VocalEyes

Unsecured Bonds

63% raised
5%

Forecast
return

Investors
58
Days left
28
Raised so far
£125,406

VocalEyes is a pioneering platform supplying innovative digital tools to empower communities and organisations to create positive social impact.

IFISA
SITR
Match funded
Tech for good

Target
£200,000
Min raise
£100,000
Offer opened
09/02/2021
Closing date
31/03/2021

Match Funded

Win Win

This investment is match funded with an investment of £20,000 from the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery.

VocalEyes Democracy C.I.C
Company no. 12110652
Swansea, UK
Incorporation date: 18/07/2019

Your money will…

  • Enable the VocalEyes digital platform to scale up and create social and environmental impact on a huge scale.

  • Offer access to innovative online tools that help create system change through community action, addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges.

  • Assist communities to harness the latest technology to suggest, develop, discover and adapt innovative and replicable solutions to issues such as the climate crisis.

  • Earn interest. Investments in VocalEyes target a return of 5%. They can be held within an IFISA for potential tax-free returns. Your investment is also eligible for Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR)*.

The bigger picture

The planet and our people are in need of urgent action. VocalEyes offers organisations licensed access to a digital platform that’s designed to help communities launch projects that tackle today’s big challenges and make change happen. Here’s how:

    • VocalEyes’ pioneering platform provides a range of digital tools along with training and ongoing support for a movement of community organisers who are making a difference.
    • By facilitating grassroots democracy, participatory budgeting and organising, it helps local people to empower their communities, groups and workplaces and bring about widespread positive change, for a sustainable future.
    • This proven platform and sustainable business model is being used in multiple sectors across the UK, delivering fantastic results, and global momentum is growing.
    *IFISA & SITR eligibility depends on investors' individual tax status, current legislation and, in the case of SITR, the CIC's compliance with the rules.

Where your money goes

  • It will enable VocalEyes to improve and develop their platform, supporting communities to develop grassroots ideas into positive action
  • It will help VocalEyes to scale and promote the tools, training and support needed for communities and organisations to create a greener and fairer world.
  • It will help to empower and support communities and local governments to address some of the world's most pressing challenges.
  • It will train and support people to learn and engage with innovative techniques and digital tools and apply them for the well-being and benefit of their communities.


    • Investors in VocalEyes will be kept updated of the impact their money is making and bondholders will receive an annual report each year with details of the financial and social impact performance of the C.I.C.

    Team

    VocalEyes pride themselves on excellent customer support from the onboarding process all the way through to development support and platform upgrades.

    Peter Anderson

    Founder & Managing Director

    Peter has been a passionate advocate of developing software solutions that address social participation for almost twenty years.  In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious 10 Downing Street Revolutionary award by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  It was this recognition that set him on his journey to deliver breakthrough solutions to allow communities more say in democracy.  

    Susan Rodaway

    Operations Director

    Susan is a driving force in community engagement at VocalEyes, she has worked with VE for over three years and has a detailed knowledge of the product and the needs of the customers VE serves.  Prior to joining VE she had a successful career with a large Pharmaceutical company in corporate sales. A graduate of Aberystwyth University in Genetics and Biochemistry, she is both analytical and methodical in her approach with a strong customer support orientated focus. 

    Susan is passionate about the capacity for grassroots democracy within communities to bring positive change on a local level and the potential for replication across communities and countries to bring large-scale impact. She has a wealth of experience in local and school governance serving as both a Community Councillor and School Governor for more than 8 years.

                                                                                                                              

    Sarah Hoss

    Training & Media Director

    Sarah has spent most of her professional life working to better the lot of disadvantaged groups and is proud to say she has worked for the three major public service organisations in the UK: the NHS, the BBC and Public Education (FE/HE). A natural communicator, Sarah nurtures the VocalEyes mission and has successfully introduced VocalEyes to many organisations along with developing and implementing training to ensure its success. A qualified and experienced journalist, Sarah has a PGCE and is an enthusiastic exponent of Digital Democracy.  

    Gerry Wilkinson

    Commercial Director

    Investor, entrepreneur and mentor, with new business development and product management experience in cloud-based SME accounting solutions (Xero) & ecosystem integration. Designed a CPQ solution for two top 100 Accounting firms.  Product design of the world first operational risk system based on loss events. On the original development team for TEMENOS, the world's most successful banking solution.

    Spiro Stathakis

    Technical Director

    Spiro is a software developer and cloud systems specialist who designed and built the foundations of the  VocalEyes software platform in 2012  and now supports the product on a part-time basis.  He is currently designing our future state architecture and devising the roadmaps and migration paths to achieve our technical vision.  Spiro has extensive backgrounds in Linux  administration, database development and high-performance computing. He is currently a senior technical architect for the Civil Service.

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    Interest accrual and payment

    Bonds will start earning Interest on 31/03/2021 . Interest will be made payable to investors on the 31/03 of each calendar year up until the 31/03/2026.

    Getting your money out

    These bonds are transferable but are not listed on any investment exchange. Investors will not be able to withdraw their investment until the end of the term of the bond. Upon the death of any Bondholder, the Company may at the absolute discretion of the Directors repay all Bonds (together with any accrued interest) to that Bondholder’s estate.

    Investing on behalf of children

    This offer is not eligible to be invested on behalf of children.

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    Investments offered on the Ethex platform are not readily realisable, which means that they may be difficult to sell and you may get back less than you originally invested. Investments are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and returns are not guaranteed. If you are in any doubt, you should contact an Independent Financial Adviser.