Free Online Course: Access to Impact Investment for Social Enterprises

Free Online Course: Access to Impact Investment for Social Enterprises

VIVA Idea and the Social Finance Academy teamed up to develop an entire, free and actionable online course that empowers social entrepreneurs worldwide to speak “social finance” and prepare for a successful access to impact investors.

Do you speak Social Finance? Are you enthusiastic about making a change, but wonder why it seems so hard to get funded? Are you tired of getting NO’s from potential investors who don’t understand what kind of impact you’re up to? Join the free learning experience!

This “how to” course is based on practical experiences and proven concepts from the field and is wrapped around a signature framework that explains – step by step – how the process from getting investment-ready via signing a financing contract to establishing good investor relations, avoiding mission drift and approaching the next financing (or responsible exit) will typically unfold in real life.
•How to secure capital for scaling
•How to navigate your way through the thick forest of social capital markets
•How to communicate your impact and tell your story in a convincing way
•Which tools and resources are effective to become investment-ready
•How to create a robust financing strategy and model
•How to explore and choose the most appropriate financing instruments
•How to define the right investor search profile and approach
•How to prepare for an effective negotiation, due diligence and communication process with investors – before and after the contract is signed
•How to avoid drifting away from your mission all along this process


The entire online course spans 8 weeks and follows a specific framework, covering the main challenges along the entire “lifecycle” of a social enterprise from a financing perspective – from defining the theory of change via securing investment until managing post-investment activities. A major focus of the course lies on raising social entrepreneurs’ confidence and ability to successfully attract investors. The entire course will provide a multitude of additional features such as worksheets, assignments, case studies, online readiness checks, infographics, expert views and ‘deeper dive’ material.

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