Impact Investor Challenge | Investors

Change the world by making every business an impact business.


Learn How to Invest and Amplify Your Positive Impact

The Impact Investor Challenge is a 10-week, online training program that empowers early-stage impact investors to invest in purpose-driven businesses that align with their values and target returns.

As a participant, you will hear from global and local industry experts about:

  • Defining your investment thesis to reflect what impact means to you
  • How to find great impact companies and screen pitches
  • What to look for when evaluating startups
  • The due diligence process, including investor portfolio and taxation strategies
  • Assessing the market opportunity and measuring impact
  • Evaluating the team
  • Funding venture scale businesses
  • Exits and alternative returns for companies that may not exit
  • Negotiations and paperwork

The investor cohort will have the chance to gain insights, build their networks, and acquire resources to become successful at impact investing.

At the end of the program, participating investors will collectively award $100,000 in investments to their top chosen company from the entrepreneur cohort which runs in parallel.

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

"I can't wait to continue following the companies and find opportunities with them in the future."

It’s been such a learning experience figuring out my impact investor thesis, how to conduct due diligence and figuring out how to balance impact and profit. Time flies when you are having fun (especially during a pandemic)!

Louise Chen, 2020 Impact Investor Challenge Cohort

"The Impact Investor Challenge provided me with a lens through which to view investing on a more holistic level."

As someone coming into the program with minimal investment experience, I left feeling more confident in evaluating companies for both growth potential and alignment with my values. This program attracted an amazing cohort of investors along with dedicated teachers and knowledgeable guest speakers. Would recommend to anyone looking to deepen their understanding of impact investment.

What You’ll Learn

Investing for Impact

- Investing in uncertain times and mitigating the pandemic
- Defining your impact investor thesis
- What is impact investing and how do you measure it?

Deal Mechanics

- The basic due diligence process
- Negotiations and paperwork

How to Select Investment Opportunities

- What to look for when evaluating startups
- Assessing the market opportunity, impact, and teams

Understanding Returns

- Funding venture scale businesses
- Alternative returns in impact and exits
- Balancing your portfolio

2021 Program Details


Online 2-hour workshops once per week on Tuesday evenings, exact time TBD


Accredited Investors (15 spots)
$5,000 Program Fees
$10,000 equity investment commitment in the winning company

Non-Accredited Investors (10 spots)
$2,500 Program Fees

"The quality of the companies, speakers, and participants was high and made it very worthwhile to do."

The Spring Impact Investor Challenge was a great program to connect with other investors and go through a whole process of screening, due diligence, selection and closing on an angel investment. Highly recommended whether you are a beginning investor or already have more experience.

Interested in Investing in Impact?

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