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Social Finance Academy (SFA)

Empowering impact entrepreneurs to access finance


The Social Finance Academy (SFA) provides practice-driven knowledge and tools that empower impact entrepreneurs to access finance and professionalize impact management. It effectively combines open and free online education with personal on-site trainings and acceleration programs run by our partners.

The Academy’s mission is to educate impact entrepreneurs to successfully attract and deploy capital for scaling positive impact. It also provides valuable insights on how to measure, assess and manage impact. Practical knowledge addresses relevant topics such as investment readiness, innovative financing or lean impact management. This enables entrepreneurs to reach common ground with investors and to learn to speak the same ‚language‘.

The Social Finance Academy works in partnerships with incubators, accelerators and other service providers for impact enterprises globally to complement their programs with ready to use content and tools. Our team is running train-the-trainer and other capacity building programs for our partners. One concrete program of this kind is B-Briddhi, created by Roots of Impact, SDC and LightCastle Partners. For more, feel free to check out the Social Finance Academy’s website.

SFA online learning platform

Do you want to be part of the Social Finance Academy journey? Register for our online learning platform or our newsletter. Among our offerings on the platform, you will find the free online course „Access to Impact Investment for Social Enterprises“ that we co-created with VIVA Idea and Ashoka.

Education programs for public funders and impact investors

We partnered up with the University of Zurich to create the Initiative for Blended Finance (IBF). It engages in research and education for effective Blended Finance and brings together excellent academic, knowledge and practice partners.

Our ‚Impact Investment and Blended Finance‘ (IIBF) executive education programs, which we kicked off in 2018, have migrated to their new home at the IBF. If you are eager to learn how to use public funds to attract private investment for high-impact enterprises addressing the SDGs, you can check out the IBF education page for upcoming iterations.  Interested but can’t make it to Zurich yet? Stay tuned for future programs.

Other select SFA partners

SFA in the news

For a quick read about what makes the Social Finance Academy special, here is an introduction article on Next Billion.