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Our vision

A fairer society, where all ​young people thrive.

What we do

We work with social entrepreneurs and philanthropists to build and strengthen organisations that deliver systemic impact.

We provide young people opportunities in education and beyond, helping them reach their true potential.

Working with us

We only provide support where we are confident we can add value. Thus, we are deliberate about who we partner with, to ensure we deliver maximum impact.

How we work


We partner with visionary philanthropists and organisations that want to transform young people’s lives. We offer bespoke advice, identify opportunities and leverage investments with an evidence-based approach. Great impact starts here.

Social Ventures

We believe great impact starts with great people. As such, we deliberately partner with individuals and organisations with strong theories of change, who mirror our ambitions.

For these change makers, we offer fully individualised support, access to funding and a ‘high-challenge, high-support’ home, to turn great ideas into sustainable and successful ventures.

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Our portfolios

Too few young people, especially from underprivileged and under-represented backgrounds, excel in science, technology, engineering and maths at school and beyond. As a consequence, these young people miss out on the chance to fulfil their potential and contribute to this increasingly important field.

  1. Maths education in schools
  2. Nurturing elite maths talent
  3. Improving academic success of disadvantaged students

Our history

Our team has 20 years of experience working with social ventures for young people


Ark founded

Ark’s early work included work on HIV and AIDS in Africa as well as child protection initiatives in Eastern Europe. Ark Schools (2006) marks the start of Ark’s focus on education, followed by the support of school programmes for curriculum mastery and school leadership.


Ark Ventures founded

All Ark’s non-school initiatives and programmes consolidated as “Ark Ventures”, focusing mainly on education.


Purposeful Ventures spins out of Ark

Purposeful Ventures extends its focus beyond education to issues affecting children and young people more broadly. It increases the number of ventures it supports and deepens its relationships with funders.

Ark continues to grow and develop ventures, taking the expertise gained from running their schools and sharing those lessons with the wider system.

Our team and trustees

  • Michael Clark

    Chief Executive

  • Aisha Washington


  • Ben Cartledge

    Director (STEM Excellence)

  • Melanie Robinson

    Director (Children & Families)

  • Libby Dangoor

    Chair of Trustees

  • Lucy Heller


  • Ed Fidoe


Our supporters

Our supporters

  • XTX Markets
  • The Hg Foundation
  • Save the Children
  • Ark

Join the team

  • Venture Associate

    This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual who is passionate about improving social mobility and tackling educational inequality and keen to develop their strategic and operational skills while working with mission-driven organisations to deliver social impact.  

  • Venture Partner

    Venture Partners are at the core of Purposeful Ventures’ work. Our Venture Partners provide our intellectual capital and the skills and experience that allows us, and all the ventures we work with to thrive and deliver huge social impact. 

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We are always on the look-out for new ventures, supporters and talent. Get in touch and we will aim to get back to you within the week.

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