Earthworm was built out of a desire to do things differently. We wanted to prove that smart investment didn’t have to mean leaving your ethics at the door.

Our founder, Ben, had spent years working in corporate finance.
He understood how it all worked, but he didn’t like it. He saw greed trumping responsibility, and he saw exactly why people’s trust in the sector that they worked in had been lost.

So he created an investment model to be the antithesis of that. It would absolutely aim to make money for investors, just not by funding anything that wasn’t a force for environmental or social good. Earthworm was born.

And just like the projects we support, we make sure our business practices are sustainable too. After we pay back our investors, we ensure that 10% of our profits go to charitable causes, 10% goes to our employees and a further 10% is invested back into future innovation, ideas and development.

Company Timeline

December

2008

Planning is submitted to build a 30,000 tonne per annum composting facility. Earthworm is born!

December

2011

We successfully raise the £2m to build the facility through an EIS fund.

October

2012

The composting plant is completed - on time and on budget.

June

2014

We raise £3.34m in EIS funds for the launch of ‘Earthworm Energy’, our solar development business.

September

2016

We follow Earthworm Energy with ‘Reliance Energy’, our back-up power development business, raising £5m in EIS funds

October

2016

The original Earthworm composting plant successfully exits at £1.15 per share.

December

2016

Brand new Earthworm SEIS and EIS funds are launched

June

2017

Our total management funds pass the £50m mark for the first time

December

2017

Earthworm Energy, our solar development business, successfully exits at £1.30 per share.

February

2018

We submit plans to build the UK’s largest vertical herb and salad farm in Crowland, Lincolnshire – marking the beginning of ‘Earthworm Food

July

2018

We are nominated for ‘Best SEIS Investment Manager’ in the Growth Investor Awards 2018.

September

2018

Earthworm partners with the charity Solar Aid, which uses solar power to combat poverty and climate change in remote parts of Africa.

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Our Projects

Explore our current investment projects here. Whether in power, waste or food, get a feeling for the work we do and the opportunities on offer.

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Our Products

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