Thanks to interest by investorflow.org investors and others, this Malawian venture raised $112K+ to acquire competitor Alfa Medics and extend its impactful livestock veterinary supply chain nationally, increase revenues seven-fold, and generate profits to grow the company sustainably using retained earnings. Full story.Read More »
There’s no shortage of quality investment opportunities for impact investors. But trying to find co-investors to fund a deal is far from easy. Not unlike philanthropists, their interests vary greatly. Much more than tech investors. And they live all over the world, not just in Silicon Valley. In an era when you can meet your future spouse using an online dating service, why can’t you find co-investors as easily? Now you can.
Read the full story on Forbes.com.Read More »
Who, What, Where, and How:
The First 151 Investors
Who are these “so called” impact investors? Where do they live? Where do they invest? What sectors do they invest in? Which stages of growth? What investment structures do they use?Read More »
Impact investors are picky. They each have specific sectors, geographies, stages, and scale that have to match their interests, in addition to the standard needs of liking the team, the plan, and the opportunity.
Case in point: today we circulated a total of eight deals shared by lead investors. In total they matched 43 of the 140 investor/group profiles on our network (“group,” as some of our profiles represent foundations, family offices and whole investor groups).
The two new deals bring the total deals on our platform to 12. These come from companies on five continents: Africa (4), South America (3), USA (2), India (2) and Europe (1).
The current deals represent a wide range of company stages: prototype (2), initial revenues (3), growing revenues (4), scaling the business (2) and expansion (1). Likewise, they are raising a variety of different amounts, with five seeking $1 million or more, and four with rounds of $200,000 or less.
When lead investors post deals for sharing, we match them on the back end with only those investors for whom the deal is a fit. If you only care about deals in Africa, or those involving renewable energy, or those in growth-stage companies raising more than $2 million, then you will only receive emails about these deals. Perhaps most important, we are already seeing investors responding to deals by expressing interest or asking questions of the lead investor.
Several more deals are lining up in the queue, and we expect the pace to increase in the weeks ahead as we continue to onboard more individual and institutional investors.Read More »
What do Nigerian tomatoes, Indian private schools, and Malawi veterinary suppliers have in common?
They represent three of the most recent impact investment deals (a.k.a. “flows”) shared by lead investors seeking like-minded investors via investorflow.org: Tomato Jos, SEED Schools, and Ziweto Enterprise. They also underscore how impact investors are all around the world and have a wide range of investment preferences.
Now that more than 115 profiles have been set up on our platform, with an estimated reach to somewhere from 300 to 500 investors around the world, these new flows are getting global exposure. Broad distribution is important in impact investing because, as we mentioned in this recent Forbes article, impact investors are everywhere. There is no one Silicon Valley of impact, which makes it hard for a lead investor to find the right co-investors to complete a round.
What’s more, the fact that these early deals come from all across the globe coincides with how impact investors’ tastes vary greatly and many have a wide geographic lens. Of our investors’ non-exclusive location preferences, Africa tops the list at 29%, followed by Asia (21%), USA/Canada (20%), Latin America (18%) and global (12.9%).
Tomato Jos, SEED Schools, and Ziweto Enterprise also differ from each other in a number of ways, such as: they seek to address various U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, are at different stages of development (early revenues vs. scaling the business), are raising different amounts of funding ($112,000 vs. $2.1 million), and are pursuing different milestones (acquiring a competitor vs. expanding to 27 new sites).Read More »
It’s day 77 since we launched investorflow.org, and we’ve been so busy signing up investors that we didn’t have a chance to look at where these investors live. As we passed the 100 sign-up milestone today, we pause to answer that question.
They hail from no fewer than 20 countries and six continents (as no one has signed on yet from Antarctica, but we remain cautiously optimistic). Just over half are from the U.S., with 10% from Europe, then Africa at 7%, Canada at 5%, and others scattered across Hong Kong/China, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru and the Philippines.
What’s more, these investors represent a range of individuals and organizations. Just over one-third are individuals and another third are funds. The next largest category at about one in seven consists of family offices. Of the rest, roughly seven percent are foundations and there are a handful of wealth advisors.
