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AGRIinsight has been designed to be used by everyone involved in sub-Saharan African agribusiness including farmers, farmer associations, processors, inputs providers, NGOs, financial institutions, consultants and investors.

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All Small Things (AST)

All Small Things (AST), an online retailer, provides essential pre-owned furniture at affordable prices. Based near Milton Keynes, we believe that AST has the potential to roll out regionally, positively impacting the lives of more people who find it difficult to make ends meet as well as promoting recycling and ethical consumerism.

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AmaElla designs and produces beautiful lingerie made from organic materials, such as cotton and bamboo, and ethically manufactured. AmaElla's wider vision is of a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry.

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Apricot Centre (CIC) Wellbeing Service for Children and Families

With a focus on high quality local food, wellbeing and creativity the Apricot Centre CIC runs projects, activities, and delivers therapies for children, families, schools and communities in East Anglia and South Devon. We specialise in working with children and families in complex life circumstances, from deprived areas, and young people in care or who have been adopted. 

Aspuna Group

Aspuna Group is the world's first commodity fair-trading house, committed to generate social returns as well as profits. Initially focusing on Africa and the agricultural markets, Aspuna plans to expand its portfolio to include oil, gas and metals across a range of geographical regions.

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Beyond the Classroom Education

Central to Beyond the Classroom Education's ethos is a deep belief that it is wrong to teach people to hate, and that our future generations need to be empowered to listen, think for themselves and recognise the significance of coexistence. Beyond the Classroom empowers teachers in areas of conflict around the world to encourage a culture of understanding, empathy and meaningful debate on pressing issues, increasing the potential for peace.

Learn more about Beyond the Classroom Education

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Cambridge Academic Performance

Cambridge Academic Performance offers a fusion of practical academic support and personal development techniques for students. We recognise that academic life is increasingly challenging and that students face enormous demands, both personally and educationally. We help students to manage stress, improve academic performance and develop their confidence.

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Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (CBAS)

By standardising the interface between an amputated stump and any prosthetic, this social venture aims to diversify the prosthetics available to patients. Converting the limb prosthetics industry to a plug and play model will lower the cost and technical barrier to entry of prosthetics manufacture and provide patients with faster recovery times and greater choice. We believe that this will have huge impacts on the lives of amputees and the cost of medical care, both pre and post amputation.

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Cambridge Community Arts

Creative participation has the power to transform individual lives, communities and workplaces. Cambridge Community Arts uses the creative process as a tool to empower individuals by tapping into their own creative resources and improving their mental well-being. This results in stronger and more successful people, communities and workforces.

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Cambridge Hub

Cambridge Hub is transforming students' involvement with social and environmental challenges in Cambridge and around the world. On a mission to remove the town/gown divide in the city, Cambridge Hub's vision is of a time when University of Cambridge students are fully embedded into the wider community, with every single student engaging in social and environmental issues during their time in the city.

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Cambridgene's mission is to improve people's lives through precision medicines, unlocking the power of multi-omics to accelerate and de-risk pharmaceutical research and development. Our advanced research workflows and genetic profiling solutions accelerate the development and delivery of precision medicines.

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Campus Interaction

More than 4.5 million graduates in India are jobless every year, and the situation is worse in rural India. Campus Interaction’s vision is to improve the employability of graduates through technology.

Learn more about Campus Interaction

Charity Vouchers

Charity Vouchers sells gift vouchers that are given as a present, like any other gift voucher, except that the recipient donates the value of the voucher to a UK charity of their choice.

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Citizen Zoo

Promoting rewilding by facilitating citizen-led conservation of native endangered species. Citizen Zoo will provide skills and knowledge training to people and work with local conservation groups who will supply expertise on different species and their conservation needs.

Citizen Zoo team connects people with bikes! They are a social marketplace for bike sharing. Their mission is to make bikes easily available and affordable to everyone everywhere. They aim to unlock the assets of unused bikes.

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DNAdigest is a non-profit organisation run by a diverse community of individuals passionate about data sharing in genomic research the benefits it can give patients. Collaborations between researches has the potential to remove barriers in genomic research and DNAdigest actively promotes efficient and ethical data sharing throughout the research community.

