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 09.30 – 10.30 Registration, coffee and networking

Pick up your badge, grab a coffee and connect with fellow attendees.

10.30 – 10.40 Welcome to Addressing Imbalance Live 

We set the scene for what you can expect throughout the day.

10.40 – 10.55 Building an equitable social impact movement

Charities, social enterprises and community groups across the country are addressing societal challenges and transforming, How can we collaborate, influence and demonstrate impact to ensure money reaches communities that need it the most? 

11.00 – 11.20 What is social investment?

Social investment is only one tool in your financial toolkit, but how does it work, and where does it sit alongside other forms of funding? Most importantly – how can it support your business and enable you to scale your impact?

11.20 – 11.50 Coffee and networking

11.55 – 12.35 Building capacity: what support is available to help your organisation achieve its mission?

Accessing capital to establish or grow your organisation and scale your impact can be daunting, not to mention difficult to navigate. Where can you get advice and practical help to support with your business development? In this panel, our speakers discuss some of the avenues available to help early stage enterprises to build resilience.

• Social investment and enterprise development support

• Legal and governance support

• Training and knowledge building 

Speakers include: 

Lisa Raftery, Head of Grants, Social Investment Business

Ana Van Bilsen Irias, Programme Manager, Access - The Foundation for Social Investment

12.40 – 13.30 Lunch and networking

Connect with peers, colleagues and investors in our informal lunchtime networking session.

13.35 – 14.15 True Life Stories: How I got money in the bank

In this session, gain real life insights from leaders who have accessed capital to scale their impact. We hear from leaders who have taken on social investment, in addition to other forms of funding and learn how it has enabled their organisations to thrive.

Speakers include:

Lizzie Jordan, Founder, Think2Speak

Fuad Mahamed, Chief Executive, Ashley Community Housing

Grace McCorkle, Co-Chief Executive, Collaborative Women


Amir Rizwan, Relationships Director, Big Society Capital

14.20 – 15.00 How can you harness your voice to influence investors?

The voices of many have been underrepresented when it comes to influencing the type of investment needed by their communities. Who could be better placed to speak to the social impact being made in communities and the support needed than those on the frontline? In practical terms, how is lived experience influencing funding and support? In this session, we hear directly from investors, frontline organisations and communities who have been involved in fund creation.

Speakers include:

Rhea Fofana, Portfolio Manager, UnLtd

Duncan Fogg, Lead Consultant, Shift

Kunle Olulode MBE, Director, Voice4Change England

15.00 – 15.15 Comfort break

15.20 – 16.00 A blueprint for a better future

In conversation, our speakers examine what the future of social investment looks like. What progress has been made, and what change is needed to better serve people and communities? In this session, we delve into the opportunities and possibilities of a better future, with lived experience and diverse representation at the helm.

Speakers include:

Bayo Adelaja, Founder and Chief Executive, Do It Now Now

Kevin Osborne, Founder and Chief Executive, MeWe360

Ishita Ranjan, Senior Project Manager, Good Finance, Founder and Director, Spark & Co