Impact Investor Challenge | Entrepreneurs

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

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Vancouver Impact Investor Challenge

The Impact Investor Challenge will give you an intimate perspective on the decision-making process for impact investors, and provide you with valuable skills when it comes to pitching and fundraising.

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. 

Run virtually, the Challenge is a combination of orientation, pitch nights, and a 7-week core program where investors and the top selected entrepreneurs learn side by side about the ins and outs of impact investing and fundraising.

Orientation night and the core program comprise
weekly 2-hour sessions. These take participants through a series of workshops designed to help entrepreneurs approach investors effectively and learn how to position their purpose-driven companies to take on the right type of capital.

Select Topics Covered During the Impact Investor Challenge

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


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

The Challenge is an incredible opportunity for all participating ventures as even those not selected into the core program receive valuable training and feedback on pitching and due diligence, and those in the second round of elimination have a chance to catch the eye of investors in the investor cohort.

You will finish the program with a valuable network of local impact investors, key players in the national startup ecosystem, and emerging mission-driven companies.

Spring Impact Investor Challenge 2019 Winner - Open Ocean Robotics

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"The competition has really been instrumental in shaping a very transformative time for our company."

The scrutiny of opening your everyday decisions to a panel of people over this duration of time and intensity, for an investment fund where you have an authentic chance to finance your company, has been such a valuable experience. This is not pitch and leave. This is pitch and perform. Thank you Spring Activator for this education!

Marnie Lett, CEO of Acterra, Impact Investor Challenge 2020 Finalist

"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.

2021 Vancouver Program Details (Fall)

  • We accept applications on a rolling basis with the next cohort kicking off in the Fall of 2021
  • Program duration: 10 weeks (orientation, 2 pitch nights, 6 core program sessions, finale)
  • The program will be held virtually
  • 20 companies will be selected to attend Orientation in early October (exact date TBD)*
  • At Pitch Night, the investor cohort will select the Top 10 to proceed to the next round
  • A second pitch event will result in the selection of the Top 5 ventures
  • The 5 finalists will participate in 6 core program sessions with investors for 2-hours once a week on Tuesday evenings (exact time TBD)* 
  • 1 company will win $100,000 in investments at the finale 
  • Applying is FREE
  • For more information, download the program pack below

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

To Prepare Before You Apply

  • A brief description (elevator pitch) of your business
  • The problem your business is solving, why you’re the right person to do it, and why now
  • What UN Sustainable Development Goal(s) your business falls under
  • The status of your fundraising to-date and future goals

Ready to enter the Impact Investor Challenge for a chance to win $100,000 in investments?

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