Since our beginnings in 2004, Aeris has established risk management standards for private community loan funds (CDFIs) and has helped drive the development of impact measurement and management practices in the CDFI industry—a learning curve now being replicated in the broader impact investment world. In 2013, the Aeris Cloud became the first online platform to help CDFI investors understand the impact and financial performance of their investments. Today, the broader investing field seeks a reliable, high-quality tool to collect, manage, and analyze impact data. Aeris’ unique experience and expertise can help accelerate the pace of impact investing.
Kapor Capital invests in tech-driven early stage companies committed to closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and/or communities of color in the United States. We are particularly interested in those that address gaps of disproportionate relevance to African-Americans and Latinx communities.
We are open to invest across every sector, including education, work, finance, justice, food and health.
Beginning in 2011, we have invested exclusively in companies that have real potential to produce both significant financial returns and large-scale social impact by:
closing gaps of access to information or goods and services; and/or
expanding economic opportunity in the workplace and the marketplace; and/or
increasing outcomes such as efficiency and competitiveness of market-based solutions to social and economic issues.
We seek entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, especially people of color, women and other groups that have been historically underrepresented. We believe lived experience helps entrepreneurs identify rapidly-scalable, market-based solutions others have overlooked.
Moreover, we believe gap-closing startups have an advantage when their teams reflect the demographics of the markets they serve, as illustrated by our Founders’ Commitment. Centered on four strategic actions, our Founders’ Commitment requires all new portfolio companies to make diversity and inclusion a core part of their business.
So, do you fit our general investment criteria? Yes, if:
your startup is tech-driven, in the early stage, and has potential for large-scale economic success, and
your startup closes a significant gap of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and/or communities of color in the U.S., and
you are committed to building a diverse team and an inclusive company culture as guided by The Founders’ Commitment
The Weissberg Foundation (“Foundation”) envisions a just world that recognizes inequities and builds access, opportunity, and power so that all can thrive. Through funding, amplification, capacity building, and collaboration, the Foundation advances organizations and efforts that give voice and opportunity to historically marginalized populations. The Foundation supports this mission and its operations with the assets in its Endowment Portfolio (“Endowment”). All capital has impact (positive, negative, and neutral) and the Foundation will evaluate this impact through the lens of our mission, economic opportunity, and with attention to the broader public good. We acknowledge that capital markets perpetuate structures of unequal access to opportunities, which reinforces and grows the social and economic inequities of our society. Only through intentional allocation of capital can we influence, expose, and change these existing conditions. Achieving social equity and sustainability requires alignment of our Endowment with the Foundation’s mission and vision. A fiduciary responsibility of the Foundation is to invest capital to maximize a rate of return in a way that that does not harm or detract from its mission or vision. When applicable, the Foundation will prioritize investments in traditionally marginalized populations, reduction of inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, and peace justice and strong institutions.
Upstart Co-Lab believes in the power of creative people to solve problems. We are disrupting how creativity is funded by connecting the $12 trillion of socially responsible and impact investing capital in the U.S. to the $804 billion U.S. creative economy.
Since 2016, Upstart Co-Lab has framed the creative economy as an impact investing priority; garnered international attention for impact investing in the creative economy; and connected more than $10 million of impact capital with creative economy opportunities. We have learned that the creative economy offers investors impact value, commercial viability and innovative edge; correlates with diversity, equity, inclusion; and is relevant in both developed and developing markets.
Recognized as the sector leader, Upstart Co-Lab is relentlessly focused on moving $25 million of impact capital to the creative economy in the next three years. We will do this working with investors partners and strategic partners to originate new investment vehicles including a socially-themed ETF, a fund focused on the global handcraft economy, and an Opportunity Zone Fund. Upstart Co-Lab is a project of nonprofit Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.