We run the competition twice a year (December and June), and we accept applications on a rolling basis. The QM Social venture fund makes an equity investment of £15,000 in the winning social venture, and provides ongoing support post-investment.
Who: Start-ups where at least one founder is:
- A current student (i.e.UG, PG, PhD, Postdoc)
- A recent graduate (been registered as a student in the past three years);
Where: Start-ups are located in the greater London area, UK. We also consider applications If you are a recent graduate of a London university and the start-up is currently based outside London.
Investment focus: Early-stage for-profit social enterprises, i.e. Social impact is at the core of the business, not just a by-product.
Our impact investments are made with the intention of generating measurable, beneficial social or environmental outcomes in addition to a financial return. Ventures selected for investment are expected to grow their impact alongside financial performance.