Both these views are a bit misleading, as impact investor groups such as Toniic and Gratitude Railroad have each signed up under a single profile, and we’re not taking into account all 500+ investors that are reachable through the network of networks. We’re in active conversations with a number of other impact investing groups around the world who have expressed interest or are testing the waters, and are eager to keep up this pace of sign-ups, heading toward 1,000 investors in the next few months.
GeekWire called us “online dating for socially conscious investors worldwide,” and we attribute that function for the amazing adoption rate.
This week, we are focused on circulating the second round of “flows” — deals posted by lead investors and which we share privately via email with other investors on our platform for whom these deals are a fit. Interested to learn more? Contact us or sign up here.Read More »
Two months after launching investorflow.org, and we’ve already lost count of the number of investors in the network.
It’s not that we can’t count the number of sign-ups and investor profiles, that’s easy. The problem is that a dozen of these profiles are for funds and foundations, and a few are for whole groups of investors. So we’re already well past the era where it makes sense to talk about numbers of profiles.
Funds include acceess2innovation, Adobe Capital, AgDevCo, Ascender, Beyond Capital, Community Ventures, D3Jubilee, FARM, Fledge, Global Partnerships, Hayden Capital, Impact Accelerator, Impact Engine, Impact First, Index-Asia, Mercy Corps, Northwest Social Venture Fund, Ryanna Capital, Satori Capital, SJF Ventures, Sorenson Impact Fund, SOW (Asia), Stiching renew, SWAN, The Kantian Group, Varshney Capital, Wireframe Capital, and Working Capital for Community Needs.
Over half of the profiles are groups and funds. It will be interesting to see if that keeps up over the next two months. It’s been nothing but interesting so far in seeing this network form, and despite the focus of this post on groups and funds, we welcome any and all individual impact investors along with foundations, funds, groups, and anyone else who can help connect the right funding to the right impact investments.Read More »
It’s rare when a new idea gets adopted quickly, but when it does look out, as the world can change in what later feels like an instant. Impact investing is having that feeling now, as the idea is grabbing the attention of more and more people.
We’re feeling that same excitement at investorflow.org, as we launched on January 2, 2017, and every day since investors have been signing up.
The plan for Day 1 was to reach out to investors we knew, to start with our own most trusted investors, with the typical struggle to then get to their network, and their network’s network, etc. But no, there is something in the air of impact investing and a definite need for a service to match up impact investors and thus on Day 1, investors we didn’t know came calling to sign up.
Same on Day 2. And Day 3. Day 4, 5, 6, and 7 too. Day after day in January, every day, at least one investor came calling, sometimes two, or three, and by the end of the month, eight in one day.
Over 50 investors a month after launching, with 32 of these profiled and ready to start sharing their investments.
50 may not sound like much, but if we can keep up the pace of adding 1 investor per day each day, investorflow.org will have 365 investors by the end of the year, making it one of biggest networks of impact investors ever. And we’ve still yet to invite most of our network to join in, as we’ve been busy meeting all these new investors.
If you are an impact investor interested in meeting and co-investing with like-minded investors, we’d love to to join. It’s free. It’s just a few questions about your taste in impact. And our goal is to only ever share with you investment opportunities you’ll like, pre-vetted by fellow investors.
Not crowdfunding. Not dealflow. Investorflow.Read More »
One problem slowing down investment in social enterprise startups is a simple matter of numbers: It’s difficult to get enough investors together to raise the necessary financing, because they tend to be scattered all around the world…. Plus, even if there’s an acceptable number of impact investors in an area, chances are they aren’t all interested in the same causes or type of venture.
Read the rest on Forbes.comRead More »
It’s time to start adding investors and flows. If you are an impact investor interested in joining the network, please contact us below.
If you are an impactful entrepreneur seeking funding, contact us too, but also please introduce us to your existing investor(s).
The reality is that most startup investments do not come from companies pitching investors, but from investors pitching their fellow investors. The problem isn’t a lack of dealflow, nor a lack of crowd. The problem is efficiently matching the right deal to the right investor, one investor to another.Or more simply… the problem isn’t dealflow but investorflow.investorflow.org brings you the world’s first online service that connects investors to like-minded investors. Both those they already know and those they’ve yet to meet.To start with, we’re bringing this service to impact investors, who today are scattered around the world and who today are already investing globally, thus making the process of finding like-minded investors even more difficult.Read More »