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The next generation of coders are facing serious challenges due to the lack of focus on computing and software development in the curriculum, especially with regard to the most relevant platform of mobile devices. Outside education the issue remains the same with a choice of either over simplified or off-putting complex development tools.

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FamilyCarersNet is a digital community for over seven million unpaid carers across the UK, whereby they can access support, information, chat with other people and have a place whereby they know there are other people caring for them.

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Family Psychology Mutual

Family Psychology Mutual, a staff-led mutual social enterprise, delivers evidence-based interventions to the families of young people with antisocial behaviour. Such interventions include MST (Multi-Systemic Therapy), an alternative to out of home placement that allows highly challenging young people to remain with their families with intensive in-home family therapy services and 24/7 on-call support. This team, whilst part of Cambridgeshire County Council Children's Services, brought the practice of MST to the UK and has a strong track record of establishing and sustaining interventions with adolescents. We believe this framework has the potential for wider national rollout.

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Footprints Café

Footprints Café is a restaurant, bookshop and event space in one. Its mission is to provide a high quality restaurant experience, so as to generate profits to invest in educational programmes in Siem Reap province. Footprints Café strives to achieve this responsibly, sourcing ingredients locally and recycle where possible, and believes in responsible employment and investment in training.

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Form The Future

Form the Future, a social enterprise operating across Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire, links schools with local businesses to get young people ready for work. In a fast-growing region like Cambridge, where employers can’t hire fast enough, it’s essential that young people know where the jobs will be and what skills will be most in demand. Form the Future provides schools with a simple way to prepare students for life after school and gives businesses the chance to take part in educational outreach and build a talent pipeline.

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GenPol delivers research-based policy proposals, training and consulting services on matters related to gender. It builds knowledge, tools and resources for a fairer, gender-aware approach to education, law and order, business and policy-making.

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Ginibee is on a mission to make jobsharing accessible and accepted as a career strategy. They help organisations to retain talent and develop greater diversity in their talent pipeline by successfully and efficiently implementing jobsharing as a flexible working option.

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GlobalTravelWallet offers a digital alternative to cash in many of Africa’s most cash-centric economies. They have been successful in bringing Visa, large local financial institutions, government and regulators to support their financial inclusion efforts and create a lasting social impact for the financially excluded.

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Goshawk Communications

Goshawk Communications was established to address a global yet intensely personal need for those with hearing loss to communicate and integrate more fully with society, achieving this by providing a more inclusive, relevant telecoms service and product design that encourages those with hearing loss or needs to engage and use with confidence modern phones, tablets or other communication devices that are essential to our way of life today.

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Harry Specters Chocolates

Harry Specters builds confidence and hope in young people with autism by providing employment and free training whilst enabling them to produce award-winning chocolates. In doing so, this social enterprise aims to be a "great product, great cause" role model for other businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.

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Healthera is a digital healthcare company building a pioneering suite of software solutions to solve medical non-adherence, streamline and modernise pharmacy, and relieve pressure on public health.

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Hearts Milk Bank

Donor breast milk is used to enhance the chances of survival and long-term health of sick and premature babies who have no access to maternal milk. There is currently a lack of equitable access to donor breast milk across the UK. Hearts Milk Bank aims to provide a consistent source of safe, screened donor breast milk to neonatal units across London and the southeast.

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The Helpful Clinic

The Helpful Clinic is a social enterprise that helps people get back on track.

They help people cope better with everyday life and support people with limiting health conditions by helping them understand how the brain and the body work. They support each person’s health in a way that is tailored to their individual needs and takes into account what they have found helpful in the past.

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hey!Cambridge supports children and young people who are experiencing mild or emerging mental health difficulties. They work with children and young people between four and 19 years old who may be showing behaviours associated with things like anxiety, depression, phobia, mood, conduct or eating difficulties.

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Hyperion Development

Hyperion Development is Africa's first online course platform enabling aspiring programmers to learn the most desired tech skills, from human tutors, for free. Cambridge Social Ventures believes that the Hyperion model, already delivering huge social impact in southern Africa, has the potential to have significant impact where inequality exists.

