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What they do

SIS Ventures has been created with the overall aim of supporting and growing high impact organisations through access to mission-aligned investment.

The SIS Ventures team has experience of delivering investment into enterprises that drive social change across Scotland and the UK. 

The Impact First Fund

The Fund focuses on social and/or environmental returns alongside financial ones. This includes equity or debt into purpose driven companies; social entrepreneurs creating and sustaining employment  opportunities, improving health and fitness, supporting the homeless and those marginalised within local communities. All of which are helping shape a more vibrant and cohesive economy.

SIS Ventures believes that Mission-led Businesses exist across a spectrum of business models. Unlike traditional Social Enterprises, these companies are able to distribute all of their profits to investors but understand that a positive mission can lead to better company and societal outcomes. The Fund, a £5 million fund once fully subscribed, is the first fund from SIS Ventures and will generate social and financial returns for investors whilst providing access to investment in Mission-led Businesses.

How companies are selected

With the Impact First Fund, SIS Ventures intends to prove its fundamental thesis, that profit and purpose can be aligned using an outcomes based investment strategy.

SIS Ventures seeks to work with outstanding individuals committed to creating long-term, scalable social impact. Supporting the customer sits at the heart of SIS Ventures, a mind-set that started with Social Investment Scotland and will continue with SIS Ventures. Each potential Investee Enterprise will be allocated a dedicated investment professional to take them through the diligence process.

Post-investment, the Manager will build a trusted relationship with Investee Enterprises, working with them to understand both the financial aspects of the enterprise and the positive social impact being delivered. This approach provides the necessary support infrastructure to assist the Investee Enterprise during a period of anticipated growth. SIS Ventures is a flexible investor and will look to co-invest alongside other mission-aligned investors.

SIS Ventures will back diverse teams with a positive and enabling culture; actively seeking founders from under-represented groups; and ensuring appropriate equality policies are in place at investee level. In addition to personnel, SIS Ventures will also look at pay ratios and other governance arrangements to ensure Investee Enterprises have the appropriate structure to deliver on their mission.

A Mission-led Business embeds social impact into the DNA of the organisation, measuring success based on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits. The social mission must be clearly articulated, beginning with intent and resulting in tangible outcomes, with each company receiving one-to-one support from an independent impact advisor at the beginning of the investment.

The fund will focus on the following outcome areas:

  • Employment, training and education
  • Citizenship and community
  • Physical and mental health
  • Conservation of the natural environment

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