What are the key components needed for a social investment intermediary to be financially sustainable and effectively deliver products, support and/or services that benefit charities and social enterprises?
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.
Throughout the developing world, there are an increasing number of entrepreneurs providing solutions to poverty, and there is also an increasing number of investors willing to allocate capital to these entrepreneurs in order for them to scale their operations, since only at scale can they realistically seek to meet their social missions.
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. “
Big Society Capital, the UK-based Social Investment Institution, and Cambridge Associates, the global investment adviser, have pioneered a radical new approach for managing Treasury portfolios, in a move that could propel the UK’s social investment market to a new level.