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Jake's Boost

Jake's Boost is a health food business with two missions: de-cluttering people’s nutrition and fighting childhood food poverty in the UK. All products are 100 per cent natural as well as free from refined sugar, salt, dairy, gluten and palm oil.

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Justice Adda

Justice Adda is a human rights and legal design social venture, which aims to make the law and legal services, accessible, empowering and useful for everyone. Justice Adda provides legal communication expertise through backgrounders, infographics, instruction manuals, animation and web-based multimedia products for organizations that require engaging, succinct and plain-language content.

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Kinetic Science

Kinetic Science is a charity which inspires children to consider science and maths as career options. They make learning fun and through their school outreach programmes, take an experience into the school classroom which would not normally be available.

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KisanHub is a big data based one-stop shop, in the form of a data dashboard, that provides all the operational data farmers need to grow more and use less, wherever they are in the world.

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Konnektis enables collaborative person-centred care older people living independently by integrating the network of professional and informal carers. Konnektis a secure, web-based platform that runs on a dedicated 3G Internet-enabled tablet that stays in the home, becoming the enabling hub for secure real-time collaboration between carers and communication with the older person receiving care.

Levin Sources

Levin Sources is a consultancy and social venture that moves more minerals through systems where good governance and better business are the norm. For more than seven years, they have been at the forefront of responsible mining and sourcing, with unique expertise in issues surrounding raw materials sustainability and artisanal and small-scale mining.

Levin Sources deploy its assets to find inventive and pragmatic solutions to complex issues in supply chains all over the world. Through their work, the company drives performance in upstream and downstream mineral economies, creating and optimising the operating conditions that make responsible business conduct possible.

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LIFNano Therapeutics

LIFNano Therapeutics has invented and patented a new approach to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) using nano-technology. Cambridge Social Ventures believes that this medical innovation has the potential to halt the cruel progression of MS in patients around the globe, whilst saving global healthcare providers billions.

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The Lily-Jo Project

The Lily-Jo Project is an award-winning online mental health resource, designed to help individuals help themselves, with information, practical top tips, expert advice, stories of hope, recommended resources, blogs, interviews and more.

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Linguisticator produces online language and memory courses, inspired by medieval memory techniques. Their product Talkosaurus is a collaboration with the Autism Research Trust and the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, and aims to teach non-verbal children with autism how to speak.  

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Madanyu empowers children in the developing world to access computers and engage in creative activities at school, with support from the University of Cambridge and Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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mamoq aims to challenge 'fast fashion' and 'throwaway consumerism' by creating the ultimate online marketplace for the conscious consumer. With an emphasis on knowledge-sharing, mamoq provides a curated selection of innovative brands that challenge the status quo with their commitment to sustainability and ethics.

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Mindz teaches young people mindfulness. Mindfulness is increasingly being taught in schools and communities and offers effective techniques for relaxation, mental resilience and psychological wellbeing. By teaching evidence-based psychological skills, Mindz positively supports the development of young people and improves their mental health.

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Monthlies make periods drama-free with packs of environmentally friendly tampons delivered through the letterbox every month. The benefits go beyond convenience. Ordering Monthlies reduces CO2 emissions (all products are 100 per cent biodegradable), prejudice (20 per cent of profits go to women's health and advocacy initiatives), and toxins (all products are 100 per cent organic).

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Moon Lane Ink

Moon Lane Ink has grown out of Tales on Moon Lane, an award-winning children’s Bookshop in London. Moon Lane Ink extends their focus into secondary education, utilising peer recommendation and student run pop-up bookshop enterprise days to promote business skills and reading for pleasure. They act as a bridge between schools and publishing to develop practical approaches to addressing the need for greater inclusivity in the UK publishing industry.

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The OCD Research Partnership

The OCD Research Partnership is a new medical charity that focuses on developing new and better treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a debilitating mental illness.

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Overstream Clean

Overstream Clean is a professional cleaning and gardening service for business in the Cambridge city centre. It’s unique in that it mainly uses bicycles with GPS trackers: reliability and communication are key to what it offers businesses and organisations. In addition, Overstream Clean provides skills training to people with experience of or at risk of homelessness. Working in partnership with local businesses, housing associations and the council, we aim to be an exemplary model of getting people furthest away from employment back into work.

