Ways to raise money, exciting jobs, alternative funds launching, new ownership models
Actionable insights for funders, founders & allies
Hi! I’m Esme, founder of Atmos. After a 3 month hiatus, I’m back with a new newsletter. Same format, different name. We talk about alternative funding, shared ownership, and building in a better way. I’ll try and always make this the best thing you read on the last Sunday of the month.
Last week, Emma Shaw, Co-founder of Library of Things shared an incredible story, the real ‘how-to guide for social enterprises pursuing purpose over profit. You rarely see examples of UK companies raising patient, flexible, and mission-aligned capital. Even rarer is to find one that embeds purpose into its very design with a Steward Ownership governance model. BUT Library of Things did it. They raised £500K from 22 individuals and 1 institution that said yes to a radical investment agreement.
Seven months ago, I launched a course with Impact Shakers on How to raise Alternative Funding. I knew that I wasn’t the only one who had struggled to fundraise and find aligned capital. We’ve run two cohorts so far and helped over 40 founders figure out their fundraising strategy. So, I thought it was about time to tackle another hard but big topic that people constantly ask me about - How to build in Governance and Ownership.
In the same spirit as the Alternative funding course, I’ve partnered with another great team, Consequential and the wonderful Zebras Unite to run a brand new course at an affordable price to see what interest there is in this topic. We launched last week and 1/3 of the seats are already filled.
If you have a business or an idea and are excited about building it with impact, but are looking for clarity over what options, models, and practices are right for you then this is the only course out there that can help you figure it all out.
What Else Is In This Issue 🗞
Alternative funds launching
New ownership models
Paul Hamlyn Foundation | Appointing a new trustee
Social Investment Business | Hiring a Diversity Forum Associate, part-time
Big Society Capital | Hiring an Investment Manager
Social Tech Trust | Hiring an Investment Analyst
📅 Zebras Unite | Adventure Finance with Aunnie Patton Power, June 24
Diversity VC | Parental Leave Guide for VCs
For Founders and Allies
Organise | Hiring for 6 roles
EY| Accelerator targeting social enterprises supporting young people
Village Capital | A new Fintech and Healthtech Accelerator
The Trampery | A two-day decelerator for entrepreneurs to reprioritise and reflect
Stir to Action | The UK’s first Employee Ownership Accelerator
Start.Coop | An online course for folks building co-operatively-owned businesses
📅 Huckle Tree | Fireside chat with sustainability champions, Toast Ale
How to genuinely lock-in purpose for the long term and protect your mission through steward ownership | Pioneers Post
Why you don’t always need investors to build a business | Sophia Amoruso
Grants | Innovate UK funding available for SME’s
Accelerators | Applications open for Bethnal Green Ventures flagship program
Rewards-based Crowdfunding | Raise capital directly from your customers
Impact Investors | A global list of 172+ impact investors
Revenue-based provider Uncapped founded by Asher Ismail & Piotr Pisarz raises $80m in funding.
Delivered by Firstport and Social Enterprise, Scotland is set to launch a new Catalyst Fund offering patient, revenue-based investment to social enterprises.
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