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Clare Jones The Crowdfunding Buzz and Social Impact
Clare Jones, posted on 23.07.14

A few months ago, my colleague Jonny wrote a blog about the crowdfunding honeymoon, considering the sale of Oculus Rift with nothing more than a nod for the supporters who backed them through crowdfunding. As entrepreneurs come to value more and more the crowd's potential, equity- rather than reward-based crowdfunding is growing.

Nowhere is the buzz around is more evident than in yesterday's world record; Crowdcube raised £1.2m in 16 minutes. Fundraising for their own business, they had already raised £3.8m from institutional investor Balderton Capital. 141 investors backed them - and I know many others who were disappointed they missed out on such a small window. With the backing of such an established investor, those 141 people knew the due diligence had been done, and that they wanted to be part of this crowdfunding buzz.

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Josef Jelinek Successful impact investing for Family Offices - A Report
Josef Jelinek, posted on 16.07.14

I recently joined ClearlySo as an intern and wanted to find out more about impact investing. I was especially interested in finding out about where Family Offices currently fit in this nascent, but rapidly growing, market.

Colleagues had mentioned a seminal 2011 report by Uli Grabenwarter and Heinrich Liechtenstein, "In search of gamma - an unconventional perspective on impact investing". I dutifully tracked it down - not hard to do, given the fact that it always seems to pop up top when conducting online searches under impact investing headings - and wiled away the hours (and days) ploughing through it.

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Mike Mompi Impact: on the angel agenda
Mike Mompi, posted on 14.07.14

This article was originally published by  Blue and Green Tomorrow.

In early July, I was fortunate enough to attend the  UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA) Angel Investment Awards. Every year, it is an exceptional event and well-attended by some of the most active angel investors and entrepreneurs from the very best early-stage businesses in the UK. There are various award categories, ranging from best investment in a disruptive technology business to angel investor of the year, and only recently, social impact investment of the year.

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Hannah Sheath Valuing your Business: Methodologies for entrepreneurs
Hannah Sheath, posted on 01.07.14

As we advise businesses and investors, some of the most common questions are around valuation. Valuing a business that creates social or environmental impacts has added complexity - on top of all the pitfalls of valuing any other company. This post offers a valuation methodology for entrepreneurs, to support them when they are looking  for investment to help them scale their impact.

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Rod Schwartz Third Sector, Rodney Schwartz | Sosyal girisimcilik
Rod Schwartz, posted on 27.06.14

This article was originally published in the Third Sector magazine and website.

Sosyal girisimcilik: some of you might have guessed the meaning of the first word, but I suspect few of you will know the second one means "entrepreneurship". It is remarkable that the letter "i" appears five times in a word with only 12 letters - my favourite word as a child was "antidisestablishmentarianism", which also has five "i's", but spreads them over 28 letters.

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Clare Jones Sustainability, Social Media and Sharing: how social media can tackle society's challenges
Clare Jones, posted on 09.06.14

With all the talk about climate change, supply chains and inequality over the last few months, we wanted to explore the role of social media in spreading sustainability messages. We asked two experts - Solitaire Townsend, Founder of Futerra and Cat Jones, who is researching sustainability and social media at SOAS, and works for Unruly - to talk us through their experience and their research on using social media for good. You can see the entire Google Hangout here, or watch a summary below:

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Suzanne Biegel Suzanne Biegel | The Women Effect: investing and impact
Suzanne Biegel, posted on 05.06.14

Suzanne Biegel's most recent article in Alliance magazine - on women effect investing:

Try this exercise. When you think "˜women' and "˜investing' what do you think about? This piece is going to ask you to think about the "˜women effect' as a factor across multiple dimensions where"˜women and girls' and "˜impact investing' come together. Across all asset classes, and a variety of stakeholders.

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Clare Jones Clearly Social Angels invest into tech for good start-up
Clare Jones, posted on 03.06.14

Third Space Learning uses tech to connect disadvantaged students with maths experts from around the world for one-to-one learning support, helping raise attainment and reduce social inequality in education. With a Clearly Social Angels impact investment, they are now able to scale their business.

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Hannah Sheath Leading childcare social enterprise secures landmark social investment deal
Hannah Sheath, posted on 30.05.14

We are pleased to announce that ClearlySo's client London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) has received £1.25m of social investment from leading social impact investors Big Issue Invest and Bridges Ventures.

LEYF is a charitable social enterprise that runs 26 community, workplace and children's centre nurseries across 7 inner London boroughs, employing over 400 staff and apprentices. LEYF has developed a mixed economy of provision which ensures children regardless of background can access high quality day care. 46% of children who attend LEYF nurseries from disadvantaged communities are supported through free or subsidised places.

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Clare Jones Pioneers Post | Why "social" businesses are a luxury we can't afford
Clare Jones, posted on 23.05.14

Pioneers Post recently published an article by ClearlySo's COO, Claire Braithwaite. After all the comment and debate recently about labels - social enterprise, social business, impact investing - Claire explores why we can no longer expect only those known as social enterprises or social businesses to be accountable for their impact.

Dr. Seuss has a book, The Lorax, that provides a perfect allegory for our sustainability challenges - and Claire's piece explores what that means for business (big and small).  We've put some choice extracts below, but head over to  Pioneers Post for the full article.

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