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Big money: do we lack the motivation or the capital to solve society’s problems?

The words social investment illicit excitement from many of us who see the powerful potential of bringing together the best of business with the social sector, but it is not without its critics. Even those who know it well have questions around its effectiveness, accessibility and scale bringing us to the questions: are we doing […]

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A helping hand to secure investment

Social investment can play an important role in the growth and sustainability of social enterprises and charities, but it’s not always plain sailing to secure a deal. Matt Black sets out some of the challenges and explains how advisers can help social organisations to secure investment on their terms. While the idea of social entrepreneurship […]

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The (un)mysterious art of financial forecasting

Mystified by financial modelling? Investment Associate Caroline Hickson explains why you shouldn’t be. On my CV, it says I was previously a financial analyst at a large investment bank. However, I prefer to say that actually I was something of a fortune teller. Men and women (well, mainly men – gender equality was somewhat lacking) […]

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How can you translate your vision into an investable proposition?

How do you go about exciting social investors with your investment idea? Having clear aims and a social impact are a must, as is a strong financial case, explains investment manager Sarah Chu. Start by writing down exactly what your social enterprise wants to achieve. Think it’s crystal clear? Try and explain it to someone […]

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Six new ventures join the Health Social Innovators Programme in London

The second cohort of social entrepreneurs tackling healthcare and wellbeing challenges in England have joined the accelerator in February 2016. Health Social Innovators, a pioneering accelerator programme for social ventures in health, has welcomed six exciting companies on to the second cohort. The programme is a collaboration between UCL Business PLC and Numbers for Good, […]

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