Resources for Impact Ventures

Impact Investing Platforms & Hundreds of Funding Opportunities for Impact Ventures

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Funding opportunities for impact startups in futuristic infrastructure; IT / software / Fintech/ Payment Systems/ artificial intelligence; Rating’s systems; Smart cities; Renewables, including solar, wind, hydro energy, biofuels and others; Healthy farming methods and Manufacturing plants; Telecommunications; Financial Technology; Insurance; Logistics; Healthcare and Education.

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Global platforms and tools connecting impact founders with impact funders:

ImpactSpace: an open data platform powering the global impact marketplace. (things to note: outdated information, some links do not work)

Dealroom: Impact & Innovation database – mapping impact startups and investment around the world. (it’s only possibile to sign up with business emails)

Impact Finance: a review of 150 impact investing platforms, networks, and organizations that promote, support, or convene investors in the impact finance area. (things to note: some of the listed organisations are not impact investors, outdated information, some links do not work)

Impact Agora: a new platform for the impact investing ecosystem which enables deal sharing between accelerators, fund managers, investor networks, corporates, family offices, foundations and wealth managers.

Social Sector Network: knowledge repository (things to note: 28 impact investors listed, some links do not work).

Abaca: helping more impact-driven founders connect with investors and other supporters who can help them scale. (things to note: no investors or entrepreneurs listed on the website)

Zebras Unite: a community of entrepreneurs, investors, and allies dedicated to building companies that balance both profit and purpose. (things to note: no investors and companies listed on the website)

Founders for Change: Diverse Investors List, a resource for founders and the tech community to more easily find VC investors from diverse backgrounds. (things to note: some links do not work as Crunchbase has outdated information on many funders)

KapVista: impact startups&funds listings (things to note: full profiles only accessible to premium users)

Refugee Investment Network: connecting investors and refugee ventures for an inclusive future. (things to note: not a user-friendly tool, no investors listed, ventures listed on the platform)

Rebel One: a matchmaking platform for founders and funders  (things to note: access to matches for registered users only).

Women Effect: Women Effect Landscape Map. (things to note: outdated information, some of the listed organisations are not impact investors, some links do not work)

Global Health Impact Fund: a Strategic Venture Capital Investment Network connecting clinician and healthcare professional investors with early-stage healthcare technology companies. (things to note: no investors listed)

Future Planet Capital: a co-investment platform giving the world’s largest investors scale-efficient access to technology and life science firms; the focus areas include health, climate change, education, sustainable growth & security. (things to note: no investors listed, the portfolio is available on the website)

ADV: a platform connecting large institutional investors to leading early stage tech companies  (platforms, deep tech, sales engine) solving generation-defining problems at scale. (things to note: no investors&ventures listed)

Globevestor: bringing access to highly-promising startup investments across geographies, for investors in its network. (things to note: access to the internal list of prospective startups is only available for investors upon request)

Investor Flow: an online tool for impact investors to share their deals. (things to note: sign-up is only available for investors)

GREENBACKERS: a by-invitation program offering to selected entrepreneurs exposure to active, pre-qualified investors with a proven interest in climate, cleantech, and the circular economy. (things to note: three types of programs for ventures)

Beta platforms:

Impact Investing Network Map: Network Map, demonstrating the publicly available transactions between investors and companies within Impact Investing. (things to note: no investors&ventures listed)

Imfino: a global online platform which aims to connect impact investors with impact investment opportunities (entrepreneurs) meeting their investment requirements. (things to note: no investors&ventures listed)

Regional platforms:

LSP VC: connecting investors to inventors in the healthcare sector in the EU and US.

Europe’s Impact Investing Database: a country-based database; the categories include accelerators, business angels, deal platforms, ethical banks, foundations, etc. (things to note: not a user-friendly tool with outdated information on some of the accelerators and funds)

WEAR Sustain: an online platform for the Europe-wide wearable technology, smart and electronic textiles network, for collaborations and innovations between artists, designers, technologists, and engineers working on ethical and sustainable solutions and technologies for a better future. (things to note: most of the listed investors do not seem to invest in impact ventures, some of the listed organisations are not investors or accelerators, outdated information on some of the listed organisations)

+impact: a digital platform connecting startups with investors propelling positive impact in the Nordics. (things to note: most of the investors do not seem to be impact investors and the information on some of them is outdated, some links do not work)

The Vinetta Project: A Capital Platform for top female founders across North America. (things to note: only a few startups and no investors listed on the platform)

Energise Africa: a fundraising platform for sustainable business operating within emerging economies. (things to note: only a couple of projects and no investors listed on the platform; investors are not listed on the platform)

RENEW: an impact investment firm that manages and serves the Impact Angel Network, a global network of investors that seeks to realize both social impact and financial returns on their investments in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. (things to note: sign-up is only available for investors, the portfolio is available on the website)

Other platforms and tools:

F6S: a free network where founders get deals, apply for funding (Accelerators, Funds, Angels) & Investors find startups. (things to note: there is no possibility to sort results by sector, only 100+ funds listed)

Unicorn Nest: a VC database to create an innovative investor scoring algorithm that evaluates 200+ data points to provide a highly relevant list of investors.

Crunchbase: a list of impact investing companies. (things to note: there is no possibility to check investors by sector or type of organization (advisers, management firms, etc.), some links do not work, oil&gaz companies are on the list)

Flipidea: a Data-as-a-Service platform offering analytical information about business failures (things to note: the website doesn’t always work properly, no search by category, categories are not mentioned for most of the funders, the websites of some of the VCs and accelerators do not work)

SIGNAL: an online tool for founders to find the right investors; the focus sectors include education, energy, agtech, health, biotech, cleantech, impact. (things to note: the websites of some of the VCs do not work, misleading information on the sectors for some of the listed investors)

Global Invest Her: a global platform for women entrepreneurs and investors. (things to note: no companies and investors listed)

GAN: a community of accelerators, partners, and investors, helping startups build businesses & make a meaningful impact, wherever they call home. (things to note: no investors listed)

VC4A: an ecosystem builder that leverages its infrastructure, network, and expertise for the programs that contribute to Africa’s startup movement. (things to note: upcoming deadlines for accelerators in Africa listed on the platform)

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