Nesta Impact Ventures, the venture capital arm of UK innovation agency Nesta, has announced a £50m fund to support early-stage social change and environmental impact start-ups.
Over £25m of Nesta Impact Investments has been allocated to directly invest in early-stage start-ups over the next five years.
Nesta Impact Investments will invest between £500,000 and £1m in Seed-to-Series A stage start-ups, with the ability to invest up to £4m over multiple rounds.
It plans to make between five and ten investments per year.
The £25m fund will back start-ups working in three key areas:
- Those giving every child a fair start
- Those that help people live healthy lives
- Creating a sustainable future where the economy works for both people and the planet
The fund has already backed its first three start-ups, all of which have female founders: tech-enabled childcare platform Koru Kids; Type 2 diabetes reversal programme Habitual; and a “gastric balloon in a pill” developed by Oxford Medical Products.
Nesta Impact Ventures has been the most active impact fund in the UK over the past decade, according to Beauhust.
Since 2012, Nesta Impact Ventures has invested directly in over 30 early-stage companies from two previous funds.
Lisa Barclay, executive director of Nesta Impact Investments, said: “With this new strategy, we’re looking forward to helping another generation of mission-led businesses thrive. We believe that being purpose-led and creating a scalable tech company can go hand-in-hand, as long as the right support is in place.”