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Mustard Seed

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Mustard Seed Impact Big Society Capital


Equity finance to support the development of Mustard Seed’s member network and funds under management, increasing their ability to support high impact, high growth social enterprises.​

Social impact

Mustard Seed’s development of an impact-led member network of high net worth investors and entrepreneurs seeking to invest and support early stage, high impact, high growth social enterprises. It has the potential to catalyse and enable the development of social enterprises and businesses that would otherwise have struggled to raise mission-aligned early stage capital.

As a B-Corp, Mustard Seed works with social entrepreneurs across 5 action areas: economic inclusion, education, health, resource efficiency, family and community. They work exclusively with organisations who have a measureable, positive net change for society, where their impact is intentional and pre-determined. The social impact and financial success moves in “lock-step” and are mutually reinforcing, with businesses creating environmental and social good driving longer-term value and greater profit potential.

Market development

There continues to be a lack of investment capital available for early stage social entrepreneurs, constraining the development of the social investment market and the application of entrepreneurial approaches to generate meaningful social impact.

Mustard Seed is seeking to play a critical role in the development of early stage social enterprises by providing them with access to the seed stage, risk-taking capital and networks of support that will support them to grow their social impact and financial sustainability. The FCA-authorised Mustard Seed Venture Fund allows the firm to follow-on its investments to support the social entrepreneurs initially backed in the pursuit of their social mission.

Financial rationale

Mustard Seed will use our investment to support its initial growth and expansion. As Mustard Seed engages new members to join their investor network and raise their volume of funds under management, it will continue to grow itself into a sustainable social business.

Investment details

  • Big Society Capital investment: £250,000
  • Co-investors: Private investors
Last updated | 
16 November 2016