somos impact fund

at somos, we're all about co-ownership, collaboration, and community!

our impact fund supports core community partners who are aligned with our mission to champion language, worker and migrant rights.

they receive 1% of our gross merchandising value and a shareholding in somos.

discover our unique approach below!

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co-ownership & community partnerships 🀝

how our co-ownership model works for our community partners

  • πŸ“ˆ equity ownership + dividends

    our core community partners receive 500 shares each with the same financial and voting rights as the founder and investors.

    this entitles them to dividends and a payout in the event somos is sold.

  • πŸ’° 1% of gross merchandising value

    1% of all cash flowing through the platform from product sales is split equally amongst our core community partners.

  • πŸŽ‰ 1% of any additional revenue

    in addition, we donate another 1% of any extra somos revenue to our impact fund, which is then divided equally among our core community partners πŸ˜„

  • 🌐 in kind benefits + support

    we happily provide our community partners with:

    ⭐️ complimentary access to our technology (or at cost if offered by a third party).

    ⭐️ entry to our discount marketplace in collaboration with builtfirst.

meet our first community partner! πŸŽ‰

we're so excited to welcome the amazing conversation over borders as our first core community partner!

learn more about them and our partnership... πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

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connecting communities: social enterprise conversation over borders joins edtech startup somos as a co-owner πŸš€

we're buzzing with excitement and can finally share why... social enterprise conversation over borders (cob) is now officially a co-owner in somos! cob becomes the first of our core community partners taking equity in the business. 

colette batten-turner, founder & ceo | conversation over borders

"somos' model is genuinely innovative; subverting the structure of other online teaching platforms to put the power back into the hands of teachers and people of all nationalities and languages and actively championing indigenous and minoritized languages.Β 

what makes this partnership so exciting is our shared core values and drive to innovate for better. somos and conversation over borders hold deeply-rooted belief in the value of community-led and owned support, the protection of linguistic and cultural knowledge, grounding work in wellbeing, protecting the right to migrate and the importance of collaboration.Β 

this partnership opens up pathways of mutualΒ learning, resource-sharing and benefits for the somos and conversation over borders communities. it strengthens our ability to be dynamic in reaching the needs of our community with imagination and connects us to a wider community of people and organisations who are aligned with our goals!

we stand inΒ admiration of somos' commitment to embedding their values through the co-ownership model and we are honoured to be asked to work alongside them as a core community partner. we can't wait for this newΒ chapter and to see what the future holds!"

frequently asked questions

a unique set up comes with questions! here are some common ones but of course if you have more, please feel free to get in touch πŸ˜€ 

  • which community organisations will somos be partnering with?

    our first community co-owner is the incredible conversation over borders! you can find out more about our partnership here .

    in the coming months, we'll be adding other amazing orgs focused on:

    πŸ”Ή championing language, worker, and migrant rights
    πŸ”Ή promoting education and lifelong learning
    πŸ”Ή preserving endangered, minoritized, and indigenous languages
    πŸ”Ή empowering refugees and migrants in diaspora.

    stay tuned for our announcements!

  • why is somos making its community partners shareholders?

    great question! we believe in aligning our long-term future with the communities we serve.

    if somos thrives, we want to share that success with the grassroots organizations doing amazing work in language, culture, and people protection. 🀝

    traditional csr and diversity and inclusion programs can be pretty top-down. we're all about building with, not just for, the communities we work in.

    by giving our partners shares with the same financial and voting rights as our other investors, we're making sure we stay directly accountable to them.

    it's about collaboration and shared success! 🌟

  • Is somos a not for profit?

    nope, somos is actually a for-profit social enterprise! πŸš€

    while we do aim to make a profit, what sets us apart is our commitment to co-ownership and creating a positive impact on society.

    our unique ownership model allocates equity to our team, teachers and grassroots community organizations, making them part of the somos project.

    our governing documents require us to consider key stakeholders like employees, partners, and the wider community when making decisions. so, while we're a business, we're all about balancing profit, purpose, and shared ownership! πŸ’‘

  • does somos work with community groups and charities other than its core partners?

    absolutely! we're always excited to collaborate with organizations that align with our mission, especially those focused on: 

    1️⃣ teaching or facilitating the learning of endangered, minoritized & indigenous languages 

    2️⃣ supporting refugees and migrants in diaspora (e.g., offering free local language classes, protecting rights, etc.)

    3️⃣ broadening access to digital education

    4️⃣ promoting mental health and wellbeing.

    if you're a charity or community organization interested in working with us or think our platform could help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch

    we'd love to chat and explore possibilities together. πŸŒπŸ’«

how somos is managed

at somos, we're proud to be community-backed! with 23 investors participating in our pre-seed fundraising round, we've built a strong foundation that values equity ownership for employees, teachers, and grassroots community organizations.

together, we're forging a future built on co-ownership and collaboration. 🌟

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