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: Higher Education
  • Education: K-12
  • Energy and Environment
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health and Wellness
  • Food and Nutrition

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

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 OurCrowd.

  OurCrowd: OurCrowd is an Israeli-based equity crowdfunding platform for VC investments. They provide the traditional VC benefits and services (deal flow and selection, due diligence, negotiations, key terms, legal and accounting services) to accredited angel investors, who are able to participate in deals with minimum investments of $10,000. Launched in 2012, OurCrowd has raised over $200 million for 91 portfolio companies funded by 10,000 members representing 110 countries. This then offers a network of successful founders, experienced mentors, and global investors to its portfolio companies. OurCrowd is in the process of establishing a global network of channel partners who will source and complete due diligence on investments. WIIP is OurCrowd’s first university-affiliated and social impact focused partner, and we conduct our traditional sourcing, diligence, and investment review schedule to propose a number of investments for OurCrowd’s further due diligence and approval.

 

OurCrowd:

OurCrowd is an Israeli-based equity crowdfunding platform for VC investments. They provide the traditional VC benefits and services (deal flow and selection, due diligence, negotiations, key terms, legal and accounting services) to accredited angel investors, who are able to participate in deals with minimum investments of $10,000. Launched in 2012, OurCrowd has raised over $200 million for 91 portfolio companies funded by 10,000 members representing 110 countries. This then offers a network of successful founders, experienced mentors, and global investors to its portfolio companies.

OurCrowd is in the process of establishing a global network of channel partners who will source and complete due diligence on investments. WIIP is OurCrowd’s first university-affiliated and social impact focused partner, and we conduct our traditional sourcing, diligence, and investment review schedule to propose a number of investments for OurCrowd’s further due diligence and approval.

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 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 and Care at Hand respectively.