The Ethex Positive Investment Report 2014 •
We are seeing the emergence of the
self-directed positive investor – people who
are more connected to their money, feel in
control of it, want to know where it goes, and
recognise that they can make a positive social impact with it.
“Impact investing is moving into the mainstream,” said Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist of ImpactAssets. “We’re in a positive cycle where the increase in investable opportunities is bringing more investors into the impact fold, and the results from those investments fuel increased awareness and desire to achieve social and environmental as well as financial returns.”
9 per cent of Ethex investors are aged between 20-29, investing an average £1,110, and 13 per cent are aged 30-39, investing an average £3,237. This is much closer to the age distribution of the UK population than the 2013 survey which found just 3 per cent of positive investors were in their 20s and 8 per cent in their 30s.
The average sum invested on Ethex is £5,504 – 55 per cent more than the average £3,551 invested positively in the 2013 report – and half of investors have two or more investments.
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Stand is the next generation of crowdfunding. This is mobilefunding. Crowdfunding holds immense power. It makes good on the long-held promise that one person can change the world. But that promise is not yet fully realized, because crowdfunding is not as simple or mobile as it should be.
Crowdfunding is ripe for revolution. Stand is that revolution.
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Thanks to pioneering investors and organizations like DBL Investors, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Rockefeller Foundation, and B Lab who have supported the development of infrastructure and measurement systems, created certification programs and invested directly in companies, the impact investing market is poised to become a mainstream phenomenon.
“I’ve long been a believer that we need ‘all the oars in the water’ as we look to solve significant social challenges – in other words, the nonprofit, private and public sector all have an important role to play.”
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