Impact Investor Challenge

Maximize your impact through purpose-driven investing and entrepreneurship.

The Impact Investor Challenge is a comprehensive, 11-week program for:

  • New and experienced investors who want to directly support in companies
  • Founders looking for mission-aligned, impact capital to support their growth

Spring facilitates a cohort of impact ventures and a cohort of impact-curious investors, in navigating the fundraising process. This is done through a combination of weekly sessions, pitch events and networking opportunities.

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 final investment amount varies depending on the cohort of investors

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The core outcomes we strive to achieve through the program

Teach investors of all experience levels the basics of early-stage impact investing

Increase the availability of early-stage capital for impact-driven entrepreneurs

Create opportunities for aspiring impact investors to invest in impact

Foster strong relationships between like-minded investors and entrepreneurs

What to Expect

These are the outcomes we create for impact entrepreneurs and investors

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Investors, you will:

✔️ Catalyze your launch into impactful investing

✔️ Begin to hone in on who you are as an investor

✔️ Join a supportive like-minded investment community to share knowledge

✔️ Start connecting your capital to entrepreneurial solutions

Entrepreneurs, you will:

✔️ Catalyze your launch into fundraising, with a chance to win an investment

✔️ Deepen and clarify your understanding of what investors are looking for

✔️ Polish up your pitch and other assets to be presented to potential investors

✔️ Join a supportive like-minded community and connect with potential investors

Entrepreneurs, you are welcome to apply for as many challenges as you are eligible for. Each cohort has a unique theme or geographic location. You can view the upcoming challenge cohorts here.

We accept investor applications on a rolling basis. Upon submitting your application, our program team will reach out to book a discovery call. During the touchpoint, we will support you in selecting a cohort that aligns with your goals. 

“I was really impressed by Spring’s Impact Investor 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

Founder and Managing Partner of Active Impact Investments

“We used the knowledge we gained to successfully raise and close our pre-seed round. The Impact Investor Challenge was a great opportunity for our company to learn about raising a fund by working directly with angel investors and benefiting from the targeted programming delivered by Spring and their partners. Being a part of the program also raised our company profile and winning the $100,000 investment was amazing, not only for the investment but for the validation it provided to other investors, which was critical in helping us raise our first round.”

  • Julie Angus

Co-founder & CEO of Open Ocean Robotics, Winner of the 2019 Impact Investor Challenge

“I am proud of the amount of growth that could not have happened without the Impact Investor Challenge. I have been given the opportunity to stretch in our understanding of impact initiatives and impact measures, to understand the workings of an impact investor, and to compare best practices with four other companies creating change in their respective industries.”

  • Cassandra Hui

Founder of Heal Mary, 2021 Impact Investor Challenge Winner

Want to learn more about the program?

Watch the info session below!

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Ready to get started?

Select the investor or entrepreneur path to learn more and apply

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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!