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Beyond the Label: How to Diligence Impact in Private Equity Funds

By Priya Parrish The label "impact investment" is controversial. Many firms use it for marketing purposes with little to show in behavior. Others avoid using it, despite their strategies and outcomes being quite impactful, because of the negative assumptions some people make about it.

Why We Invested: PadSplit

By Elizabeth Coston McCluskey and Sarah McGraw As more and more people migrate towards urban areas in search of education and economic opportunities, cities and suburbs across America are experiencing a housing crisis. Complicating matters, new housing production has not kept up with demand.

Why We Invested: MyVillage

By Elizabeth Coston McCluskey and Sam Abbott Working families face a number of obstacles when seeking child care, with one of the biggest barriers being supply of high-quality providers. According to the Center for American Progress, 42% of children under age 5 in the US live in child care "deserts" - places lacking adequate access to quality child care options.

Realizing Impact: Education

By Chris Wu and Roger Liew One of the best things about impact venture capital investing is that while you can wait several years or more to realize financial returns, impact returns are realized as soon as you have customers and efficacy. We love to watch our portfolio's impact evolve and improve.

Why We Invested: FutureFuel

By Elizabeth Coston McCluskey and Tasha Seitz Challenge Student debt has reached a crisis level. Recent estimates show there are 44 million borrowers in the US owing a total of $1.6 trillion in student loan debt, with those figures continuing to grow.

Why We Invested: CancerIQ - Impact Engine - Medium

By Elizabeth Coston McCluskey & Tasha Seitz 10% of people have a genetic predisposition to breast, ovarian or colon cancer, and the field of genetic testing to identify those populations is moving very quickly.

The 2019 Chicago Impact Investing Showcase: A Recap

By Elise O'Malley We are still reveling in the enthusiasm and turnout for our annual Chicago Impact Investing Showcase, which took place on February 19 at Venue SIX10. Over 350 attendees from diverse backgrounds - students, investors, fund managers, entrepreneurs - came to learn about leading impact investors in Chicago and their work.

2018 In Review - Impact Engine - Medium

By Elise O'Malley Over the last year, we have continued to see reports about the growth of the impact investing industry. In an article featuring our firm, Crunchbase attributed this growth to the rising number of socially-conscious millennials entering the workforce.

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...