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Impact Investing in Public Equities: Recap - Impact Engine - Medium

By Elise O'Malley The relationship between impact investors and public equity markets began long before the recent boom of traction and media coverage we see today. For decades, institutions and individuals have used public equity strategies to support their personal values or influence corporate behavior.

Impact Engine's 2018 Holiday Reading List - Impact Engine - Medium

By Elizabeth Coston McCluskey It's time for Impact Engine's fourth annual Holiday Reading List. For 2018, we've outlined some of the research and news in each of our four focus areas that has helped shape our perspective on the opportunities in the market.

The 5Ps of Impact - Impact Engine - Medium

By Tasha Seitz and Priya Parrish The 5Ps of Impact: A Framework for Impact Investment Strategies For impact investors to generate measurable social returns, it's critical to identify an investment strategy that specifies how the intended social outcome will be achieved.

Does Your Company Have the Right KPIs? - Impact Engine - Medium

Impact Engine recently had our annual portfolio summit where many of our portfolio company CEOs gathered together to share their successes, learn from each other's experiences, and discuss key challenges. One of the highlights of the event was when Mike Evans and Josh Evnin from Fixer, one of our most recent investments, led the group through an extremely useful exercise on developing and evaluating key performance indicators (KPIs).

Tips for Talking to Impact Investors - Impact Engine - Medium

When it comes to fundraising, finding the right investors to back your startup is key. This is true for nearly all early stage companies looking for capital, but when it comes to impact companies, finding the right financial partners is even more important.

Glimpse: Why We Invested - Impact Engine - Medium

At Impact Engine, one of our four impact areas of focus is education. Time and time again, we have heard from companies that the best edtech products have to fight against mediocre ones because of the relationship-based nature of sales in many school districts.

Fixer: Why We Invested - Impact Engine - Medium

The United States is currently faced with an alarming labor shortage of skilled workers in the trades. Over 60% of skilled tradesmen are over the age of 44, and the industry will struggle to fill these roles as younger generations continue to seek employment in other industries.

Scaling Impact: Why Mission-Aligned Investors are Essential

To create meaningful social change, it's important for mission-driven companies to scale the business in a way that maintains and strengthens its social contribution alongside revenues and profits. There is a critical need for investors that support established, growth stage businesses committed to creating lasting social and economic value, yet few private equity impact funds exist.

Impact Engine - Medium

At Impact Engine, one of our four impact areas of focus is education. Time and time again, we have heard from companies that the best edtech products have to fight against mediocre ones because of the relationship-based nature of sales in many school districts. The reality underlying...