Newsletter - Oct 2017
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Join Us For Our End of Year Event..

3 weeks and counting down!

Impact Startup Investment.. Stories and Battle Scars

Our 2017 year-end event on Thursday 16th November at The Platform, Perth, will bring together some of the most respected leaders in the WA startup ecosystem for a conversation focusing the ins-and-outs of angel investment in impact businesses, and a deep dive into the stories, and battle scars of the startup journey.

Presented in a combination format of fireside chat, storytelling and learning, this event will also feature homegrown WA social impact businesses that have recently secured investment sharing their achievements and challenges. 

Our special guests confirmed so far include:

- Tom Kooy - Impact Investor, Venture Advisor & Coach
- Sharon Grosser - Co Founder, SEQTA Software
- Tyler Spooner - Co Founder, Feedmee App
- Cath Resnick - Co Founder, Kinchip Systems

We will also have a very special announcement on the night around our inaugural ImpactSpark incubation and learning series which will shape collaboration in the social enterprise and social business space in WA in a very impactful way in 2018.

Bring a notepad, pen and your most important questions along for an evening of insight, learning,networking.. and our end of year celebration, supported once again by the amazing Stormflower Vineyard and The Long Table.

This event is strictly limited to 80 seats, and with tickets moving fast, it will sell out, so book now.


*Stormflower are kindly offering Impact Seed guests for our year end event 10% off their SSB and Cabernet Shiraz during November. Ticket holders will receive a code post-event to take advantage of this offer.. a great way to stock up for the festive season ahead.

Necessity is the mother of invention..and innovation!  Have your say.


In Australia, social services expenditure has already passed $154 billion and demand in key areas growing faster than GDP. The need to consider alternatives is clear.  Globally, over 17 countries are now involved in driving capital for public good to a tipping point by 2020.

The Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing, wants to hear your views on what is happening and what is needed here to drive innovation and capital for impact, with this Impact Investing survey currently underway.

Are you mid-app for the Discovery Grant? Then hurry, only 4 days left.

The Discovery Grant provides not-for-profit organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to explore pathways towards financial sustainability and plant the seed for future impact investment propositions.  If you're an NFP looking to co-invest in or develop a mission aligned social enterprise and need capacity building support from Impact Seed, then get in touch because this grant may be for you. Click here for details.

Social Business Looking for Investment? List your Deal Here.

Listing your deal on the new Ausralian Impact Investing Hub will contribute to the continued growth of impact investing locally. The Impact Investing Hub aims to connect potential investors, investees, and intermediaries in the Australian impact investing ecosystem, and provides a map of the ecosystem and the deals that have taken place to date.  Click here to apply.

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Our 10 Most Interesting Articles of the Month

We’ve trawled the innards of the internet to bring you a curated look at the world of impact investment, innovation, social businesses, critical thought and reflection, with a smattering of events and news.

1) The 2017 Impact Investment Summit in Sydney is 3 weeks's the peak gathering of Asia Pacific’s impact investment community, convening active investors and those exploring the development of an impact investment strategy.  Treasurer, Scott Morrison, and Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, will both address the summit, in addition to the twenty international speakers and forty local panelists featuring in the stellar line-up.
2) SEWF 2017: what the delegates thought..There were 1,600 people from all around the world at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch last week, making it the biggest world forum to date. Rata Ingram had a chat with some of them to find out what was inspiring them and what lessons they were going to take home.
3) Insights from the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) 17 Conference.. It only launched last year, but the The Rise Fund was all over the agenda at last week’s SOCAP17, which draws investors and entrepreneurs to San Francisco each year to discuss issues at the intersection of money and meaning.

4) Why Impact Investing Funds Need To Invest In Creativity

5) Impact investors raising capital for food and agriculture projects that they believe have the potential to fix a broken food system.  A growing number of investment companies in this realm are using capital to help ranchers switch to 100 percent grass-fed beef production, connect small farms to communities with little access to fresh food and transition farmland used to grow commodity corn and soy to organic, regenerative systems.
6) Swell Investing is a new impact investing platform incorporating the latest fintech tools for investing, commonly known as robo-advisors paired with impact data to make informed decisions about impact. The idea came from thinking about how consumers were increasingly making buying decisions based on social impact and that there ought to be a way for investors to do the same.
7) Financial Times: Impact Investments in Israel and the Palestinian territories.. A project to produce tablets for schoolchildren and their parents, a company that reduces the need for pesticides, an IT development centre in a crisis-ridden location and a bond to fight type 2 diabetes. What do these disparate schemes have in common? They are all cited by investors and entrepreneurs as examples of impact investments in Israel and the Palestinian territories.  One way or another, people are increasingly aware of the impact that investments can have in the ongoing conflict. 
8) Stanford Social Innovation Review: Talking About Ethics in Impact Investing.  To make the best and most consistent decisions, impact investors need to think about values as much as they think about growth and financial returns.
9) TPG recently raised $2 billion for The Rise Fund, the biggest impact-investing fund to date. It is run by TPG's Bill McGlashan and some big profile board members such as the musician/philanthropist Bono, Richard Branson, Reid Hoffman and TPG's Coulter and David Bonderman. The fund's goal is to invest in health care, education and clean energy projects.
10) Salesforce Just Launched A $50 Million Impact Investing Fund  It will focus on investing on companies doing innovative impact work using Salesforce’s software in the fields of workplace development, equality, sustainability, and the social sector.

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