Impact Investor Challenge Program

Maximize your impact through purpose-driven investing and entrepreneurship.

The Impact Investor Challenge is a comprehensive, 11-week program with an investor track for individuals interested in impact investing and meeting purpose-driven founders, and an entrepreneur track for early-stage, fundraising startups seeking investment.

About Spring’s Impact Investor Challenge

We run the Impact Investor Challenge to grow the impact investor community and introduce investors and impact-curious individuals into impact investing by providing a learning experience that culminates in making an actual investment into a high-impact company.

The program also helps fund impact entrepreneurs so they can change the world through innovation. To date, over $780,000 has been awarded in impact investments to Challenge winners and more than $15M has been catalyzed to participants as a result of the program.

Through the Impact Investor Challenge, we seek to guide individuals along their journeys into and within impact so that together we can accelerate ideas that can help build a better world for all.

From driving regenerative development for our ecosystems to championing solutions that will help us build equitable societies that are strong in their diversity, there is room for you at the table. 

We are always accepting applications. You can download a program pack or apply below. 

Investors

Entrepreneurs

Download a program pack or apply below to start connecting your capital to impactful entrepreneurial solutions.

Download a program pack or apply below to learn how to connect capital to your venture’s impact and vision. 

Women-led Impact Investor Challenge

Presented by the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good

September – December 2022

Join us at the Women-led Impact Investor Challenge Top 15 Pitch Night on October 11, 2022 at 3PM PT | 6PM ET.

Upcoming Challenges

Since first launching in Vancouver in 2019, the Impact Investor Challenge has grown exponentially and we now run several programs a year—spanning from global to national across Canada to regional—with the support of a variety of partners and including Challenges with thematic focuses such as climate tech and gender lens investing.

Yukon Investment Challenge
Angels for Climate Solutions

 

Not sure which program is right for you or you’d like to apply to multiple? We accept applications for the investor track on a rolling basis so you can submit your application below today to book a discovery call with us and have the opportunity to specify your preference(s) during the process. 

For the entrepreneur track, you may submit individual applications to as many Challenges as your business qualifies for. You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on the application process for each challenge.

Each of our cohorts has a unique theme or is limited to specific geographic location. If you would like to be notified when we announce a new cohort, sign up for our newsletter.

The private sector needs to play a key role in the planet's sustainability if we are to advance towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. While large established businesses can play a part, the fact is that small businesses will be the ones supplying the most innovative and audacious ideas.

Graham Day, Impact Investing Program Director at Spring Activator
Graham Day, Investment Director at Spring Activator

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More about the program

Who is the Impact Investor Challenge for and what exactly is it? The Challenge is an 11-week training program for both impact investors seeking to make investments and purpose-driven entrepreneurs looking to fundraise to scale their businesses.

Throughout the program’s 2-hour weekly sessions, participants hear from local and global industry experts and have the chance to gain insights, build their community, and acquire resources and guidance to become successful in their respective domains.

At the end of the program, the investor cohort collectively awards $100,000* in investments to their top chosen company from the entrepreneur cohort.

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

*The final investment amount varies depending on the cohort of investors

Watch the Live Impact Investor Info Session Challenge Here

Dive Deeper into General Program Details

The Investor Track
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Join the Movement as a Partner

It takes a community to catalyze change and fuel the innovation the world needs. If you are interested in being part of the impact investing movement as a partner of our programming, reach out to us today!