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 $450,000 has been awarded in impact investments to Challenge winners and more than $11M 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.

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

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.

Dive Deeper into General Program Details

The Investor Track
The Entrepreneur Track

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.

Health Impact Investor Challenge

Designed to support the investment of smart capital into health solutions.

Yukon Investment Challenge

Building a culture of early-stage investing and purpose-driven entrepreneurship in the Yukon.

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National Impact Investor Challenge

Our signature, annual Challenge in support of developing the Canadian impact ecosystem.


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.

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Program Partners

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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!