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April 1, 2024
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Bolsa Social: Evolving from Crowdfunding to Impact Investment Ecosystem

Bolsa Social undergoes a transformation from a crowdfunding platform to a comprehensive investment ecosystem, broadening its scope to include various investment options. With a focus on social and environmental impact, the company aims to empower investors to support meaningful ventures. This evolution, under new CEO Fernando Summers, involves securing €700,000 for expansion into Portugal and a projected investment of €8 million by 2024.

Originating as Spain's first CNMV-authorized crowdfunding platform, Bolsa Social has now embarked on a new journey, transitioning into a comprehensive investment ecosystem. This evolution marks a significant milestone for the company, as it continues to champion projects with social and environmental impact.

Under the leadership of Fernando Summers, who took the helm as CEO in late 2023, Bolsa Social has witnessed a strategic shift. With a recent €700,000 investment round and expansion into the Portuguese market, Bolsa Social is poised for international growth. Their revamped investment ecosystem, showcased on their new website, aims to channel €8 million into impactful ventures by the end of 2024, a staggering 300% increase from the previous year.

Summers envisions a future where Bolsa Social broadens its reach and impact, catering to diverse investor profiles. "Our goal is to democratize impact investment, offering accessible channels for investors to make a difference," explains Summers. To achieve this, Bolsa Social offers four distinct investment instruments, catering to various risk appetites and investment sizes.

At the heart of Bolsa Social's ecosystem is its crowdfunding platform, allowing individuals to invest as little as €50 in projects aligned with their values. From equity to sustainable lending, investors have the flexibility to support ventures that resonate with them. Additionally, Bolsa Social introduces new avenues for impact investment, such as the Impact Network, a private hub for seasoned investors seeking deeper engagement and higher impact.

One notable addition to Bolsa Social's repertoire is the Impact Angels Club (CIA), comprising venture capital professionals and investors committed to driving sustainable innovation. With a focus on nurturing impactful ventures, CIA provides a robust deal flow and expert analysis, fostering a community of like-minded investors dedicated to positive change.

Beyond catering to individual investors, Bolsa Social aims to engage institutional players, offering tailored investment opportunities and partnerships. By collaborating with institutional investors, Bolsa Social seeks to amplify its impact, supporting larger-scale projects and driving systemic change.

Despite these advancements, Bolsa Social remains rooted in its crowdfunding roots, ensuring accessibility and transparency for all investors. With each project funded, Bolsa Social strives to strike a balance between financial returns and societal impact, empowering investors to make meaningful contributions to causes they believe in.

Reflecting on their journey thus far, Bolsa Social celebrates numerous milestones, including 46 successful crowdfunding rounds, €13.1 million invested, and a vibrant community of over 11,550 investors. Moreover, their impact extends beyond financial metrics, with projects creating jobs, conserving resources, and improving lives across communities.

As Bolsa Social continues to evolve, one thing remains unchanged: their commitment to driving positive change through impactful investments. With an unwavering dedication to democratizing impact investment, Bolsa Social paves the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future.

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