The Wharton Impact Investing Partners sources and conducts due diligence on early-stage, for-profit ventures that have a positive social and/or environmental impact. Every year, we define impact within each of our target sectors,  based on fundamental business criteria. 


Sectors

We focus on companies that target under-served populations or provide a beneficial environmental impact, orienting around six core social sectors:

  • Education

  • Energy

  • Financial Inclusion

  • Health and Wellness

  • Food and Nutrition

  • Sustainability


Fundamentals

We consider ventures that achieve these primary social missions while also exhibiting strong business fundamentals, including:

  • Sustainable Business Model

  • Robust Market Potential

  • Innovative Products and Services

  • Strong Customer Value Proposition

  • Experienced Management Team

  • Demonstrated Track Record


Partnerships and Process

WIIP has a successful track record in impact investing, and our investments are made through two different channels:

1) award winnings from the MBA Impact Investing Network & Training Program (MIINT) and

2) our partnership as a social impact channel partner for Ron Moelis

   The MBA Impact Investing Network & Training Program:   The MIINT program is initiative collaboration between  Bridges Ventures  and the  Wharton Social Impact Initiative . As part of the program, student-led investment teams from top business schools learn to source and conduct due diligence on companies that are not only strong investment opportunities but also have a positive social or environmental impact component. Each participating school then competes for a $50,000 investment in the company which they presented.  WIIP (WSVF) won the competition in 2012 and 2013, resulting in $50K investments in Goalbook and Learnsprout, and won the Runner-Up Best Investment award in 2014 and 2015 for its presentations on Raise.me and Care at Hand respectively.


The MBA Impact Investing Network & Training Program:

The MIINT program is initiative collaboration between Bridges Ventures and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. As part of the program, student-led investment teams from top business schools learn to source and conduct due diligence on companies that are not only strong investment opportunities but also have a positive social or environmental impact component. Each participating school then competes for a $50,000 investment in the company which they presented.

WIIP (WSVF) won the competition in 2012 and 2013, resulting in $50K investments in Goalbook and Learnsprout, and won the Runner-Up Best Investment award in 2014 and 2015 for its presentations on Raise.me and Care at Hand respectively.