Ana-Julia Van Bilsen Irias

Investment Executive

Charities Aid Foundation


 16 October 2017

The Women In Social Enterprise 100 (WISE100), is a new initiative created by NatWest SE100 Index in partnership with Pioneers Post. The WISE100 is the first index to recognise the inspiring and influential work by women in social enterprise, impact investment and social innovation. Thursday’s launch event was the gathering of many of these women to discuss gender inequality in the workplace and the potential of the index as a network of peer-to-peer support amongst women in the social enterprise sector.


More than 250 women were nominated, and we are delighted to announce that several of our brilliant investees were rightly recognised:

  • Amy and Ruth Anslow, Founders and Directors at hiSbe. hiSbe stands for ‘how it Should be’ and it’s new ethical supermarket that aims to make good, sustainable food affordable and accessible.
  • Jane Davis, Founder & Director of The Reader Organisation. Former Venturesome investee, The Reader Organisation is an award-winning charitable social enterprise that delivers shared, ‘reading aloud’ groups people across society.
  • Emma Stewart- Joint CEO Timewise. They support people seeking flexible work, by running Timewise Jobs, Timewise and Women Like Us. They aim “to ensure that everyone can find the flexibility they need in their careers, without reducing their value in the workplace.”
  • Rose Marley- CEO at Sharp Futures: Former Venturesome Investee
  • Allison Mckay- Managing Director at Humantics CIC: Former Venturesome Investee

Social investors were also recognised:

  • Congratulations to Melanie Mills and Geetha Rabindrakumar from Big Society Capital;
  • To Lucy Inmonger, Venturesome alumna and now at LGT Impact Ventures UK;
  • And we’re very pleased that Holly Piper, Head of CAF Venturesome, was on the list!

Finally, let’s keep sharing the amazing accomplishments by the 100 women that are now part of the WISE100 network.


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