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 11-week, online training program that empowers and guides emerging impact investors—from experienced investors to those exploring it for the first time—to invest in purpose-driven businesses that align with their values and target returns.

As we seek to diversify the impact investing ecosystem and drive sustainable solutions to global challenges, we have designed this program to serve both accredited and aspiring investors seeking to make a difference through the power of impact capital.

We run a number of Challenges per year from sector agnostic to thematic (cleantech, healthtech, etc.) and geographically focused. Wherever your passion for change is directed, we invite you to apply to chat with a member of our team to find the best fit for you.

Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

The Global Impact Investing Network

Is This Program a Fit?

The Impact Investor Challenge might be for you if: 

  • You want to learn about impact investing
  • You are seeking to make an investment into an impact venture and gain exposure to purpose-driven companies
  • You are looking for ways to support innovation
  • You want to learn how you can leverage your capital to support your community
  • You want to understand how impact investing can become a tool for your organization or business


As a part of our Impact Investor Challenge’s investor cohort, you will gain insights, build your network, 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.

Additionally, if you complete our Impact Investor Challenge as an investor you can become an IMPACT AMPLIFIER and gain access to future investment opportunities via the Challenge. This means that as alumni you can have priority access to join investment in the winning companies of future Impact Investor Challenges through Spring’s SPV. 

Watch an Information Session

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

The Impact Challenge will leave you with a network of impact investors, key figures in the national impact investing community, and emerging mission-driven companies.

Spring Impact Investor Challenge 2019 Winner Open Ocean Robotics

What You Will Learn

Investing for Impact

Investing for Impact

➜ Investing in uncertain times and mitigating the pandemic
➜ Defining your impact investor thesis to reflect what impact means to you
➜ What is impact investing and how do you measure it?

Deal Mechanics

Deal Mechanics

➜ The due diligence process, including investor portfolio and taxation strategies
➜ Negotiations and paperwork

Selecting Investments

How to Select Investment Opportunities

➜ How to find impact companies and screen pitches
➜ What to look for when evaluating startups
➜ Assessing the market opportunity and measuring impact
➜ Evaluating teams

Understanding returns

Understanding Returns

➜ Funding venture scale businesses
➜ Exits in impact and alternative returns for companies that may not exit
➜ Balancing your portfolio

Who You Will Learn From

Aside from learning from the serial entrepreneurs and investors on the Spring team, you will get exclusive access to Spring’s vast network of industry leaders. Sessions will feature Canadian and global experts and professionals in impact, investing, business continuity management, entrepreneurship, and more.

Past Guest Speakers

Program Details

Key Details
  • We accept applications on a rolling basis
  • Upon applying, you will have the chance to learn more information from our team and we will find the best fit for you based on your industry preference and region

  • Program duration: 11 weeks
  • Online 2-hour workshops once per week during evenings, exact time TBD

Accredited Investors
  • $5,000 Program Fees
  • $10,000 equity investment commitment in the winning company

Aspiring Investors
  • $2,500 Program Fees

Upcoming Intakes

We run several programs a year with various regional and thematic focuses. Not sure which intake is right for you or would like to apply for a future, not-yet-listed intake? We accept applications on a rolling basis so you can submit your application today to chat with a member of our team and find the best fit for you and the impact you want to make.

Health Impact Investor Challenge

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

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National Impact Investor Challenge

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


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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!