Impact Innovation is the set of processes, strategies, ideas, and organizations that offer innovative solutions to social or environmental challenges.
Impact Innovations are measured by how effective they are at changing the status quo, how sustainable they are over time, and how big and scalable an impact they have on large groups of people -- particularly more vulnerable collectives. Hence, the value created by Impact Innovations has an impact primarily on society, rather than on private individuals.
Impact Entrepreneurship is a form of Impact Innovation. Impact Entrepreneurs are innovators who use entrepreneurship as a tool to tackle social or environmental challenges. They disrupt the status-quo of society, creating sustainable and scalable organizations that have a positive social impact, and leading change and innovation in different sectors and industries (IT, BioTech, MedTech, HealthCare, CleanTech, Education, Food, Natural Resources, FinTech, Collaborative Economy or Sustainable Housing, among others).
Generate positive impact through innovation and technology.
Contribute to socio-economic development.
Obsessed with measuring and improving their positive impact value proposition.
Impact Investments are those investments made by companies, organizations, and funds to generate both financial and social returns. Also known as Socially Responsible Investments.
Directed at emerging markets and return-oriented.
Various investment vehicles: equity, participative loans, debt, or fixed rent.
Invest with a Venture Capital approach.
$500 billion in assets projected to be invested over the next decade.
Venture Philanthropy applies Venture Capital concepts and tools to the creation, development, management, and finance of organizations that have a positive impact.
Concept pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and further developed by dotcom millionaires during the 90’s.
Venture Philanthropists invest both in nonprofits and for-profit enterprises.
Generally support companies in their portfolio with strategy and management.
Prioritize social / environmental benefit over the financial return on investment (ROI).
Social Venture Capital is the kind of Impact Investing that is closest to Venture Capital. Social Venture Capitalists look for financial returns by investing on projects that have a social impact.
Tend to invest in the initial phases of projects with clear scalability and often a technological component.
Investment resource usually provided by incubators and accelerators.
Can afford to wait longer to recover ROI.
Re-invest large percentages of their ROI.
Device that makes contaminated water safe to drink. Technology currently available in 64 countries.
Solar energy solutions provider to more than 50 million people in disadvantaged areas from. 62 countries reached. 10 million devices sold.
Early detection of cancer in asymptomatic individuals through a blood screen – with the goal of massively decreasing global cancer mortality by detection at a curable stage. Has raised $100MM.
Cloud-based "data-as-a-service" platform that uses deep learning techniques to decipher hand-written forms that still tend to dominate in the healthcare and insurance sectors. Has raised $49MM.