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Bethnal Green Ventures

Who benefits

The Fund plans to invest in a portfolio of early stage companies with high-growth potential, which seek positive impact on society or the environment through digital and other technologies. These will be identified primarily from applications to Bethnal Green Ventures’ accelerator programme.

BGV believes there is now a strong opportunity to invest in early stage companies that are using new technologies to address large social and environmental problems in the fields of healthcare, education, environmental sustainability and civic engagement.

• BGV looks for management teams to have diverse backgrounds with a united focus on the social and environmental mission of the firm.
• The company sets targets for and provides support to portfolio companies to deliver high social and environmental impact at scale, and it helps portfolio companies to communicate this.
• BGV reports to investors on the social, environmental and financial performance of portfolio companies and the portfolio overall.

Case Studies

Fairphone

Fairphone produces and sells the world’s most ethical and sustainable mobile phone. It has a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first.

Est. 2012 | Multi-award winning startup | 160,000 phones sold | 300,000 beneficiaries

DrDoctor

DrDoctor’s appointment scheduling software has radically improved the way hospitals and patients communicate. Patients using DrDoctor have a better experience and are more likely to attend appointments, increasing clinic efficiency and lowering costs.

Est 2012 | Used by 5,000,000 patients | Sales in 22 hospitals across the NHS | Profitable since 2015 | £8m per year saved by hospitals using DrDoctor

Piclo

Piclo (formerly Open Utility) is an energy marketplace for smart grid flexibility services. It is transforming the electricity industry and pushing it towards a more renewable economy. The company is chaired by former CEO of NPower UK Volker Beckers.

Est. 2013 | Award winning energy startup | Customers include 5 of 6 UK electricity grid operators | Backed by expert energy industry investors | Profitable since 2015

Bright Little Labs

Bright Little Labs is a studio for children’s education and entertainment that helps them learn about STEM subjects. Their first product – Detective Dot – teaches kids how to code through spy-based adventure stories.

Est 2015 | £2 million investment from Turner (The Cartoon Network) | Featured in Guardian, Telegraph, Wired and Huffington Post

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