ClearlySo was officially founded in 2008 but its social investment roots go back to 1999 when its affiliate, Catalyst Fund Management & Research, sought to launch an organic food fund.
Shortly after, the organisation began working on a consultancy basis for dozens of social businesses and enterprises (such as Belu, JustGiving,Riders for Health). This led to the first Social Business Conference being held in 2006. The event is now in its seventh year and has become a flagship conference for the sector.
In 2007 the company launched the website socialinvestments.com, which aimed to showcase social businesses and enterprises that were looking for capital, whilst still providing business consultancy on a membership basis.
On 15 September 2008, the day Lehmans Brothers collapsed, socialinvestments.com became ClearlySo. Since then, ClearlySo has focused on helping social entrepreneurs to find investment.