Social enterprise has drifted too far from its roots, says pioneer of the movement Freer Spreckley, who calls for a return to six core principles. In part four of an exclusive series: why regenerative eco-action must guide every decision.
Dutch impact investor Polestar Capital hopes to grow fund to €400m within a year to plug a funding gap for high-potential eco-projects that will enable Netherlands to play a ‘pivotal role’ in the global transition towards a circular economy.
STREETS OF AMSTERDAM: A mum-to-be spotted a gap in the market for sustainably produced, gender-neutral kidswear. Now, through renting and repurposing, she’s helping to make a notoriously wasteful industry a little gentler on the planet.
Amsterdam Impact wants to make impact entrepreneurship the default way to do business – which means getting investors on board. Find out how the city is betting on collaboration over competition to spark more deals.
PLUS: ABN AMRO’s sustainable impact fund; UK’s £30m social investment pilot for housing; investor coalition supports ‘just transition’; NESsT gets grant to support impact enterprises in the Amazon region, and more.
STREETS OF AMSTERDAM: Entrepreneur Marius Smit was among the first to convince corporations to pay for the pleasure of picking up trash. Ten years on, his social enterprise Plastic Whale is making waves worldwide.
PLUS: Pioneering revenue-based fund launches in Scotland; Back Market raises $335m in “bullish” circular economy market; AU$8m boost for Queensland social enterprises; Dutch trio backs “truly disruptive” AI firm Envision – and more.