Top Social Impact startups
to watch in 2024

At Passionfruit we strongly believe that our social impact is not just a nice-to-have, but an essential part of doing business. That’s why we’ve created a community for freelancer marketers to find projects which are revolutionising the future of work. We care about the groups and issues that are underrepresented in the U.K and around the world which is why we’ve pulled together an example of the top ten social impact startups helping companies make a real and lasting impact in the world. Afterall, success is not just measured in profit but in the positive impact you have on people and the planet.

The Top Three

Beam

Beam is an online platform that crowdfunds for homeless people by supporting them into temporary housing to find and keep stable work. So far Beam has supported over 1,989 people across the U.K.
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Human Forest

Human Forest is a dockless, shared, and ad-supported e-bike service company. The early-stage startup aims to transform urban environments by getting people out of cars and onto bikes.
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Collidescope.io

Collidescope is an innovative technology platform, dedicated to activating and empowering social change through cutting-edge digital solutions. The platform brings together influencer marketing, impact measurement, Web3 fundraising, ESG e-learning, and corporate ESG training to drive social change. Think of them as matchmakers, but for a cause.
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Beam

Beam is an online platform that crowdfunds for homeless people by supporting them into temporary housing to find and keep stable work. So far Beam has supported over 1,989 people across the U.K.
Why we’re excited:
We love Beam because it’s on a mission to help the 28,832 homeless people in the UK turn their lives around. Not only does the platform ensure 82% of its beneficiaries earn an average starting salary of £24,650 (significantly more than the London Living Wage). It also provides immediate access to basic amenities to help individuals and their families get back on track.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2016
Funding:
Venture Series Unknown
# Employees:
11-50
Location:
London, U.K
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Human Forest

Human Forest is a dockless, shared, and ad-supported e-bike service company. The early-stage startup aims to transform urban environments by getting people out of cars and onto bikes.
Why we’re excited:
As a company on a mission to become b-corp certified we love HumanForest’s green credentials. The company operates with zero emissions meaning its e-bikes remove almost 4 tonnes of CO2 from London’s air every day. Plus its unique advertising-led revenue model connects riders with its associated partners sustainably (users receive an advert from partners before and after using a HumanForest e-bike). If you follow them on social media like us, you’ll have seen they’ve got a very fun approach to raising awareness about the brand. We’re obsessed with their hilarious brand voice!
Founded by:
Founded date:
2020
Funding:
Series A US$ 17.4M
# Employees:
51-200
Location:
London. U.K

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Collidescope.io

Collidescope is an innovative technology platform, dedicated to activating and empowering social change through cutting-edge digital solutions. The platform brings together influencer marketing, impact measurement, Web3 fundraising, ESG e-learning, and corporate ESG training to drive social change. Think of them as matchmakers, but for a cause.
Why we’re excited:
The nonprofit space lost $16.9 billion in 2020 as a result of the lack of modern, digital infrastructure. We love Collidescope's fresh approach to marketing as we believe it will play a key role in expediting measurable social change. We’re all for strategically aligned and measured social media collaborations that drive funding for valuable causes.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2020
Funding:
Pre-Seed US$ 1M
# Employees:
1-10
Location:
Los Angeles, California
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Matchable

Matchable is an online platform designed to connect charities and impact startups' pro bono needs with business expertise. It helps companies and their employees to match with skilled volunteering projects at non-profits and impact startups, enabling clients to offer their employees work in upskilling opportunities.
Why we’re excited:
We’re excited about Matchable because it not only ensures charities and impact startups' can fill the skills gaps they need to make an impact - and all free of charge. It removes the hassle many employers face when it comes to finding high-impact volunteering projects that suit their employees time and interest. This is something we think definitely helps to boost employee engagement with volunteering opportunities.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2019
Funding:
Seed US$ 1.6M
# Employees:
1-10
Location:
London, U.K

