Meet The Social Ventures Addressing Our Greatest Challenges

How It Works

Step 1: Social Ventures populate their Profile
• Social Venture Name
• Annual Revenues
• Type and Amount of Investment Capital Seeking
• Social Impact Dashboard
• Team Members and Related Competencies
• Business Plan
• Pitch Deck

Step 2: Social Impact Investors populate their Profile: 
• Social Impact Company Investment Name
• Annual Social Impact Investment Fund
• Type of Investments Provided
• Social Investors are recruited to the platform and fill out a brief survery to evaluate their readiness for social impact investing through the lens of what matters most to investees. 

Step 3: Social Ventures are scored and ranked on the Impact First Market Platform based upon impact and financial data/performance after filling out a survey related to their investment readiness and potential for social impact. 

Step 4: Regional Networking Events are held allowing social ventures to meet with Impact Investors.

 

Social Impact Criteria

1-3 Points 4-6 Points 7-9 Points 10 Points
Demonstrated Social Impact
The Venture has clearly defined defined my social outcomes, indicators (i.e. indicators that the outcome will eventually be achieved), or outputs in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, track these outcomes, indicators, or outputs on an annual basis, publicly report these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to my ventures' program or service The Venture has clearly defined social outcomes, indicators (i.e. indicators that the outcome will eventually be achieved), or outputs in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, track these outcomes, indicators, or outputs on a monthly/quarterly basis, publicly report these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to my ventures' program or service The Venture has clearly defined social outcomes or indicators (i.e. indicators that the outcome will eventually be achieved) in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, track these outcomes or indicators on a monthly/quarterly basis, publicly report these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to my ventures' program or service The Venture has clearly defined social outcomes in the form of a dashboard/scorecard, track these outcomes on a monthly/quarterly basis, publicly report these outcomes, and can directly attribute them to my ventures' program or service
The Correct Composition of Leadership, Teams, and Partnerships
The Venture has clearly identified the leadership and team members needed for the venture. The Venture has clearly identified a stage of development (start-up; growth; scale) and defined the skill sets and competencies needed to successfully achieve the related milestones. The Venture has clearly identified the leadership and team members needed for the venture. The Venture has clearly identified a stage of development (start-up; growth; scale) and defined the skill sets and competencies needed to successfully achieve the related milestones. The Venture has clearly identified the team members, consultants, and advisors corresponding to these required skills and competencies. The Venture has clearly identified a stage of development (start-up; growth; scale) and defined the skill sets and competencies needed to successfully achieve the related milestones. The Venture has clearly identified the team members, consultants, advisors, and/or organizational partnerships corresponding to these required skills and competencies.
Financial Sustainability and Financial Returns
The Venture has a clearly defined income revenue stream and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years. The Venture has a clearly defined income revenue stream and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years. The Venture has a clearly defined reoccuring earned income revenue stream and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years and financial projections are based upon actual past sales. The Venture has a clearly defined reoccuring earned income revenue stream that is based upon the direct decision of the end consumer be it an individual and/or institution and clearly defined unit costs. The revenue unit costs are projected for a minimum of three years and financial projections are based upon actual past sales.
Scaling and/or Policy Systems Change
The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy or a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy. The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy and a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy. The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy and a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy. The venture has a clearly articulated strategy to defend against systems or policies preventing the venture's success. The Venture has a clearly defined scaling (geographically diverse or regional growth) strategy and a scaling impact (open source, replication, government adoption, comercial adoption) strategy and a policy/systems change plan of attack to proactively address system or policy needed changes or defend against systems or policies preventing the venture's success.
Responsible Organizational Behavior Including Board Diverity, Fair and Gender Based Wages; and Environmental Impact
The Venture has plans to have a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity, adopt fair and gender based wage policies, and track it's environmental impact on the world The Venture has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity. The Venture has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity and has fair and gender based wage policies. The Venture has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity, has fair and gender based wage policies, and tracks it's environmental impact on the world
Addressing a Root Cause
The Venture's model is designed to capacitate individuals with the tools (degree, financial independence) to overcome system and policy limitations The Venture's model capacitates individuals with the tools (degree, financial independence) to overcome system and policy limitations The Venture's model is designed to address contributing factors that can be correlated to a sociel issue. The Venture's model can demonstrate impact on addressing the root cause of a sociel issue.

Investor Criteria

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Unrestricted Funding
The foundation or investor provides 2 years of unrestricted funding The foundation or investor provides 3 years of unrestricted funding The foundation or investor provides 4 years of unrestricted funding The foundation or investor provides five or more years of unrestricted funding
Seeding Innovation
The foundation or investors provides seed funding for new intiatives The foundation or investor has a dedicated strategy to find and fund new initiatives The foundation or investor provides funding alongside other investors to seed and grow innovative initiatives The foundation or investor has a distinct venture philanthropy model for grantees/investees and participates in philanthropic funding rounds
Portfolio Alignment
The foundation or investor has explored PRIs and MRIs The foundation or investor has executed a PRI or an MRI The foundation or investor has a set strategy for executing PRIs or MRIs The foundation or investor has aligned their entire portfolio to social impact
Scaling and/or Policy Systems Change
The foundation or investor has explored investing in systems change intitiatives The foundation or investor has invested in a systems change intiative The foundation or investor has a set strategy for investing in systems change intiative The foundation or investor is a field leader and example for investing in systems change
Responsible Organizational Behavior Including Board Diverity, Fair and Gender Based Wages; and Environmental Impact
The foundation or investor has plans to have a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity, adopt fair and gender based wage policies, and track it's environmental impact on the world The foundation or investor has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity. The foundatin or investor has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity and has fair and gender based wage policies. The foundation or investor has a diverse board defined by Gender and Ethnicity, has fair and gender based wage policies, and tracks it's environmental impact on the world
Feedback Loops
The foundation or investor has explored new ways of receiving feedback from investees The foundation or investor has implemented new feedback processes to better serve grantees or investees The foundation or investor has completed a comprehensive self-assessment and grantee perception process The foundation or investor has completed a comprehensive self-assessment and grantee perception process and is a field-leader in feedback loops