Big Issue Vendor

Power Up Scotland develops early stage social businesses through investment, business support and cross-sector partnerships.

Our early stage venture programmes have operated for over eight years in partnership with large corporate organisations. Big Issue Invest has used this experience and gained a deep understanding of early-stage social enterprises and charities, their need to grow and how to empower them to become investment ready.

In 2018, Big Issue Invest launched Power Up Scotland in partnership with abrdn, The University of Edinburgh, The Scottish Government and Brodies LLP, later adding partners Places For People and Experian. We have developed our Power Up Scotland strategy to provide:

  1. Access to social finance and investment readiness support
  2. Potential routes to market through our partners
  3. Specialised business support from senior corporate and public sector partners
  4. Leadership development to create a sustainable social business

Power Up Scotland operates as a pre-seed accelerator programme whereby after receiving three months of mentorship from a team of corporate professionals, each social enterprise or charity is invited to pitch to an investment panel for up to £50,000. This capital investment is a patient capital loan bearing low interest. We’ve designed this as an opportunity to provide flexible finance allowing social businesses to deliver local and national social impact while powering up their business model.

Apply Here For Power Up Scotland

If you’re a social enterprise based in Scotland you can apply before 23:59 on Friday 17th September 2021.

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Apply Here To Become A Mentor for Power Up Scotland

If your organisation is a partner of the programme, you can apply to become a mentor for Power Up Scotland’s social enterprises.

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If you have any questions, please email us.