All social enterprises require funding at some point. This could be in the form of grants or loans, or something else entirely.
You may need outside finance from a foundation, philanthropist, bank or specialist social lender to:
Fortunately, there is an increasing variety of social investment options available to help you achieve social impact – loans, equity finance, bonds, and more. The impact investing market is expanding fast.
There’s a lot to think about though. Taking on social investment is not suitable for every organization or in all circumstances. By taking on investment, you are taking on risk. Remember, in most cases, the money is repayable.
You also need to be ready with the right structure, skills, and business model to attract investors. The more you can prepare, the more likely you are to secure funding and the less likely to run into problems later.
This ground-breaking series of courses cover all the basics of social finance. It helps you decide whether investment is right for you, what sources of funding are available for social enterprise activity, and how to raise the capital you need.
The investment-readiness training outlines the inside secrets of investors and provides you with all the tools, tips, and templates you will need to secure social enterprise funding.
On completion of the program you will be able to-
Taking outside investment may be an unfamiliar concept to you, or a complicated one at best. Learn all the basics of social finance, including the main sources of capital, what they can be used for, and who supplies them.
All successful social enterprises find the sweet spot between mission and money. Learn about the different businesses approaches that can be used to deliver your mission and how to design a responsible business model that will maximise impact.
Before approaching an impact investor, you will need to demonstrate the viability of your business idea. Learn how to quickly consider all of the essential elements that influence financial feasibility, and build a simple model to validate assumptions.
Before asking for investment in your business, you must ensure the numbers stack up. Learn how to combine market data with accurate modelling to see if your project makes sense, given your market and circumstances.
The financial data that you produce is only as good as the use you put it to. Find out how to analyse data from your financial model, how to present it, and how to use it to make your case for investment.
Social investors give money because they want social return, as well as financial return, and they need to be confident you can deliver both. Find out how investors assess impact and how you can produce a credible impact plan to satisfy their needs.
A carefully crafted business plan will help you explain to investors how you will use the money and how you will repay it. Learn how to assess your business model and strengthen your business plan based on investors’ most common requirements.
Before investing, an impact investor will really do their homework. Brace yourself. Learn more about the deal room documentation you will need to collect, how you can deliver the perfect pitch, and how to prepare for negotiating final terms.
This investment-readiness training is designed for social enterprises and purpose-led businesses of all kinds (Co-operative, B Corp, Social Purpose Corporation, Benefit Corporation, Community Interest Company (CIC), Low-Profit Limited Liability Company (L3C), etc.). It will also be particularly helpful to enterprising nonprofits and charities looking to take on repayable social enterprise funding for the first time.
Are you ready to take your social enterprise activity to the next level? Unsure of where to turn for the right investment? Confused by the terminology that impact investors use and their requirements? Uncertain about the implications and risks of taking on social investment?
Look no further, this is the program for you.