Three social enterprises prepare to enter the ‘Shark Tank’

26 organisations. Three pitches. And some very hungry sharks.


Biodynamic Land Trust, Soul of Africa and Good-Loop will be practising their investment pitches at the Good Deals + Beyond Good Business  conference next Tuesday 13th March.  Each have hopes of raising funds ranging from £25k to £1m to take their businesses to the next level.  

The conference delivered by Pioneers Post and Hatch is the UK’s leading annual social enterprise and impact investment event, and will see over 300 social entrepreneurs, investors and advisors come together at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London.

The event will finish with the ‘Shark Tank’ live pitching session in the central auditorium. Investment ‘sharks’ Megan Peat (RBS), Andy Hodgetts (Buzzacott), and Meena Manian (Resonance) will be chewing over their pitches, and delegates will be voting for which of the pitchers they think will sink or swim. At the end of the session, the audience will vote for their favourite pitch.  

A roundtable at last year's Good Deals and Beyond Good Business event

A roundtable at the Good Deals and Beyond Good Business event 2017

Out of 26 applicants, the final three were chosen for their diversity, originality, and clear roadmaps of financial goals.

Biodynamic Land Trust, which has secured over 300 acres for sustainable farming purposes, is looking for £120k to fund the completion of a multi-purpose low-carbon community centre and development of charitable business systems. Pitching for the trust will be executive director Gabriel Kaye and communications manager Elisabeth Winkler.

Shoe making social enterprise Soul of Africa will be represented by managing director Dulma Clark, who is seeking £250k to develop her management team and a new kids’ sneakers range.

CEO Amy Williams will represent Good-Loop, which has so far generated £8.6m towards converting advertising money into funding for charitable causes, and needs over £250k to scale up its business.

In addition to the three chosen to pitch, the organisers hope that all the social ventures seeking finance will find the investment and support they need.

The full list of organisations looking for investment is as follows:


Insight for Good - events and marketing


Ask Inclusive Finance - funding for over 1,500 businesses in disadvantaged communities UK-wide

Hope in Hell Theatre - start up and staffing costs

LoveWell - setting up of a new kitchen and lab

Lucy with a why - funding pro bono marketing to charities

The Canvas - improving operations and  social impact


Commonplace - converting the bus into a functional and beautiful event space

Coventry Priory - installing a cafe/bar and extending event programme

Females of Empowerment - supporting healing retreats for vulnerable women

Shape History - supporting the Shape History Academy programme

Stand4 - scaling the business

The Clothes Club -  building and testing the new app

Whatiscollective - supporting six upcoming events


Enrol Yourself - expanding to eight regions

EnSo Impact - building a team, equipping key resources

Grant A Smile - supporting parents battling chronic illness and terminal conditions

Juta Shoes - starting up a skills training programme

Red Dragon Manufacturing Ltd (ROOF) - moving to bigger premises

The Biodynamic Land Trust - building a new low-carbon community centre

Work for Good - growing the team and resources


Deciwatt  - building the commercial team

Good-Loop - growing the team and scaling up

Soul of Africa - opening kids’ sneakers range and developing management team


How Do I? - developing partnerships

Start Again - purchasing premises and re-development


Community Power Cornwall - acquiring and re-financing existing renewable installations

Dignity Platform - support for the fundraising marketplace