A philanthropist and an investment banker walk into a bar… and leave the best of friends.

No, it’s not a joke! Philanthropy and investment really can go hand-in-hand, united through the medium of impact investment. This trend proves that not every investor is driven solely by financial gain – some are passionate about positive environmental and social change, too.

For an impact investor, investing is about more than the money – it’s about the meaning. In fact, according to the Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN), 65% of investors have a vested interest in making the world a better place.

But who are these investors turned social do-gooders? Where exactly is the moral high ground that they’re perched upon? And how does a startup business get there?

Read on to find out the whys and wherefores of impact investment, as we break down the startup need to knows.


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What is impact investment?

Impact investment refers to investments made with socioeconomic and environmental concerns in mind. The impact investor themselves (or, the investment itself) will have a dual focus, rooted in both financial and social purpose.

Impact investors want more than financial return – they want their money to be going somewhere positive, and doing something good. In order to invest ethically, they’re prepared to balance potential financial gain – or even uncertainty – with the complex measurability factors involved when tracking the positive, non-financial impact of an investment.

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