What have you always wanted to know about social investment, but never had the chance to ask?

Social investment is the use of repayable finance to help an organisation achieve a social purpose.

Brought to you by Good Finance in partnership with Hatch, Ask the Investor gives you the opportunity to put your questions directly to a panel of social investors. Our panel will be on hand to offer their top tips and advice for social enterprises and charities trying to navigate or learn more about social investment and share more about some of the finance and support available.

What do you actually need to consider when exploring social investment? Who are the social investors? How does it differ from borrowing from a bank? What does the application process involve and how long does it take? What support can investors offer when things don't quite go to plan?

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Slides and links

What is social investment?

Triodos Bank - presentation slides

UnLtd - presentation slides

Crowdfunder - presentation slides

Crowdfunder - community shares

Hatch website

Jargon Buster

Is it right for us?

Investor directory

Outcomes matrix

Pre-investment support


Welcome and introductions

Olivia McLoughlin, Senior Communications & Engagement Officer, Big Society Capital; Cecilia Verissimo, Community Manager, Hatch

An introduction to social investment

In this short explainer you'll learn about the basics of social investment - what it is, how it works alongside other forms of finance and what are the main types.

Annie Constable, Senior Digital Communications Officer, Good Finance

Who are the investors?

Each of our investors will share a brief overview of their organisations and the main types of social investment they offer.

You'll hear from: Tanya Aritao, Portfolio Manager, UnLtd; Toyin Miller, Senior Relationship Manager and Diana Gerry, Senior Corporate Finance Manager, Triodos Bank; Jason Nuttall, Programme Director, Crowdfunder

Audience Q&A

An opportunity to put your questions directly to our panel of social investors.

End of session

What resources are available and where can you find out more when it comes to social investment?