From the ground up
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 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.
Planning is submitted to build a 30,000 tonne per annum composting facility. Earthworm is born!
We successfully raise the £2m to build the facility through an EIS fund.
The composting plant is completed – on time and on budget.
We raise £3.34m in EIS funds for the launch of Earthworm Energy, our solar development business.
We follow Earthworm Energy with Reliance Energy, our back-up power development business, raising £5m in EIS funds.
The original Earthworm composting plant successfully exits at £1.15 per share.
Brand new Earthworm SEIS and EIS funds are launched.
Our total funds under management pass the £50m mark for the first time.
Earthworm Energy, our solar development business, successfully exits at £1.30 per share.
Reale Basil (part of the Earthworm SEIS Fund) submits plans to build the UK’s largest vertical herb and salad farm in Crowland, Lincolnshire.
We are nominated for ‘Best SEIS Investment Manager’ in the Growth Investor Awards 2018.
Earthworm partners with the charity, Solar Aid, which uses solar power to combat poverty and climate change in remote parts of Africa.
Explore our current investment projects here. Whether in power, waste, food or the built environment, get a feeling for the work we do and the opportunities on offer.Find out more
Explore our fund options, including our Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS), our new Access and Growth Bonds and our upcoming Inheritance Tax Service.Find out more
Investing in our products will place your capital at risk and you may not get back the full amount invested.Read more
If you want to find out more about the what drives us at Earthworm and the work we do, contact us here.Get in touch