Welcome to Invest in Change

The world needs positive action. We can help make that happen. Change is often driven by dynamic new companies. Investing in purpose-led start-ups and other innovative companies is a powerful way to improve the world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to drive positive change through promoting sustainable positive capitalism. We want to see more companies put social and environmental good at the heart of business. We believe that positive impact is part of a well balanced balance sheet. The biggest changes are achieved by successful companies.

What We Do

We connect Angel Investors with a conscience, to companies that can do good whilst making money. We believe that profit and purpose can go together.

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Invest in Change features investment opportunities which should give a financial return, as well as do good. We focus on profit-making companies with a positive impact -- sometimes called "Zebra Companies". We are flexible though: we will also promote bonds with charities and social enterprises.
Zero, none at all, nothing, and we take no commission. We are entirely supported by donations, primarily from Good-Loop.
Not at present. Nor do we provide investment advice. We connect angel investors with companies seeking funding and other investment opportunities. We may open a fund in the future.
The company must deliver a positive impact as a core part of what it does, and without significant negative impacts. Beyond that basic rule of "Do Good!", we are open-minded. We look for high-impact companies. We evaluate each company on a case-by-case basis for its impact potential -- plus financial risk and return.

Examples might be:

  1. Software - e.g. for charities, or to address a commmunity need. Software is capable of global scale and good financial returns in a comparatively short time-frame.
  2. Community - e.g. providing facilities from markets to care-homes to support local communties.
  3. Education - particularly if addressing a neglected area.
  4. Retail - e.g. providing a more environmentally sound product.
  5. Healthcare - e.g. developing new medical products.

Typically companies seeking from £25,000 to £250,000 is the right range for angel investors, and usually a number of angels contribute. This is often early-stage investment.

For the individual Angel - cheque size depends on how the company is raising. £10,000 is a common investment level for companies raising via angel syndicates. But investments can start much lower -- as low as £20 -- for companies using crowd-funding.

Investing in early-stage and other growth-focussed businesses can be very rewarding, but it involves a number of risks and challenges. It is risky - the value of your investments can go up or down, sometimes rapidly. You should only invest money you can afford to lose. Investing in companies which aren't on the stock market has the added issue that you cannot withdraw your money when you choose.
Resources

Related Organisations

UK-Based
  • Clearly So Investors and angels syndicate. Annual fee £2,500.
  • Big Issue invest Impact investing by working with private and institutional investors, corporates, and foundations to deliver significant social impact, whilst generating a financial return.
  • Big Society Capital Provides relevant industry news and UK-based social impact investments.
  • Can Invest A resource for investors seeking to invest and UK-based charities/social-enterprises seeking investment.
  • Bethnal Green Ventures Investing in early stage ventures that radically change peoples lives for the better.
  • Resonance Connects investors with a range of impact investment opportunities by creating and managing a number of high social impact investment funds.
  • More organisations: awesome-techforgood
US-Based
  • RSF Social Finance Funding Provides investment opportunities for social enterprises in the US
  • AngelList Offers investment opportunities alongside notable lead investors and diversification options like an Index Fund along with a network of investing support.
International
  • Good Tech Ventures Africa VC firm focusing on for-profit tech-for-good ventures in Africa.
  • Numbers for Good Advisors / consultants for companies and investors. Can advise investors seeking to create positive social change and generate financial returns.

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UK-Based
  • Good Finance provides information for charities / social-enterprises.
  • SIS (Social Investment Scotland), including SIS Ventures. Investment and loans for Scottish based companies.
  • Nesta impact investment UK government agency for funding innovation to tackle the major challenges faced by older people, children and communities in the UK.
  • Big Issue invest Can provide loans of between £20,000 and £3 million to social enterprises and charities in the UK.
  • RBS Social and Community Capital
  • Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) Investment funds. Has limited ability to support for-profit companies.
  • Can Invest A resource for investors seeking to invest and UK-based charities/social-enterprises seeking investment.
  • UnLtd Funding of £500 to £15,000 for start-ups and upto £150,000.
  • Bethnal Green Ventures Offers investment in early stage ventures and runs an accelerator programme twice a year to help tech for good ventures launch and scale their businesses.
  • Bridges Ventures Social Entrepreneurs Fund Providing sustainable and impact investments since 2002.
  • Resonance Offers advisory services to help social enterprises and charities raise capital from like-minded investors.
  • Social Finance A nonprofit working in the UK and internationally to combine data, investment, idea incubation, design in partnership with governments, the social sector and investors.
US-Based
  • AngelList Recruit top talent (developers, designers, etc.) by posting job availabilities for free
International
  • Mustard Seed Venture capital, investing in high growth impact.
  • European Founder Society Establishing a network and providing resources for European purpose-driven tech founders working to impact: Environment, Water & Food, Health, or Energy.
  • Numbers for Good Advisors / consultants for companies and investors.

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