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ClearlySo ClearlySo is an impact investment firm focused on bringing impact to the investment mainstream. We work exclusively with high-impact businesses, charities and funds. We support their capital raising activity through financial advisory work, and introduce them to institutional and individual investors who share their objectives and values. We also run the UK's first impact-focused angel network, Clearly Social Angels. 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.

OVERVIEW

Description

We give investors access to a range of impact investment opportunities, spanning many deal sizes, sectors and structures, as well as into businesses creating diverse social and environmental impacts.

Individual investors

As part of our impact investor network, you have personalised access to screened deals, invitations to pitch and education events and the opportunity to join Clearly Social Angels, the UK’s first impact angel network.

You can see examples of impact investments made by our investors over the past two years and read more about impact investing on our blog.

Institutional Investors

We provide structured investment opportunities in the form of debt (including bonds and loans) and/or equity into high-impact organisations.

Our institutional investor network includes banks, pension funds, foundations, housing associations and local authorities. Investments span many impact areas, including housing, health and social care, environment and education.

Growth Stage Ventures

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 £150k and £1.5m: https://www.clearlyso.com/clearlyso-investment-raising-criteria-angel-network/

FUNDING TYPES AND CRITERIA

INVESTMENT RANGE:

$200,000 - $40,000,000

INTERESTED IN THESE SECTORS

Agriculture; Arts, Culture, Handicrafts; Civic Participation; Clean and Green Technology; Communications / Media / ICT; Disabilities; Disaster Recovery; Distribution / Supply Chain; Education; Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation; Energy; Enterprise Development, SME; Environment, Climate Change; Fair Trade, Organic Products; Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance; Food and Nutrition; Health; Housing, Shelter, Homelessness; Mobile; Natural Resources / Conservation; Peace and Security; Sanitation, Waste Management; Tech; Training, Technical Assistance Services; Water; Web, SaaS, Online Tech; Women, Girls

Stages

  • 4) Early Customer Traction, Revenue
  • 5) Starting to See Strong Revenue Traction
  • 6) Solidifying Operations
  • 7) Rapid Growth
  • 8) Exit or Mature Business

social vs. financial return preference

  • 3: Balanced

Types of entities

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid
  • Other

providing funding for these regions

  • Europe
  • Global

funding types

  • Debt
  • Rev Share / Quasi Equity
  • Convertible
  • Equity
  • Other

DEALS