Friday 18th May
Investing In Social Entrepreneurs
This panel includes a number of important social investment sources of finance and has the objective to showcase that social businesses will have access to streams of capital that may be inaccessible to a business without social impact. With Ashoka (the world’s largest collection of Social Entrepreneurs), Unltd and the social angels network in attendance the session promises to be an important view into the world of social enterprise and social business.
12.00 - 12.45: Arrivals, networking & light lunch
12.45 - 12.55: Farid Haque, Campaign Director of StartUp Britain introduces the panelists and outlines the debate topic on Investing in Social Entrepreneurs
12.55 - 2.00: Panel Debate and Q&A
2.00 - 2.30: Networking and refreshments
Delegates who attend this session will be in for a chance to win one of ten copies of the book 'Start Something That Matters', by Blake Mycoskie - Founder of TOMS
Mark Cheng, Director of Ashoka Uk
Mark is the Director of Ashoka UK and its senior Advisor on social finance. Since joining Ashoka in 2007, he has assisted many social entrepreneurs in raising investment for social causes, in particular in the areas of micro-finance and renewable energy for developing markets. Mark is also the founding Director of Chelwood Capital, a social investment firm that supports social mission-driven organizations and which has raised and invested more than £20m of investment to date for early stage social enterprises, as well as launching three social venture funds. He has more than 15 years’ experience in finance, with experience both as a project financier with Deutsche Bank and Ambac Assurance and more recently as a social venture capitalist.
Ashoka is the world’s foremost network of leading social entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 1981, Ashoka has been providing stipends and support for over 30 years to many of the world’s leading social innovators, fostering system change in areas ranging from sustainable agriculture to human rights, poverty alleviation, education and citizen empowerment. Today there are over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows operating in 75 countries. Ashoka is committed to a world in which everyone can be a change-maker and works with many different partners, including corporations, governments and citizen sector organizations, to mobilize resources to help scale up the impact of the social entrepreneurs that it supports.
Gareth Zahir-Bill, UnLtd
Gareth has over 15 years experience in providing commercial and corporate finance. He has spent the past 8 years financing organisations with environmental and social aims. He was instrumental in establishing the UKs first investment fund established to invest in Social Enterprises.
Gareth represents UnLtd – The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. His role is to firstly, support the scaling up of social enterprises by helping them to attract investment and secondly to help investors who are interested in investing in Social Enterprises find new deals.
UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. They do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality.
Suzanne Biegel, Clearly Social Angels Network
Suzanne Biegel leads the Clearly Social Angels network and is a senior adviser at ClearlySo, and is an active angel investor, philanthropist, non executive board member, and adviser to early stage firms and investors. After an early career with IBM and an IBM-funded startup, she joined and then led an e-learning startup in the US, growing it to over 200 employees with significant revenue and profitability. She and her partner were recipients of the Fast 50, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Los Angeles, and sold the business in 1998. Since that time, Suzanne has been part of several management teams for early stage companies, as well as both investing her own capital and raising startup capital for new ventures. She most recently was the Chief Exec at Investors' Circle in the US, an investor network focused on sustainability and social impact.
ClearlySo's guiding mission is to "help social entrepreneurs and social businesses succeed" by providing investment readiness and capital raising services. Working directly with the best social enterprises and businesses to structure their offerings, and translate that opportunity to investors, ClearlySo is uniquely positioned to be a bridge for entrepreneurs and investors with a social as well as financial return expectation. Clearly Social Angels is the investor network of ClearlySo, including angel investors, early stage venture capital firms, and philanthropists who invest into social impact companies.
Theresa Burton, CEO & Co-Founder of Buzzbnk
Theresa is CEO and Co-founder of Buzzbnk, an on-line crowd-funding platform bringing social ventures looking for start-up or growth capital together with like-minded people keen to participate in a new way of funding social change. Funds can be raised in a variety of ways, from offering fun and engaging benefits, in return for goods or services, or as a loan.
Buzzbnk, a Social Enterprise LLP, has recently won an Innovation in Giving award, a fund created by the UK Cabinet Office and NESTA, which backs innovative ideas for increasing participation in social and environmental change. During Buzzbnk’s first year of operation, it has helped 26 projects raise over £250,000 for socially- and environmentally-minded projects.
Before co-founding and setting up Buzzbnk in 2009 with serial social entrepreneur Michael Norton OBE, Theresa spent 16 years as a senior manger in the private sector, delivering global e-business, internet and internal business solutions for two large international corporations, the most recent with Swiss Re. In2008 she completed a Sloan Fellowship MBA/MSc at London Business School. Most recently she was selected as a “Make a Wave” fellow in the Ogunte programme for women social entrepreneurs.
StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.
The campaign was founded by eight entrepreneurs and launched in 2011 by the Prime Minister. It is now owned and run by the Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank. It is supported by NatWest, 123 Reg and .UK.
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