Cambridge Social Ventures

Social Venturing – the Bigger Picture

Nicole Helwig explores whether social enterprise should make way for social venturing.

Cambridge prize for pandemic response

Four social entrepreneurs win Cambridge Social Innovation Prize for pandemic response.

Cambridge Social Ventures and COVID-19

Social ventures adapting to issues posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Five tips for sealing the deal

Mark Goodson, Business Advisor at Cambridge Social Ventures, shares his insights.

Have you got a business that creates social change?

Cambridge Social Ventures supports a whole range of businesses that have positive social and environmental impacts.

Our ventures work in diverse fields such as health, transport, housing, ageing and education. They range from local to global in scale, and include technology startups, public sector, community organisations, university spinouts and everything in between.

Our programmes are designed for people who will drive their businesses forward to create real, scaleable, lasting social or environmental change. The Social Venture Weekends give emerging social entrepreneurs two-and-a-half days of world-class training, and our incubator programme supports selected ventures with 12 months of ongoing regular business advice and coaching, free shared workspace if required and support to access loan finance.

Key facts


Entrepreneurs supported through Social Venture Weekends


Ventures incubated


Revenue generating ventures


Amount raised by our ventures*

*in equity/loans/grants/public sector contracts

Our programmes

Social Venture Weekend

This course is for anyone with an ambition to start or grow a social venture. We welcome any business working to make positive social or environmental impact across all sectors, from employment to genomics, ageing to energy.

The 12-month Incubator

Our incubator programme provides a range of tailored support to social ventures. In our first two years, we’ve supported more than 50 ventures to grow, find customers and investment.

Our current and past ventures

Our ventures

Our ventures have great stories to tell. Read more about them and find out how to get in touch with them directly.

Our past ventures

Following their time with us, Cambridge Social Venture graduates continue to build their social ventures.

Latest news & insight

Beth Kume-Holland is the Founder and CEO of Patchwork Hub, a venture supported by Cambridge Social Ventures at Cambridge Judge to help inclusive employers connect with skilled disabled job seekers. She talks about bridging the disability employment gap and providing opportunities for all to thrive in work.

Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation

Cambridge Social Ventures is run by the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. Acting as a platform for research and engagement with social innovators, academia and policy in UK and across the world, the Centre’s focus is to engage with social innovators and create and support social ventures and projects.

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