Impact Investor Challenge | Entrepreneurs

Enter to meet impact investors and compete for a chance to win $100,000 in investments!

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 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

Watch an Information Session for Entrepreneurs

Tune in to our recorded info. session to watch a fireside chat with previous Impact Investor Challenge participants about their journeys into impact entrepreneurship and fundraising, and find out more about the program.

ARE YOU A STARTUP WITH A TECH-ENABLED CLIMATE SOLUTION?

Angels for Climate Solutions will help you navigate the capital-raising process and connect you with angel investors in the climate technology space.

This is a special, climate tech-themed Impact Investor Challenge we’re running in partnership with Vancouver Economic Commission, Volition, and Foresight Canada with sponsorship from Innovate B.C. Companies must be based in British Columbia.

Apply by October 27th, 2021.

Program Details

  • We accept applications on a rolling basis with multiple cohorts running per year
  • Program duration and format: 11 weeks, virtual sessions
  • 20 companies will be selected to attend Orientation*
  • 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 weekly, 2-hour core program sessions with investors* 
  • 1 company will win $100,000 in investments at the finale 
  • Applying is FREE
  • Upcoming intake deadline: October 27th, 2021 (for climate tech startups based in B.C.)
  • When you apply, we will find the best fit for you based on your industry and region
  • We currently accept applications from across Canada
  • 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?

We have three Impact Investor Challenges coming up in January and in April 2022, if you’re interested in participating, apply below. 

Program Partners

Angels for Climate Solutions will help you navigate the capital-raising process and connect you with angel investors…plus, you could be awarded a $100,000 investment!

This is a special, climate tech-themed Impact Investor Challenge we’re running in partnership with Vancouver Economic Commission, Volition, and Foresight Canada with sponsorship from Innovate BC. Entrepreneur applicants must be based in British Columbia.