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Innovation

We want to see a market where social investors provide a unique mix of capital and expertise that allows organisations with innovative solutions to quickly grow and replicate.

How social investment can be used

To scale up a social enterprise

Oomph! designs and runs specialist exercise classes in care homes and the community to help increase older people’s physical strength and mobility, reducing the risk of falls and injury. It received an equity investment from Nesta Impact Investments to scale up its work to help more older people across the UK.

Through a Social Impact Bond

Energise, delivered by the charity Adviza in the Thames Valley, works with 14 to 15 year olds to build resilience, confidence and aspiration among vulnerable young people, and prevent them from becoming unemployed. The programme is managed by Social Finance and is financed through a Social Impact Bond. Based on successful outcomes, the Department for Work and Pensions will repay the investment out of long-term savings to the taxpayer. 

To transform services

DERiC is making loans to community organisations to enable them to transform support provided to older people in the community.

Our goals for 2017

  • More capital targeted on specific social outcomes or issuer
  • Easier access to growth capital for innovative social organisations and interventions