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Parent Zone

Parent Zone creates solutions to problems created or amplified by the Internet. These problems affect all families but young people who are also vulnerable offline are impacted to a greater degree than their peers. Parent Zone’s events, training, consultancy and publications are sold and/or distributed to families, schools, corporates, social services, the police, and other stakeholders who care about building online resilience in young people. Their customers include Vodafone, Google, Microsoft, Virgin Media and Disney and they have reached into 17,000 schools and all 43 police forces in the country.


Playphysio provides gaming solutions that transform the daily physiotherapy routines of children suffering with respiratory conditions from sources of conflict into fun and engaging experiences.


A student-led global health think tank that empowers students of all disciplines and stages to research and contribute to global health policy.

Cambridge Social Ventures believes that Polygeia will improve global healthcare provision by conducting high quality research on externally commissioned and internally generated projects, whilst also enabling students to learn relevant skills in real world situations and preparing some for future employment.

Learn more about Polygeia

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Power2inspire believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in sport, regardless of body type, age, disability, or ethnicity. So, they have created truly inclusive events, “Power House Games”, delivering adapted sports in schools, organisations, and local community groups, so that everyone can participate in sport.

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Prison Voicemail

Prison Voicemail is an innovative voicemail service facilitating easier communication between prisoners and their families. Research shows that prisoners who are able to maintain contact or build better relationships with family members are less likely to reoffend than those that don't. Prison Voicemail aims to help strengthen prisoners' family ties, and in doing so, help prisons to reduce reoffending rates.

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Repositive is building a platform that makes genomic data easily discoverable, and is encouraging data sharing and collaborations through nurturing a strong online community. Think of our platform as the go-to-place for finding and accessing relevant genomic research data through privacy-preserving technologies.

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Slate2Learn provides Indian primary school children with access to a tablet-based intelligent tutoring system for under $0.15 an hour, based on small learning hubs equipped with a micro-server and 10 to 40 Android tablets. Slate2learn uses data analytics to track learning progress across all the learning hubs thus offering a personalised learning experience to each child, and high quality support and advice to each teacher.

Social Streets

Social Streets CIC is a digital practice that uses digital content skills and digital training to help bring about positive social change. Clients and partners include high street managers, neighbourhood forums, place makers, local authorities and social enterprises.

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Thrivespring is an online social platform focused on emergency preparedness, community resilience and self-sustainability. Currently in development and expected to launch in 2016, it will provide an online meeting place for individuals, communities, businesses and authorities, enabling members to form real-world connections, access vital emergency information, collaborate with authorities, and create local disaster resilience initiatives to reduce vulnerabilities and build more robust, adaptive, and connected communities.

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Tribalingual is a platform that allows people to learn rare and endangered languages online. Teaching is performed daily through videos, audio and text, with a 30 minute Skype session with your language and cultural teacher once a week. Tribalingual aims to provide a rich and rewarding experience to learners while also helping preserve some of humanity’s most endangered languages. 

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TTG Training CIC

TTG supports ex-offenders, young people and those seeking an alternative curriculum. Offering bespoke programs of trade, employment and life skills, it returns responsibility to the individual in a safe, viable and sustainable environment. A live work-based strand allows exposure to the market to road test employment readiness.

Turtle Dove Cambridge

Turtle Dove Cambridge works with young women from across Cambridge. We offer a combination of work experience and youth work support. The work experience comprises of working at a variety of events and usually involves greeting guests, serving food and drink and other activities that are essential to the smooth running of these events. The events range from charity fundraising events to private functions. The young women are referred through organisations such as the County Council and housing providers.

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Where Does It Come From?

Where Does It Come From? creates high quality, ethically made clothes that come with their life story. Each garment has a code on the label so that the customer can trace their garment’s journey – right back to the cotton farm. We believe that this helps the customer to build a stronger connection to their clothes which will ultimately ensure that they love them more and shop more ethically in the future.

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