Impact Investor Challenge

Learn how to invest AND create a positive impact.

Invest for returns and impact

The Impact Challenge aims to remove the barrier between entrepreneurs and investors. Investors will undergo a 10-week program that dives deep into the process of investing in early stage purpose driven companies, led by globally recognized leaders in impact and investing.

The program spans all aspects of investing so you become empowered to invest in businesses that align to both your values and your target return. Renowned speakers & Spring will help you navigate pitfalls, mitigate risk, develop your impact investment thesis, and make your first impact investment.

At the end of the two months, the group will use your learnings through the intense training program to negotiate and close $100,000 in investment in the company the group selects.

The Impact Challenge will leave you with a network of local impact investors, key players in the Vancouver startup ecosystem, and emerging mission-driven companies.

What you’ll learn

Defining Your Impact Investing Thesis
  • What impact means to you and what is impact investing.
  • How to find great impact companies


Deal Mechanics
  • The basic due diligence process.
  • Negotiations and paperwork.
How to Select Investment Opportunities
  • What to look for when evaluating startups.
  • Assessing the market opportunity and impact, and team


Understanding Returns
  • Funding venture scale businesses.
  • Alternative returns for companies that may not exit.
  • Exits.

"I was really impressed by Spring's Impact Challenge."

“The quality of the companies that applied, the range of guest speakers, and the engagement of both the investors and the top five startups were quite unique. Some of the relationships that were built over the course of that program have endured and will likely continue to build over a lifetime.”

Mike Winterfield – Active Impact Investment

Program Details

Location: All sessions in Vancouver


  • Orientations begin April 6 to 14
  • Program kicks off April 21st
  • Sessions run Tuesday evenings (5-8 pm) from April 28 to June 16th
  • Finale to be held on June 25th

Expect approximate 1-2 hours per week time commitment on top of that depending on the week and topic.

Keith Ippel

Co-founder & CEO @ Spring

Mari Mathews

Program Manager @ Spring

Mike Winterfield

CEO, Founder & Fund Manager @ Active Impact Investments

Geoff Dittrich

Managing Partner @ Ink LLP

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Are you an entrepreneur seeking early-stage investment?

Apply to pitch your startup at the Impact Challenge here.

Applications close on March 20, 2020. We will review your application afterwards and get back to you.

How It Works for Companies

Fundraising can be a daunting task, but quite often it’s essential for fuelling growth in startups.

The 10 week program enables you to not only learn the ins and outs of fundraising and how to position your purpose driven company to take on the right type of capital, but it also gives you the opportunity to create a unique relationship with up to 20 early stage investors.

At the end of the two months, you’ll have the chance to win up to $100,000 in investment that you negotiate directly with the participating investors. Whether you’re the official winner or not, you will get a lot of value out of the program and the interactions with the participating investors.


Program Details

Location: All sessions are taking place in Vancouver
Timing: Tuesday evenings 5 – 8 pm
Date: Screening in late March, program runs April to June
Cost: $75 application fee (plus applicable taxes) which includes
– ticket to the kickoff event on April 21st to connect with investors
– ticket for the finale on June 25th to connect with the ecosystem players 

Startups are expected to have representation from the founding team at each session. Only 20 companies will be selected to pitch at the Kickoff in mid April which includes pitch training, an investor 101 orientation session and other sponsor perks. The Investor cohort will then select the top 5 to join them for the rest of the program that runs weekly from end of April til the end of June. 

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"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 & an introduction to an incredible network of like-minded supporters & 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) & gained a great deal of confidence throughout the process. “

Alison Carr – Co-Founder & COO of NADA

Impact Challenge

Apply for a chance at winning $100,000 in investment.

Applications close on March 20, 2020. We will review your application afterwards and get back to you.

2019 Program Partners

2019 Speakers and Venue Partners