Our Story

ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with enterprises and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact.

Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo is based in London, UK and has helped more than 140 clients raise more than £250 million in impact investment from its extensive network of institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. ClearlySo has also supported and informed thousands of other businesses and individuals about impact investing through events, advisory sessions and reports.

ClearlySo envisions a world where the financial system is a powerful force for good and the impacts of businesses are considered in all investment decisions. The firm believes that impact has become the third dimension in investment decisions, and this is changing the financial system for the better. Businesses can be both high-return and high-impact – there is no trade off.

ClearlySo has unparalleled access to institutional investors from across Europe and high-net-worth individuals from the UK. It uses these networks to help enterprises and impact funds in transactions ranging from £250,000 to £40 million for enterprises and up to £250 million for funds. The team is skilled in financial markets, yet uniquely capable of balancing financial considerations and impact. ClearlySo also manages the UK’s largest impact-focused angel investing network.

The firm has won several awards, including being awarded the Impact Investment Firm of the Year (2017) by the Green Finance and Innovation Awards and the Business Consultancy of the Year (2016) by the British Small Business Awards. It has worked on four of the deals that won the UK Business Angels Association Impact Investment of the Year award out of the past five years it has been awarded (including 2017).

Our Vision

Our vision is of a world where the financial system is a powerful force for good and the impacts of businesses are considered in all investment decisions.

It is our mission to bring impact as the third dimension into investing, where all investors consider risk, return and impact – creating an environment for entrepreneurs and businesses that make a difference to thrive.

Our Values

We seek to be a different kind of organisation – one that constantly challenges the status quo, finding ways to innovate and grow the market.

ClearlySo is an intermediary in the truest sense of the word; we connect and bring together diverse parties to create new models and ways of doing business.

Our team of experts are committed to client service and to our vision of the financial system as a force for good. Embodying the model that we advocate, we firmly believe that businesses can be both high-return and high-impact.

Our Backers & Partners

ClearlySo is backed by three institutions and 50+ angel investors, including impact pioneer Gordon Roddick (co-founder of the Body Shop).

ClearlySo’s Board of Directors includes:

Joseph Krant

Non-Executive Director

(former CEO of Dutch merchant bank, Kempen, sold to Fortis for €1.3 billion)

Tracy Lewis

Non-Executive Director

(previously CEO of Wacoal, and currently NXD at ITG and Staffline)

Chris Hulatt

Non-Executive Director

(co-founder and co-Head of Octopus Investments)