Changing how social investment gets done

An investee-focussed approach to designing and developing practical social investment solutions that meet the real needs of social enterprises and charities, their funders and investors.

Our mission

To make social investment more accessible, attuned and responsive to the needs of social enterprises and charities

We set out to enable collaborative investee-focussed approaches to social investment creation and to transform more widely the way in which social investment products and services get designed and delivered.

Social investment should be a useful mechanism to scale and support social enterprises and charities, yet many organisations are frustrated with how it currently works. We believe that the simple idea of flipping around the way that social investment products and services get designed can have a radical impact on the way the current social investment marketplace works.

Our approach

Our work is focussed in three areas

01/ Research into the development of the social investment market and access to finance for social enterprises and charities.

02/ Engagement with providers and potential users of social investment products.

03/ Action working with stakeholders to develop products and support services the meet demand and promote positive social change.

Background to Flip Finance

Flip Finance is an initiative that has been built off the back of the Alternative Commission on Social Investment and Social Invest Fest!. It is led by a collective of researchers, social entrepreneurs and designers who work across the social investment sector and wider social enterprise space in the UK.

Published in March 2015, the Alternative Commission on Social Investment investigated what is wrong with the UK social investment market and made practical suggestions for how the market could be made more accessible and relevant to a wider range of organisations that work to bring about positive social change. The report provided an evidence-led starting point for the thinking, hacking and prototyping that took place at Social Invest Fest! in April 2015 - two days of intensive collaboration focussed on designing and developing tangible and actionable solutions to make social investment more relevant and accessible to social enterprises and charities.

Join the community

We run events, create and pilot projects and carry out supporting research, all with the aim of developing social investment products and services that better meet the needs of both the investee and investor.

We are building a community that’s active in this approach. If you're interested in finding out more or working with us, do get in touch.

Flip Finance is funded by:

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