About Us


Buzzbnk is a crowdfunding website which enables social entrepreneurs and social ventures to raise funds and build a crowd of supporters. The idea of Buzzbnk first came from Michael Norton who had a vision about empowering positive people to back bright ideas by tapping into their social networks.

Our key propositions:

  • Support exciting social ventures. Buzzbnk ventures are delivering exciting social benefits in a wide variety of fields from social welfare and community development through to education and environment–Many are emerging social enterprises pursuing innovative goals that are ‘under the radar’ for traditional giving.
  • Get back in more ways than one. Buzzbnk encourages ventures to provide their supporters with a range of fun and exciting benefits and rewards. Returns are in the form of goods or services, revenue participation, and possibly even the return of their money once the venture has achieved success.
  • Become involved in a more personal way by offering the venture your skills, your time, by taking part in events and becoming advocates for the venture and letting others in your own social networks know about the venture.
  • Make the money go further. Supporters are able to use the funds they get in return for their support (either via loan or revenue participation) towards other exciting social ventures they chose to support.
  • Harness the power of the internet with its ability to reach and engage beyond people’s immediate networks andintegrate social media to build a crowd of supporters to bring change in the world.

Buzzbnk launched in the UK in January 2011. 

Buzzbnk’s statement of values

Buzzbnk is committed to the furtherance of social enterprise and supporting social entrepreneurs in achieving their aims. In furtherance of this, Buzzbnk seeks to provide the best and most secure service for its clients and for supporters who are using Buzzbnk to support a social venture. Buzzbnk is also mindful of its wider responsibilities towards helping create a better world, and to this extent it seeks wherever possible to use suppliers who not only provide services of a satisfactory quality and price, but who also share the vision of helping create a better world through social enterprise and strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

Our Management Committee

Michael Norton OBE – Chairman and Co-founder

Michael, also a Director of CIVA, is a well-recognised expert in fundraising, author and serial social entrepreneur. He took the lead role in setting up UnLtd (UK), the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, which received the Millennium Legacy of £100 million. He founded the Directory of Social Change in 1975, the UK’s leading provider of information and training to charities. He co-founded Changemakers in 1994 to find new ways of engaging young people in social action and was its Executive Chair until 2001. He founded YouthBank UK in 1998, and incubated the Otesha Project UK, FoodCycle, MyBnk and other social ventures in the UK and India. In 2013, Michael was awarded the prestigious “Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy”.

Theresa Burton – CEO and Co-founder

Before co-founding and setting up Buzzbnk in 2009 with Michael Norton, Theresa spent 16 years as a senior manger in the private sector, delivering global e-business, internet and enterprise business solutions for two large international corporations, the most recent with Swiss Re. In 2008 she completed a Sloan Fellowship MBA/MSc at London Business School. In 2011 she was selected as a “Make a Wave” fellow in the Ogunte programme for women social entrepreneurs.

Born in Canada, she holds an Engineering/Applied Science BSc from Queen’s University. Now living in England, she is a British Citizen and RSA Fellow.

Tim Burt – Board Member

A Managing Partner of the Stockwell Group which specialises in strategic communications and reputation management. He was formerly a Partner of the Brunswick Group, playing a central role in Brunswick's international expansion. He has previously held many senior and editorial roles within the Financial Times. In 2002, he was named Business Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards for his coverage of companies such as Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Fiat. His FT career also involved stints as a foreign correspondent – he was Nordic Bureau Chief in the 1990s – and a senior UK Companies reporter. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a graduate of Durham University.

Stephen Lloyd – Board Member

Senior Partner and Head of the Charity & Social Enterprise Department at Bates Wells & Braithwaite, a leading law firm in the social sector. He is ranked by the Chambers UK Legal Directory and the Legal 500 as a leader in the field of charity law. He is co-author of the “Fundraisers Guide to the Law” amongst many other publications. Chairman of CIVA and of 3 other charities. Former Chairman of The Charity Law Association. Graduate of Bristol University and Cambridge University Law Tripos.

Pierre Théron – Board Member

Principal of Erlen Street Corporation, a strategic investment and management consulting firm. Formerly an executive board member of Swiss Re’s Life & Health Business Group and served as Head of Strategy and Global Clients. He has over twenty years of financial-services experience in consulting and corporate roles in Europe, Asia, and Australasia. Pierre lives in Zurich, and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in Edinburgh and a graduate of Witwatersrand University in South Africa.

Our Structure

Buzzbnk is a registered trademark of SellAVenture LLP, a limited liability partnership incorporated in England and Wales, registration number OC351199.

SellAVenture LLP is a social enterprise 58% owned by charities and with a mandate to provide a public benefit in the development of the social investment sector and to contribute a portion of profits to charity (up to 20%, dependent on certain thresholds being met).

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