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Motivated by impact investing's vast potential to scale social and environmental innovations in developing and developed countries, Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) seeks to provide experience-based training to its 200+ student members for leadership and professional roles in impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Most learning at CI3 happens through events and consulting projects for investors and entrepreneurs.
CI3's Impact Investing Fund will be created in 2012 as a non-profit and will be based in New York City. Its mission is to provide CI3's international and interdisciplinary membership with hands-on learning on the strategic and management issues and practices of impact investing. In a 2-year graduate program, this Fund will expose CI3 members to 1 or 2 full impact investment cycles.
Its Board of Directors and Investment Sub-Committee will be comprised by thought leaders in the fields of impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and social innovation, who currently take part in CI3's Board of Advisors:
1. Philip LaRocco. Founder of E+Co
2. Patrik Ball. VP, Debt Investments Relationship Manager at Developing World Markets
3. Sarah Holloway. Management Specialization Director at SIPA
4. Giselle Leung. Manager of Investors' Council at Global Impact Investing Network
5. David Kyle. COO at Calvert Foundation and former CIO at Acumen Fund
6. Thomas Gros. Associate at McKinsey & Company and former Co-President of CI3
7. Thorsten Wirkes. Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company and former Co-President of CI3
8. Vladimir Olarte. Co-President of CI3, former Managing Consultant at Kaiser Associates and Invest Hong Kong
CI3's Impact Investing Fund will have a Deal Sourcing Team and a Portfolio Management Team, geared at investing debt capital, convertible notes, and equity capital in early stage social enterprises and entrepreneurs focused on four CI3 target areas:
1. Improve access to higher education by vunerable young men and woman (e.g. prospective investee: Lumni)
2. Increase access to clean and renewable energy by vulnerable communities and families (e.g. prospective investee: DLight)
3. Improve access to quality social housing for vulnerable families (e.g. prospective investee: MexVi)
4. Develop inclusive agricultural value chains in developing countries (e.g. prospective investee: Colombian Coffee Growers Federation)