• Funders reiterate diversity commitment as Social Enterprise Support Fund reopens for applications

    England’s social enterprises have just one week to apply for emergency grants of up to £300,000, as the second round of the Social Enterprise Support Fund opens today.

  • Diversifying Brazil's Silicon Valley: innovation hubs boost start-ups in local communities

    Recife is the tech hub of Brazil, but the entrepreneurs working there are too often affluent white men. A recent project supports more women and Afro-Brazilians to test out new business ideas with promising results.

  • Long loan terms and small margins emerge as key lessons from trailblazing UK social investment fund

    Be patient, flexible and targeted to areas of need: new data from the UK's £142m Futurebuilders England Fund – launched back in 2004 – suggests lessons for what will make future social investment work.

  • Eight top tips on scaling a social enterprise through mass disruption

    Leading social entrepreneurs from around the world share some hard-won pearls of wisdom on how to sustain your work and grow your impact in tough times.

  • Futurebuilders is the future, not the past: Lessons from a pioneering social investment fund

    New data is released today from one of the UK's earliest social investment funds, the £142m Futurebuilders fund created in 2004. The lessons learned can help us to design the right kind of finance now, writes Social Investment Business CEO Nick Temple.

  • Impact Decoded: ‘We invest in solutions that are still being moulded into shape’

    In the latest in our series delving into the core components of investing for impact, the head of Italy-based fund OPES-LCEF describes a career-long philosophy of hunting out overlooked potential, coupled with a razor-sharp focus on the end user.