ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, announced today that Octopus has taken a 12.3% stake in the company as part of a £1.25 million growth funding round.
Octopus, a fast-growing UK fund management company and the largest provider of venture capital trusts (VCTs) in the UK, will become the largest single institutional investor in the firm and Octopus Co-Founder Chris Hulatt will join the ClearlySo board as a non-executive director.
What is the gritty reality of social investment? If I were being cruel I would start by misquoting a saying most frequently credited to the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius “Life is really simple, but lawyers insist on making it complicated. “
We know that all too often there is a mismatch between the hype of social investment and the gritty reality. Part of this is a mismatch of expectations – between the social investor with the money, and the social enterprise looking to raise finance. And in my experience, this mismatch is particularly striking around the issue of governance.
Writing in today's Guardian, Katie Allen looks at how K10 is using social investment from Impact Ventures UK (which Big Society Capital invested into) to support young people into apprencticeships in the construction industry.
Early attempts to introduce payment by results into public services may have been met with scepticism, but the coalition government made important progress in developing new commissioning mechanisms that focus on paying for outcomes rather than simply paying for services, and showed a willingness to learn. Read more in The Guardian >>
Despite growing demand for charity services, concerted attempts to take proven approaches to scale are few and far between, with successful examples even rarer. This paper proposes ways of assessing the viability of scaling in different contexts.
A new £15 million challenge prize has today been launched to catalyse private sector demand for social investment in the UK. The Business Impact Challenge, launched by social investment bank Big Social Capital, is looking for the best idea for a high-impact investment that generates strong business and social value in the UK.
Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP (“Cheyne Capital”), one of Europe’s leading alternative investment managers, has launched the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund (“the Fund”) to help tackle the chronic shortage of housing solutions for disadvantaged groups in the UK.