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Effective solutions for financing impact at scale

Roots of Impact is a specialized advisory firm dedicated to making finance work for positive impact on people and planet. We collaborate closely with public funders and impact investors across the globe to scale high-performing enterprises and innovations with strong potential for impact.

As pioneers of Impact-Linked Finance, we are passionate about the most effective use of public funds and catalytic capital. Our mission is maximize ‘impact leverage’ by mobilizing private investment for high-impact opportunities and shaping innovative public-private investment partnerships. While we are primarily working with investors and funders, we deeply understand and care for the needs of impact entrepreneurs. DIVE INTO OUR IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS.

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 source of support to our partners as 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 imperative to understanding 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 run 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 BCG, we defined the practice 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 created 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

Selected Partners

We are working with thought-leading and like-minded partners in all of our projects. Find out more about OUR MAIN COLLABORATIONS TO DATE