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Tulipshare

Tulipshare is the first activist investment platform with a focus on impactful projects that make the planet better. Tulipshare gives individuals insider access to shareholder proposals at US publicly held companies before the company’s annual general meeting.
Why we’re excited:
We’re excited about Tulipshare’s mission to help like-minded investors use their money to push for stronger environmental and social commitments. By helping to bridge the gap between the individuals who care about a company's social impact and the companies who need to act, we’re certain Tulipshare will lead to significant change that positively addresses pressing injustices and/or challenges.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2020
Funding:
Seed US$ 11.8M
# Employees:
11-50
Location:
London, U.K
6
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Clime

Clime is a platform dedicated to employee-driven climate transformations. In short, the platform helps companies to build truly sustainable cultures and reduce their overall CO2-footprint by measuring, reducing and offsetting the CO2-footprint of all employees.
Why we’re excited:
We loved Clime because it allows companies to leverage the power of data to build a truly sustainable company culture while actively and collectively combating climate change. It also ensures lasting environmental impact and engaged employees who care about the world we live in.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2020
Funding:
Seed US$ 4M
# Employees:
11-50
Location:
Berlin, Germany
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Wikifarmer

Wikifarmer is a free online knowledge library where professional or amateur farmers can find best practices for growing their fields more effectively and an online marketplace where farmers can sell their products to buyers directly. Wikifarmer's vision is to create a fair, transparent, and profitable environment for the farming world.
Why we’re excited:
Farmers are dedicating their lives to cultivating their fields, but get the lowest value of all the sales cycle. We believe they need to receive a more fair share. Plus buyers have the right to have more options and buy at better prices. We’re excited about Wikifarmer because we believe it will help to solve this inequality on both sides.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2018
Funding:
Seed US$ 7.2M
# Employees:
11-50
Location:
Athens, Greece
8
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CIRCA5000

Circa5000 is an investing app which provides individuals with the opportunity to invest their hard-earned cash sustainably. The platform is 100% clear on what companies do and how they impact the world, meaning users don’t accidentally invest in manufacturers using sweatshops or animal-tested products.
Why we’re excited:
We’re excited about Circa5000 because it allows individuals to invest in the causes that matter to them, spearheading the growth of impact funds. We believe impact funds as championed by Circa500 will revolutionise the world of investment, showing future generations that wealth can be built by contributing to a better future for the planet and humanity. CIRCA5000 is the gold standard of sustainable investment.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2018
Funding:
Enquiry Crowdfunding US$ 15.1M
# Employees:
11-50
Location:
London, U.K
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Do Good Points

Do Good Points is a fintech-enabled marketplace modernising charitable giving. The platform aims to be the smarter and more effective way to give back to the community regardless of a person's financial situation. Individuals who sign up to Do Good earn points by taking simple actions on the platform like sharing causes they care about or referring a friend. Over time these points accumulate and can be donated through the platform to causes users care about.
Why we’re excited:
While many people want to do good, they often don’t know where to start due to a lack of trusted information and transparency about where their donations go. We love Do Good Points because they make it easy to do good by allowing individuals to easily access the information they need to make the changes they’d like to see in the world.
Founded by:
Founded date:
2019
Funding:
N/A
# Employees:
11-50
Location:
San Francisco, California
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Uncommon Good

Uncommon Good is an end-to-end business solution and productivity platform for small businesses, solopreneurs, freelancers, and nonprofits. The platform allows users to streamline their operations, communications, marketing, financial tracking, custom website, fundraising, and more - all in one place.
Why we’re excited:
We understand the importance of solid infrastructure so we’re very excited to see Uncommon Good make it easier than ever for small businesses, solopreneurs, freelancers, and nonprofits to manage their operations with ease. Thanks to Uncommon Good it’s time to say goodbye to multiple software platforms and hello to affordable and customisable tools that grow with you
Founded by:
Founded date:
2020
Funding:
Seed US$ 3.6M
# Employees:
11-50
Location:
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
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