ClearlySo: New Online Marketplace for Social Businesses

Posted by on April 27, 2009 in Entrepreneurship, Europe, World


If you’re a social entrepreneur seeking visibility, sales or perhaps even investment, you should check out the recently launched The site enables social entrepreneurs to connect with investors online, showcase their products and services and obtain a chance at securing funding. In doing so, it is thereby contributing to the creation of a much needed online social ecosystem and empowering entrepreneurs and individuals to participate in and promote the creation of social businesses.

With only a month since its launch and no definitive tales of success yet, ClearlySo’s timing for market entry is a good one amidst the current global economic and political landscapes. Furthermore, the company’s founder, Rodney Schwartz is equipped with in depth knowledge of the social investment industry as demonstrated through his current firm, Catalyst. Catalyst is a leading independent advisory and investment management firm focused on the social, environmental and ethical business sector. Working with many of the UK’s leading social businesses and enterprises, it has a strong track record in supporting the commercial growth of the sector.

Commenting on the timing of ClearlySo, Gordon Roddick, co-founder of the Body Shop said “The launch of comes at a very appropriate time. Rod has a great depth of judgment and knowledge, and a tireless energy with regard to this sector. Positive investment for the future is going to be a cornerstone in some sort of recovery process and will grow to be an important player in that arena”

We at SocialEarth surely hope so.



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Erik is a perpetually curious social innovator. As a serial entrepreneur, Erik knows a thing or two about change. As a co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to channel his passion for social advocacy into an innovative venue of social awareness for others.

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