Financing Social Entrepreneurs

Hosted ByFergal Byrne

Financing Social Entrepreneurs interviews 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.

All Episodes

Episode 24 Interview with Jed Emerson

Jed Emerson has been an influential leader in changing the way capital is invested in order to drive social change, and coined the terms Blended Value and Total Portfolio Management.  He has been awarded a Life Time appointment to North America’s Top 100

Episode 23: Interview with Dr. Charly Kleissner, co-founder KL Felicitas Foundation

Dr. Charly Kleissner is a pioneer in the field of impact investment. He believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation (www.klfelicitasfoundation.o

Episode 22: Interview with Garvin Jabusch, Chief Investment Officer of Green Alpha Advisors

Garvin is the Chief Investment Officer of Green Alpha Advisors, an asset management firm that aims to use science-driven, fundamentals-based research to invest in companies whose innovative products and services will enable the transition toward a sustain

Episode 21: Interview with Tim Freundlich, President of ImpactAssets

Tim Freundlich is President of ImpactAssets, a boutique donor advised fund that specialises in socially responsible and impact investment options to mobilise human and financial capital towards a sustainable world. Tim is a long-term innovator in new fina

Episode 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. The firm was formed through the combin

Episode 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, and has helped som

Episode 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 entrepren

Episode 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, details the kinds of support th

Episode 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 th