Sponsors and Partners
Big Issue InvestUnLtdNCVOThe Nominet TrustBig Venture ChallengeCreative England

About The Big Venture Challenge

The Big Venture Challenge supports ambitious entrepreneurs with access to business support, powerful connections and match funding to help them raise investment and deliver social impact at scale. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It began with a pilot in 2011 and continues with a new three-year programme which started in 2013. RunAClub are Big Venture Challenge Winners! 

About UnLtd

UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. UnLtd resources hundreds of individuals each year through its core Awards programme. RunAClub, won the UnLtd prestigious Fast Growth Award which focused on individuals who have their ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change, and where there is potential to make a major impact rapidly.

About Big Issue Invest

Big Issue Invest (BII) is the social investment arm of The Big Issue and one of the UK’s leading providers of finance to social enterprises, charities and businesses that are socially driven.

Like their parent company, The Big Issue, they aim to help people to help themselves by investing in business-like responses to social problems, with self-help and prevention at their core.

BII's mission is to back sustainable social enterprises and ventures that help tackle poverty and inequality.

About NCVO

NCVO champions and strengthens volunteering and civil society, with over 10,000 members, from the largest charities to the smallest community organisations.

NCVO understand the power of the voluntary sector and volunteering. No one organisation can solve society’s challenges alone, but collectively we’re all vital for sustaining society in times of challenge and change.

That’s why, inspired and empowered by their members, they support and celebrate volunteering in all its diversity, and champion and strengthen the voluntary sector – by making sure government knows its true value, and making sure it can continue to do what it does best.

About Nominet Trust

Nominet Trust believes in the power of digital technology to improve lives and communities. 

The Trust brings together, invests in and supports people committed to using digital technology to create social and economic value.

Nominet Trust has invested in hundreds of projects since its inception, providing business support as well as financial investment, seeking to connect projects to prospective partners who can help increase their reach and impact.

Nominet Trust was founded in 2008 by Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk internet infrastructure. Nominet has a strong public purpose and the Trust is one example of its commitment to creating a safer, accessible and diverse internet.

About Learning South West

Learning South West engages in innovative and creative work that reflects emerging trends in post-16 and adult learning and work. 

This independent charity works closely with regional, national and international organisations with an interest in policy and practice in post-16 education and youth work. Learning South West acts as a ‘regional hub’ to help national organisations engage providers and commissioners in the region. It also ensures the South West is heard in national debates. 


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