.

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: Yes

Limited Partners / Investors: 22 LPs including Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (founding investor), Deutsche Bank, HSBC, NESTA, LankellyChase Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Foundation, Panaphur, Golden Bottle Trust (Hoare & Co Bank), 3 other foundations/trusts, 11 individual qualified investors

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Family Office, Other Institutional Investors




Phone number: +44 207 526 3431

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Impact Performance


Impact thesis

To support the growth of sustainable social enterprises in the UK that have an impact in the areas of 1) Jobs, Education and Training; 2) Health and Social Care; 3) Financial Inclusion; 4) Community Development; 5) Community-Driven Environmental Initiatives.

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