Early Stage Ventures

Who We Fund

Based on the principles of our founder Cecil Jackson Cole and the trustees current priorities, we currently support the following innovative organisations.

Restored is a Christian Alliance working to transform relationships and end violence against women. The alliance currently includes 59 member organisations in the U.K. and internationally. The organisation aims to equip churches to respond effectively to violence against women where they are located.

Key Information
Name: Restored
Nature of business: transforms relationships and ends violence against women
Location: UK and International
Impact: Violence against women
Entrepreneurs: Peter Grant and Mandy Marshall
ACT investment: £282,500 – started April 2014
Nature of Investment: Grant

Click here for the latest news from Restored:
http://www.restoredrelationships.org/news/

Dementia Adventure is a social enterprise specialising in connecting people living with dementia with nature and a sense of adventure. They offer training for professional carers, conduct experiental days and holidays and support research and consultancy services to transform dementia care with nature in mind. ACT is supporting the develop of this growing social enterprise over the next four years.

Key Information
Name: Dementia Adventure
Nature of business: Connecting people living with dementia with nature and a sense of adventure.
Location: UK
Impact: Transforming dementia care with nature in mind
Entrepreneurs: Neil Mapes and Lucy Harding
ACT investment:  £324,000 –  started April 2014
Nature of Investment: Grant

Click here for the latest news from Dementia Adventure:
http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/

The Together Group is a partnership of social enterprises dedicated to creating full-time jobs for ex-offenders and other long-term unemployed people. Currently working with The Restore Trust and Aspire on a series of empty property renovations – all of which create employment opportunities, skills development, training and support for socially excluded people. ACT is funding the establishment of an overarching organisation over the period of three years, so that the Together model can be replicated across the country, following the successful development of Bristol Together and Midlands Together

Key Information
Name: The Together Group
Nature of business: Creating full-time jobs for ex-offenders and other long-term unemployed people
Location: UK
Impact: Employment for ex-offenders
Entrepreneurs: Paul Humphries
ACT investment: £245,000 – started March 2014
Nature of Investment: Grant

Click here for the latest news from The Together Group:
http://www.bristoltogether.co.uk/

Long-term care for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities presents an urgent challenge around the world. The burden placed on unpaid family carers is immense and has a direct impact on their physical health, mental and emotional wellbeing and economic security. Carers Worldwide highlights the vital role played by carers. advocating for for their inclusion in mainstream development programmes and the development of carer-specific services.

Key Information
Name:  Carers Worldwide
Nature of business:  Carers Worldwide advocates for for carers inclusion in development programmes
Location:  India, Nepal, South Asia
Impact:  Recognise and respond to the needs of carers in the developing world,
Entrepreneurs:  Anil Patil
ACT investment: £
Nature of Investment:  Grant

Click here for the latest news from Carers Worldwide:
www.carersworldwide.org/

!nspiraFarms provides turnkey, modular and affordable agricultural processing and value addition platforms to the small-scale fruit, vegetable and dairy industries allowing them to meet global food-safety certification and quality standards for the supply of healthy and nutritious food to local and international markets. All solutions are designed to fit smallholders’ value addition and asset management needs focusing on cash flow growth and stability.

Key Information
Name: Inspira Farms
Nature of business: turnkey, modular and affordable agricultural processing and value addition platforms to the small-scale fruit, vegetable and dairy industries
Location: Kenya and Guatemela
Impact: allowing them to meet global food-safety certification and quality standards for the supply of healthy and nutritious food to local and international markets
Entrepreneurs: Tim Chambers and Michele Bruni
ACT investment: £200,000 – started October 2014
Nature of Investment: Returnable grant with repayments triggered by achievement of an agreed sale target

Click here for the latest news from !nspiraFarms:
http://www.inspirafarms.com/