Social Finance Academy

Social Finance Academy (SFA)

A one-stop shop for practice-driven knowledge


The Social Finance Academy is a one-stop-shop for knowledge & tools about Impact Investing, Innovative & Blended Finance as well as Social Enterprise Financing. It effectively combines practice-driven, open and free online education with personal on-site trainings.

The Academy’s mission is to educate impact investors, social entrepreneurs and public & philanthropic funders to successfully attract and deploy capital for scaling positive impact. Practical knowledge addresses relevant topics such as investment readiness, innovative financing or investor practices in generating financial and social returns. This enables investors, funders and entrepreneurs to reach common ground and to finally speak the same language.

The Social Finance Academy works in partnerships with Impact Hub, Ashoka, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the University of Zurich Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP), Convergence, and top impact investor networks. Feel free to check out the Social Finance Academy’s website for more.

Blended Finance executive program

In August 2018, the Social Finance Academy, the University of Zurich Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) and Convergence successfully ran for the first time a Blended Finance executive program with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The program is targeted at develop­ment agencies, public or multi­lateral organizations and foundations with a focus on international development. Eager to learn how to use public funds to attract private investment for high-impact enterprises addressing the SDGs? The next program iteration in August 2019 is open for registration. Check out our program flyer and details!

Interested but can’t make it to Zurich in August 2019? Stay tuned for future programs in other regions.


SFA online learning platform

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


SFA in the news

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