Roots of Impact is a specialized advisory firm dedicated to pioneering effective finance solutions for scaling high-impact enterprises. We are working closely with public funders and impact investors across the globe to scale unique enterprises and innovations that have a strong potential for positive impact on people and planet.
As pioneers in Impact-Linked Finance, we are passionate about the most effective use of public funds and catalytic capital. Our mission is to create maximum ‘impact leverage’ for and with our partners by mobilizing private investment for high-impact opportunities with the help of public-private investment partnerships. While we are primarily working with investors and funders, we deeply understand and care for the needs of impact entrepreneurs, too.
Mobilizing private capital for sustainable development
Our team is specialized in all aspects of innovative and blended finance. This enables us to be a strong support to our partners when they pursue their missions to unlock capital for impact at scale. Our role is to design and implement innovative solutions that make use of public and catalytic funds to mobilize much-needed private investment for sustainable development. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO.
Placing impact at the core
We consider impact assessment to be an imperative to understand when exactly blended and innovative finance solutions are needed and how they can be optimized. To embed impact at the core of finance, we design and implement funding and investment solutions that fairly balance risks and returns and provide impact-aligned incentives. READ ABOUT SOCIAL IMPACT INCENTIVES and IMPACT-LINKED FINANCE
Engaging in education
As a market builder, we are passionate about providing research and education to support more effective impact finance. To fulfill this mission, we kicked off the Initiative for Blended Finance at the University of Zurich (IBF) and are running the Social Finance Academy (SFA). The goal of SFA is to empower impact entrepreneurs to access finance and professionalize their impact management. IBF strives to be a global competence center for the practical and effective application of blended and innovative finance. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INITIATIVE FOR BLENDED FINANCE and the SOCIAL FINANCE ACADEMY.
What is Impact-Linked Finance?
Together with the Boston Consulting Group, we designed the concept of financial solutions for market-based organizations that directly link financial rewards to the achievements of positive social outcomes. GET MORE DETAILS
How do Social Impact Incentives work?
We invented Social Impact Incentives (SIINC) as a funding instrument that rewards high-impact enterprises with premium payments for achieving social impact. LEARN MORE ABOUT SIINC IN PRACTICE
Who are the people behind Roots of Impact?
Our team combines passion for impact with expertise in venture capital, corporate finance, development and innovative finance, public policy, social entrepreneurship and impact management. MEET OUR TEAM