What is CSA?
Clearly Social Angels (CSA) is the UK’s first angel investor network dedicated to impact investment for businesses that create positive social and environmental change, run by ClearlySo.
CSA is a group of active, committed and experienced investors in the UK supporting the best and brightest impact-focused organisations. The group is run in London by ClearlySo, an impact investment firm. We meet in central London every month to discover some of the country’s most inspiring entrepreneurs with compelling and innovative solutions to social and environmental problems. If you are an angel investor and would like to know more about joining CSA, then please register your interest or contact Katrina Cruz if you have any questions.What is impact investing ?
What lights me up? Getting to use my experience, contacts and capital to help entrepreneurs who are making a social and environmental impact. It’s one of the best ways I can make a difference – by supporting entrepreneurs who aim
to deliver social as well
as financial returns.
Founding Angel Investor
How it works
Members of CSA meet in central London on a monthly basis to hear pitches from the most exciting and investible entrepreneurs in the country, to meet and network with other investors and to receive education and insights about impact investing.
ClearlySo is the organisation behind the CSA network and is responsible for providing the group with pre-screened and diversified deal flow. ClearlySo works closely with entrepreneurs to optimise their investment proposition and only take forward the strongest candidates who are looking for between £200k and £1.5m in debt or equity. Many of our investments are eligible for EIS tax relief or social investment tax relief, which was introduced by the Cabinet Office in 2014 to help de-risk impact investments for private investors.
CSA membership is priced at £1000 a year (+ VAT) and members are expected to have the capacity to commit to one deal per year and share due diligence.Register Your Interest
Some of Our Investments
CSA is for angel investors that are motivated by social and financial impact, and that understand that angel investing can be challenging and rewarding.
We strive to be an active community of shared learning, engagement and difficult questions – while our diverse members enjoy meeting and networking with each other too. Investors come from many different backgrounds, including entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business experts, people and couples representing their families, investment bankers, and many others.
We focus on connecting with and investing into businesses and enterprises that are past the proof of concept stage and need capital and guidance to take things to the next level. We are also part of a growing collective of angel networks from around the globe that share common values and interests, such as Investors’ Circle in the US; when an entrepreneur is going global, we are connected with others who can add value and capital further afield.
- Access to a pre-screened and diversified deal flow of social businesses and enterprises covering many industries and impact areas
- Education and training on angel investing and impact measurement
- Connections with a network of high quality peer investors
- Opportunities to introduce your own deals to the network
- Due diligence sharing and co-investment
- Access to our private online deal-flow platform, Gust, to review the deals in motion.
- Leveraging financial, social and intellectual capital for good while investing for a financial return
Are you eligible?
If you are looking for investment, or you know an impact-focused entrepreneur who is, please let us know. Although most of our deals are sourced by ClearlySo, we are always delighted to hear from investors about businesses they are supporting. If you are an angel investor and would like to refer a business, please do get in touch.