Financing Social Entrepreneurs
By Fergal Byrne
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Financing Social Entrepreneurs is a weekly podcast interviewing people who fund and support social innovation in different ways, grant providers, impact investors of various kinds, angel investors, foundations, family offices and more. They talk frankly about how they work, how they make investment, grant and funding decisions, what they will invest in, or support, and what they cannot— they talk about the pros and cons of different sources of funding, share lessons and insights, and provide invaluable advice for any social entrepreneur or innovator looking to finance a sustainable social business.
||CleanEpisode 20: Interview with Jason Scott, Encourage Capital||Jason Scott is a Co-Managing Partner and on the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital, an investment firm that seeks to change the way investment capital is used to solve critical environmental and social problems.||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 Interview with Rodney Schwartz, Founder of ClearlySo||Rodney is Founder of ClearlySo which works with high-impact businesses, charities and funds in the UK to raise capital, and introduces them to institutional and individual investors. ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank,||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 : Interview with Ron Cordes, founder of the Cordes foundation||Ron Cordes is a veteran of more than 30 years in the investment industry – he co-founded and then sold AssetMark Investment Services. In 2006, together with his wife Marty, Ron set up the Cordes Foundation — a family foundation focused on social en||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Interview with Susie Lee, chief investment officer at San Francisco-based RSF Social Finance, an innovative lending, giving and investing organization||In this podcast, Susie discusses RSF’s core integrated capital approach for delivering impact and catalyzing change. She also contrasts RSF’s “patient capital” approach with the transactional nature of commercial financing,||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Interview with Echoing Green’s Min Pease: latest research on the key barriers entrepreneurs face in getting access to capital and the main types of support they require.||Min Pease leads the impact investing program at Echoing Green where she supports Echoing Green Fellows seeking or receiving impact investment. In large part, this involves getting social entrepreneurs investment ready and helping them to find investors.||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Interview with Dr Emmett Carson, founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation,||Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) is the largest community foundation in the world, with more than $8 billion in assets under management. The community foundation serves the Silicon Valley community and offers donor advised funds and other||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Interview with Debra Schwartz, Managing Director of Impact Investments at the MacArthur Foundation||The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. Based in Chicago, the Foundation makes grants and impact investments to support non-profit organizations in Chicago, across the U.S.,||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Interview with Kevin Barenblat, founder of the Fast Forward accelerator||Kevin Barenblat is a highly experienced software entrepreneur with a passion for applying technology for good. He is a big believer that talented people can leverage technology to create scalable solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems.||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 Interview with Clara Miller, President of the Heron Foundation: Going all in at the Heron Foundation||Clara Miller is President of the Heron Foundation, a US foundation that helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Heron began as a grant-maker 25 years ago.||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Interview with Christine Looney and Graham MacMillan from the Ford Foundation||The Ford Foundation has long been a pioneer when it comes to supporting social change via social sector innovations such as the Green Revolution, microfinance, public-private partnerships in cities, and impact investment. In this interview,||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Interview with Joel Solomon, Chairman of Renewal Funds, co-author of the Clean Money Revolution||Joel Solomon is a highly experience social investor who has invested in over 100 early-growth stage companies in North America. Joel was instrumental in the development the Endswell Foundation, the largest, BC-based,||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Christie George, director of New media ventures: funding new media & technologies supporting progressive change||Christie is director of New media ventures –the first seed fund and national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change in the US. She has overseen investment into a growing port||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Interview with Tom Dawkins, founder of the StartSomeGood platform| How crowdfunding enables social innovation||In recent years crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way for entrepreneurs and others to raise money for businesses and projects that might otherwise not get funded. Tom Dawkins is founder of the StartSomeGood crowdfunding platform that is d.||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 Interview with Jim Sorenson: how Foundations can catalyse social entrepreneurship using PRIs||Jim Sorenson is a highly successful entrepreneur and business executive who has become a pioneer in the field of impact investing. Jim has built successful companies in sectors ranging from technology and life sciences to real estate and private equity.||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 How Ceniarth supports social entrepreneurs.||Ceniarth is a family office and related private foundation that supports social entrepreneurs delivering market-based solutions that improve livelihoods in underserved communities. Ceniarth primarily engages in developing economies in sectors such as||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 Interview with Min Pease, leader of Echoing Green’s impact investing program||Building on the interview with Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey in episode 4 of Financing Social Entrepreneurs, this episode focuses on Echoing Green’s new impact investment programme. Min Pease leads the impact investing program at Echoing Green||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 | Interview with Cheryl Dorsey, celebrating Echoing Green’s pioneering 30-year role supporting social entrepreneurs||Echoing Green is a leading global non-profit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change. The organisation is celebrating its 30 anniversary in 2017.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 | How the Mulago Foundation supports social entrepreneurs: Interview with Kevin Starr, CEO of the Mulago Foundation||Kevin Starr has been supporting social entrepreneurs for as long as the term has existed. He built the current incarnation of Mulago Foundation, a private foundation that funds early-stage social entrepreneurs devoted to maximum impact at scale in the .||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 | The changing face of impact investment: Interview with John Kohler, co-founder of Toniic, a global syndication network of impact investors, and Senior Director of Impact Capital at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social E||John is a highly experienced former business executive and venture capital investor now focussing on social innovation and impact investing. He is a co-founder of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors,||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 | How Omidyar Network invests: Interview with Scott Wu, partner at Omidyar Network, leader of the firm’s investment, finance, and legal operations||Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm that consists of a foundation and an impact investment firm. As such, the firm can provide whatever type of capital is necessary to support social innovation, whether grants or for-profit investments.||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great interviews with social entreprenuers
Great interviews with social entreprenuers.
They explain how they make investments, grant and funding decisions, and discuss the pros and cons of different sources of funding.
Interesting hearing them share lessons and insights, and provide advice for social entrepreneurs looking to finance a sustainable social business.
I think there are some profound insights in these initial interviews, great advice, and also some hard-hitting analysis of the state of impact investing today.
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