Supporting social ventures

We are a collective of UK universities working collaboratively to support and raise awareness of mission-driven businesses emerging from our ecosystems.

We have an exciting new initiative, ImpactU, to provide training to UK universities and funding to pre-seed social ventures from English universities. 

Bringing change, to people and places, by accelerating the development of impact-led projects

Each member university of ImpactU is passionate about delivering positive impact from innovative solutions focussing on health, wellbeing, society and the environment. Our projects emerge from research, student entrepreneurial activity, accelerators, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Our ImpactU training, led by LSE and available across the UK will provide learning and support to founders and universities. 

Learn more about the benefit of becoming a university member here.

Our ImpactU Pathfinder award aims to accelerate companies towards investment or growth. 

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Lead Partner Universities 

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Coventry University Logo
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Member Universities

Aston University
University of Birmingham
Cranfield University
Keele University
University of Leicester
Loughborough University
University of Nottingham
The University of Warwick

The University of Exeter
The University of York 
University of Bristol 
Anglia Ruskin University 
University of Birmingham 
University of Reading 
University of Liverpool 

Most recent projects

University of Oxford

Creating a world where everyone has the tools to lead a hopeful and flourishing life

News & events

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Calling all UK students and academics! Embark on a journey of social entrepreneurship with our interactive kick off session for a high level overview of social ventures and why you might want to consider starting one.
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We now have a unique opportunity for a dynamic and motivated Investment Associate to join our team at Oxford University Innovation.
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A potent consortium of academic institutions, spearheaded by Oxford University Innovation (OUI), has secured a £1.5m bid titled “Seed Funding, Training, and Support for Social Ventures”, which will fortify and amplify the trajectory of university social ventures.
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Twelve leading English universities have come together to create an online showcase of their social venture start-ups, raising awareness of a new brand of mission-driven businesses founded by students and researchers across their campuses.