Rodney Schwartz



CEO, ClearlySo
London, UK

Rodney’s background in investment banking and venture capital makes him an unconventional but authoritative champion for the social enterprise sector. Joining Wall Street in 1980 he rose to become the number one ranked financial services analyst and through the ‘90s held senior posts in investment banking including Head of Equities for Lehman Brothers in Europe, before leaving the sector in 1997 to found the venture capital firm Catalyst.

At Catalyst Rodney became passionate about helping launch social businesses – innovative start-ups that make a living by trying to make the world a better place. A pioneer in the emerging social investment marketplace, he transformed Catalyst into a social business consultancy and in 2009 launched ClearlySo to help social entrepreneurs raise capital. From humble beginnings, ClearlySo has grown into one of the UK’s leading players in the space with a highly respected research house, a social business angel network (Clearly Social Angels) and the largest international online database of verified social businesses and enterprises.

Rodney teaches social finance at the Said Business School in Oxford and is a regular commentator on the social business and investment sector. Former Chair for the homeless charity Shelter and Justgiving, he currently serves on the board of a number of social businesses including The Green Thing and Spacehive. He holds an MBA in Finance & Applied Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester. Outside of work, he enjoys getting bossed around by his four children and his interests include ski-ing, historical non-fiction and politics.