Impact Investor Challenge | Entrepreneurs

Enter to perfect your pitch and compete for a chance to win $100,000 in investments!

Applications for Fall 2020 are closed. Keep an eye out for our 2021 intake!

Learn How to Raise Capital for Your Purpose-Driven Business

Startup capital is essential for fuelling growth in your new business, but where to begin with fundraising?

From capital-raising strategies and angel investors to finding the right kind of capital for your business, there is a lot to wrap your head around. That’s why we created the Impact Investor Challenge, a program designed to help you understand the ins and outs of raising capital for your startup all while providing you with the opportunity to create a unique relationship with 20 early-stage impact investors. 

The 8-week, online program takes participants through a series of workshops designed to help entrepreneurs learn how to position their purpose-driven companies to take on the right type of capital.

Topics covered include:

  • Polishing up your pitch
  • Understanding the impact investor mindset
  • The investor evaluation process
  • Deal mechanics
  • Understanding returns


At the end of the program, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to negotiate directly with participating investors for a chance to win up to $100,000 in investments.

This year’s program Orientation will kick off in September where the top 20 applicants pre-screened by Spring will pitch their companies to the participating investors. The investor cohort will then select the top 5 companies to participate in the program, which will run on Tuesday evenings from 5-8 PM.

The Impact Investor Challenge will give you an intimate perspective on the decision-making process for impact investors and leave you with a valuable network of local impact investors, key players in the Vancouver startup ecosystem, and emerging mission-driven companies.

Alison's Headshot

"The Impact Challenge gave me the opportunity to exercise my professional skills in more ways than I could have imagined."

“It provided me with a thorough overview of the funding world and an introduction to an incredible network of like-minded supporters and investors who all view business as a force for good. I was able to develop in areas that I hadn’t previously exercised (pitching in front of a large audience) and gained a great deal of confidence throughout the process. “

Alison Carr – Co-Founder & COO of NADA

2020 Program Details

  • Application deadline: August 31st, 2020
  • Program duration: 8 weeks
  • This year’s program will be held virtually
  • There will be optional in-person networking sessions pending health and safety in relation to COVID-19 in British Columbia
  • 20 companies will be selected to attend Orientation on September 23rd
  • Pitch Night will take place on September 29th
  • 5 finalists will be chosen to partake in 6 sessions with investors on Tuesday evening from 5-8 PM, October 6th – November 26th* 
  • 1 company will win $100,000 in investments at the finale on November 26th
  • Applying to pitch is free

* Companies are expected to have representation from the founding team at each session

To Prepare Before You Apply

  • Your company’s value proposition
  • Approximate monthly revenue
  • How you differentiate yourself from your competitors
  • What UN Sustainable Development Goals your business falls under
  • A link to your pitch deck (if you do not have one now, you will need to create one if selected to attend Orientation)
  • Information about your fundraising to-date and future goals
  • Make sure you have 45-60 minutes to complete the application form*

* The application is not timed and you may complete the form gradually as you collect the information

Interested in Learning More?

Or get in touch with Spring’s Mari Mathews.

2020 Program Partners