tech for good

Tech for good is about practical optimism. It’s about being committed to a problem and ambitious enough to find a solution. It’s about leveraging the functions of business and technology not just for profit, but for people and the planet.

Tech for good is about practical optimism. It’s about being committed to a problem and ambitious enough to find a solution. It’s about leveraging the functions of business and technology not just for profit, but for people and the planet.

most valuable businesses

Purpose-driven value isn’t a trend, it’s a paradigm shift. The future is one where businesses that can deliver meaningful and scalable positive outcomes will be the most successful.

Purpose-driven value isn’t a trend, it’s a paradigm shift. The future is one where businesses that can deliver meaningful and scalable positive outcomes will be the most successful.

vision for impact

We’re not just jumping on the impact bandwagon, we helped build it. Since 2012 we’ve pioneered tech for good. That means our experience and expertise is unrivalled when it comes to building a tech startup with impact at its core.

We’re not just jumping on the impact bandwagon, we helped build it. Since 2012 we’ve pioneered tech for good. That means our experience and expertise is unrivalled when it comes to building a tech startup with impact at its core.

lead by example

As the first UK VC to certify as a B Corp, we don’t just care about what we do, but how we do it. Our principles set out our beliefs; our annual impact reports share our progress. We try to be radically transparent to help set better standards for our industry.

As the first UK VC to certify as a B Corp, we don’t just care about what we do, but how we do it. Our principles set out our beliefs; our annual impact reports share our progress. We try to be radically transparent to help set better standards for our industry.

first jump

We’re often a founder’s first investor and we’re experts at early-stage. Our programme helps you launch your venture and our ongoing platform support helps you grow it. We follow-on invest into our most promising portfolio companies from pre-seed to Series A/B.

We’re often a founder’s first investor and we’re experts at early-stage. Our programme helps you launch your venture and our ongoing platform support helps you grow it. We follow-on invest into our most promising portfolio companies from pre-seed to Series A/B.

big ambitions

Our vision is to significantly improve hundreds of millions of lives. We look for the same ambition in our founders. We invest in businesses where commercial growth means greater positive impact.

Our vision is to significantly improve hundreds of millions of lives. We look for the same ambition in our founders. We invest in businesses where commercial growth means greater positive impact.

all walks of life

The diversity of the people solving the world's biggest challenges needs to reflect the diversity of those they affect. We know that tech for good founders can come from anywhere. We don’t believe in stereotypes or rely on warm intros. Instead we use a fair but rigorous application process.

The diversity of the people solving the world's biggest challenges needs to reflect the diversity of those they affect. We know that tech for good founders can come from anywhere. We don’t believe in stereotypes or rely on warm intros. Instead we use a fair but rigorous application process.

real problems

Problems like the climate crisis, inequality, or poor health. These challenges provide the biggest opportunities for meaningful change and are a huge economic opportunity too. We look for visionary founders committed to creating a sustainable planet, a better society, and healthy lives.

Problems like the climate crisis, inequality, or poor health. These challenges provide the biggest opportunities for meaningful change and are a huge economic opportunity too. We look for visionary founders committed to creating a sustainable planet, a better society, and healthy lives.

We're Bethnal Green Ventures

We’re for founders who understand real problems#. Who come from all walks of life#. With big ambitions# to build solutions at scale. We help you take the first jump#, then join you on the journey. We’re a team with integrity who lead by example#. Sharing your vision for impact# and helping you deliver on it. Because the world’s most valuable businesses# will be the ones that improve millions of lives. We’re here to create a better future with tech for good#.

Apply for the programme

Find out about our investment offer

We invest in ambitious early-stage tech for good founders. The journey of all our portfolio ventures starts on our programme. We then help you grow with further support and investment up to Series A. Applications to our next programme are currently closed, but you can still speak to our team.

Founder story

LettUs Grow

Building the farms of the future

With a third of food wasted globally and the planet’s soils desperately degraded, agricultural systems need rethinking. With their world leading aeroponics, LettUs Grow is at the forefront of this wave, enabling a new way of food production that is sustainable, scalable and affordable.

How it started

With experience in renewable energy, systems engineering and plant biology, Charlie Guy, Jack Farmer and Ben Crowther came together to found LettUs Grow in 2015. BGV became the team’s first investor in 2017 as they joined our programme, following which we invested at pre-seed and seed stage. CEO Charlie says: “BGV’s follow-on investment, mentorship and advisor network have helped us to grow from a small start-up with an idea to a fully fledged scale-up.”

How it's going

They have since developed the market’s leading container farm - DROP & GROW™, empowering localised production of fresh produce. Their patent-pending aeroponic technology enables food to be grown with no soil, zero pesticides and 95% less water. The team have since raised £4.5M from industry-leading investors, won numerous awards and featured in the likes of the Financial Times and Guardian.

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Latest news & insights

By
Yumi Tsoy
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August 16, 2022
How to create an impact strategy: four steps for tech for good founders

As tech for good ventures launch and grow, investors want to see how good intentions become meaningful outcomes. So, as a founder, how do you create an impact strategy? Here we share four steps to do just that.

By
Yumi Tsoy
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August 9, 2022
Impact at scale: are tech for good ventures at risk of mission-drift?

In a maturing tech for good ecosystem the question of impact validation is becoming increasingly important. We believe that as companies mature, so too should their impact practices. Here we share an analysis of BGV's portfolio that sheds light on whether that's the case.

By
Paul Miller
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August 5, 2022
10 Lessons from 10 Years

Talk is cheap. Don't wait for others. Leave the ego at the door. Lessons we've learnt from a decade of pioneering tech for good.

By
Yumi Tsoy
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July 26, 2022
Working towards radical inclusion

Too often it's the D of Diversity & Inclusion that gets the attention. But inclusion really matters. So too does understanding 'intersectionalities'. Investors committed to investing in diverse founders need to start taking a more nuanced and contextualised approach.