Tickr, a new Impact Investment platform enables people to invest their money in globally listed businesses that are making positive social change.
The company identifies and vets publicly listed businesses from established stock exchanges around the world to offer investments in companies that are committed to addressing large-scale social and environmental problems. The Tickr app, available today but by invitation only for iOS users, currently hosts hundreds of global businesses that offer growth potential and social relevance.
Tickr has been developed to meet the emerging demand of a new generation of potential investors, who are specifically interested in growing businesses with a social impact benefit and are concerned about their investment footprint.
Making investment accessible for first-time investors, the company is initially offering three groups of investments based on big social issues affecting the world today: Climate Change, Social Impact and Disruptive Technology.
Users can choose to invest in:
1. Climate Change, which directs money to companies addressing issues like clean water and renewable energy.
2. Social Impact, investing in businesses tackling areas such as gender equality and inclusion.
3. Disruptive Technology, investing in businesses developing tech-based solutions to big social problems and to make viable benefits for wide sects of the population.
4. A combination fund of the above.
With a minimum investment of £5, people can select a risk level that they feel comfortable with, and set up a regular amount of investment that they can afford. By driving investment into positive, for profit enterprises, Tickr gives investors the opportunity to earn money whilst supporting a more positive and prosperous future.
Tickr co-founder Tom McGillycuddy said, “As experienced investment management professionals, we saw a growing demand for ‘Impact Investments’ and increased transparency in people’s portfolios. We wanted to give people the opportunity to invest in companies that are addressing social problems in some way and to control their investment footprint. This is no charity - we search for businesses that are profitable, growing and making impact in a significant way. Often the two go hand in hand.”
Tickr is committed to showcasing a wide variety of companies from around the world. Each of these is addressing specific social and environmental issues. For example, CSL Ltd - an Australian biotech company that specialises in vaccinations and curing serious and rare diseases - is in the Gender Equality theme with 56% of its workforce, and 40% of the company’s management, being women. Also Xylem Inc in the Global Water theme - a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative solutions to the world’s water challenges.