Sumerian Foundation co-founder Chris West addresses the gap between social ventures' funding needs and availability of capital. For this, West identifies five areas of accelerating investing for impact.
West explains why this mismatch of funding and capital happens and what can be done to bridge that gap. He compares investing for impact from investing with impact.
He shares that 'investing for impact' is where the primary focus is on achieving a social impact, with any related financial returns as a secondary objective. While 'investing with impact' means the primary focus is on achieving a net positive financial rate of return alongside social impact.
West highlights five most important points that he believes that need to be addressed for significant impact:
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“TEO” and co-founder of Honest Tea, Seth Goldman, talks about living in a shade of grey – businesses wouldn’t exist without its consumers. As he said, “There are current issues we deal with, and even if we solve one of those issues, we should be moving on to the next one. As long as we are a consumer-based economy, there’s no way around it. No way to totally lose that area of grey.”