News and Views

  • 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.

  • Coalition calls for urgent rewrite of UK Companies Act as solution to post-Covid recovery

    “We are aiming high because we have no other option” - new campaign from business leaders, academics, legal experts, social enterprise support bodies and regional authorities calls for immediate shakeup of company law.

  • Upcycling for change: transforming lives through entrepreneurship in South Africa

    In a tough Cape Town township, residents are starting enterprises that make good use of discarded tyres, wood, plastic and glass. This could be a route out of poverty for many, not only in South Africa but beyond.

  • Social investment must “take root” in Africa as continent recovers from Covid-19

    Africa’s venture philanthropy leader highlights innovative finance deals could help bridge massive funding gap to meet Sustainable Development Goals.