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Insights

Please keep in mind while touring the Insights that they are only reflective of the data within the Network Map – not the full Impact Investing landscape. You can learn more about our methodology to reflect this data through our Data Policy on the About Page.  

The Impact Investing Network Map provides a variety of ways to view information across the Impact Investing ecosystem. Our vision is to create a robust platform that displays information around investors, companies and investments that represent the full scope of impact investing activity. In analyzing the Network Map data, we identified common behaviors across companies, investors, funds and intermediaries around information-sharing. Below, you’ll find several early insights based on the Network Map dataset. These include the types of organizations that are active in Impact Investing, the impact objectives they are targeting, where they seek to have impact and some transaction details.

The Beta version of the Network Map creates a unique opportunity to build a coalition of Impact Investing data contributors. With the contribution of more data, we can fill the information gaps to create the robust and complete insights necessary to accurately reflect this burgeoning market.

  • Investors & Companies

    Showing the connections between investors and the companies they fund is a key feature of the Network Map. As new investors consider Impact Investing, many are curious about who is already active. The map is designed to highlight the movers and shakers that, according to our current dataset, have made the greatest number of impact investments and are connected to the largest number of companies. As more data is added, the depth and scope of the connections will increase.

    • According to the data, the top 20 most connected investors have made a total of 1,302 impact investments.
    • 1,159 companies have received investments from the top 20 most connected investors.
    • 545 impact investments have been made by the top 3 most connected investors.
    • 459 companies have received investments from the top 3 most connected investors.

    The rise of B Corps and other innovative company structures provide helpful signals on how innovative companies can design for both their social and financial objectives. While we have some early insights, the addition of more data will allow us to understand which structures are most common, where they are and how they support entrepreneurs, founders and teams to maximize their social mission without sacrificing financial returns.

    • Within the data, only 62.0% of investors and 43.8% of companies have disclosed their organization’s legal structure.
    • According to disclosed information, the most frequent legal structure for investors is C Corporation and C Corporation for companies.

    Investor and company legal structures

    Investors
    Companies
    Benefit Corporation
    34
    96
    C Corporation
    581
    904
    Cooperative
    1
    6
    Government
    38
    3
    Holding Company
    5
    1
    Hybrid
    15
    33
    Limited Liability Company
    106
    300
    Nonprofit
    489
    596
    Other
    493
    641
    Partnership
    176
    53
    S Corporation
    2
    9
    Sole-proprietorship
    4
    44
    Undisclosed
    1,190
    3,440

    Note: Due to disclosure rates around legal structures, this data should not be used to draw conclusions about investor or company characteristics in this dataset.

  • Impact Objectives

    A primary characteristic of “impact” is intentionality – the explicit pursuit of social impact. The IRIS taxonomy is used in the Network Map to categorize each investor’s and company’s intended impact objective. It’s possible for companies and investors to select multiple objectives to capture the diversity of their activity and intentions. Over time, we hope that the inclusion of more data allows us to explore the most common impact objectives, and better understand the types of investments directed toward those objectives.

    • 89.3% of investors and 77.0% of companies have disclosed at least one impact objective.
    • In the instance that impact objectives are disclosed, investors most frequently identify 1, similarly, for companies that number is 2.
    • According to the disclosed information, Access To Financial Services is the most frequently reported impact objective by investors.
    • And Community Development is the most frequently reported impact object for companies.

    Number of impact objectives

    Investors

    Companies

    Note: The Network Map data is currently under review for improved accuracy to ensure all companies and investors have selected at least one impact objective, inclusive of social, environmental and operational considerations.

    Social and environmental impact objectives

    Note: Investors and companies can currently select more than one objective, and may be represented across multiple objectives. The total number of investors and companies represented across objectives may exceed the total number of organizations within the dataset.

  • Geography

    The Network Map also provides a snapshot of where investors and entrepreneurs are focusing their investments and activities. The current data only reveals some information about the countries where investors and companies are most active, but we hope that continued disclosure and reporting will unveil a more complete picture. There’s so much we can learn about where Impact Investing actors work, and we encourage you to join us in sharing more data around where you intend to have the most impact.

    • Impact geography has been disclosed for 0.0% of investors and 0.0% of companies within the dataset.
    • According to the disclosed information, North America and North America are the most frequently reported impact geographies for investors and companies respectively.

    Number of investors by continent

    • North America
      1,508
    • Europe
      650
    • Asia
      440
    • Africa
      266
    • South America
      102
    • Oceania
      55
    • Undisclosed
      437

    Number of companies by continent

    • North America
      3,266
    • Asia
      811
    • Europe
      714
    • Africa
      370
    • South America
      304
    • Oceania
      77
    • Undisclosed
      1,036

    Investors and companies can select more than one impact geography; therefore, the total number of organizations represented across all geographies may exceed the total number of investors and companies in the data set.

  • Investment

    A lack of information-sharing around investment and performance data is not a new phenomenon. Across many types of investing, we know that the culture of sharing is not as robust as we’d like it to be. In line with this, we have the least amount of information on transaction-level data for the individual deals tracked in this dataset. For the investment information that can be captured through the Network Map, we’re pleased to share certain specifics – like the investors who have participated in a fundraising round, the stage of the round and the overall amount raised. For more information on how transaction-level data should be viewed, please see our Data Policy on the About Page.

    • 35.7% of investments reported have disclosed the investment round.
    • 39.2% of investments shared have included the dollar amount invested.

    Number of investments by round

    Note: Number of Investments are counted by individual investor participation in a funding event. The number of investments does not suggest aggregate investments by round.

    Total investment amount by investment round

    Note: Total investment by round does not capture individual investment allocations.

The inclusion of any information within the Impact Investing Network Map is not an indication of an endorsement, recommendation or advisement with regard to any investment decisions. Data updated 6/24/2018