Our investment raising criteria for ventures raising from £300k to £20m+

At ClearlySo, we hear from over 1,200 entrepreneurs every year who are looking to raise investment. Our group of individuals and institutions invest in high-impact businesses and charities. Here you can see the criteria for early-growth ventures, those raising between £300k and £20m+.

The business must have: 

  • UK registration (impact may be local, national or international but it must be registered in the UK)
  • a clear market opportunity
  • a strong business model
  • validation and traction

As we only work with businesses focused on tackling social and environmental challenges (some of which might consider themselves social enterprises, social businesses or profit-with-purpose companies) they must also have:

  • demonstrable and scalable social or environmental impact (we are sector agnostic)
  • impact measurement or a plan for how impact will be measured and reported

 At this early growth stage, the business must have:

  • a strong team with relevant industry expertise
  • committed and active Board or Advisors

Our capital raising requirements mean that the business must be:

  • seeking investment capital of between £300k and £20m+
  • clarity on how funds will be used to scale the business operations
  • a timeframe for fundraising of no less than 3 months

To find out more about different legal forms for businesses focused on social impact, how to value your business, how to prepare for raising investment, or what our angel investors’ “ideal deals” look like, please check out our blog for entrepreneurs.

If you do not meet all the criteria above (particularly that relating to traction and market penetration), we would recommend that you explore resources offered by organisations such as UnLtd, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the accelerators and incubators in your area. You can read more in our Guide for the Ambitious Social Entrepreneur, while The Big Potential Fund offers support for certain charities and community organisations looking to raise investment.

If you do meet our criteria, please leave us your details – if we think your business might be a good fit, we will get in touch to find out more (due to the volume of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to all enquiries).