We engage impact investors in the exploration of investment opportunities in local enterprises that create positive social and environmental change. Investors and other community stakeholders are invited to social finance education and pitch sessions*. We promote a culture of localized impact investments in our region, bringing a higher awareness of the value of investing with impact.
Access to capital has a direct and significant impact on the social economy’s ability to create lasting social and environment changes. According to Impact: A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario,
“80% of social entrepreneurs identify access to capital as the major barrier to success.”
Our region is estimated to have $40 billion of investable assets. We think it is possible to create a culture shift within the investment industry; when investors are shown the possibilities for impact investing, they will react positively to a local invitation to invest in the places where they live.
"By 2020, the global social finance market is expected to generate up to $1 trillion in new impact investment capital." - Quote from Impact Strategy Update
* Please note that any open pitch events are information presentations of the business without solicitation for investment and without discussion of an investment offering.