The Haas Impact Investing Network (HIIN) provides MBA students with first-hand experience in impact investing. HIIN is part of an international network bringing together socially minded MBA students from top business engaged in the process of impact investing. This program is run by MBA Impact Investment Network and Training (MIINT) in partnership with Bridges Ventures.
HIIN is partnered with Better Ventures, an Oakland-based venture firm that provides funding and support to high-growth startups solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. Better Ventures will provide training and mentorship to HIIN student venture teams as they go through the process of developing an investment thesis, sourcing startups, and conducting due diligence.
- HIIN will select up to 25 Impact Investment Fellows through an application process and interview process.
- The program will run from October through March.
- Additionally, Better Ventures will identify potential candidates for Better Ventures Fellows during the Spring term 2018 and interns for Summer 2018.
- Fellows will be divided into teams, each focused on one impact theme. Themes could include health and wellness, education and skills, nutrition, financial inclusion, environment, clean tech, or affordable housing.
- Teams will go through the full impact investing process: researching issue areas, writing an investment thesis, sourcing potential social ventures (early stage startups), conducting due diligence, and selecting a venture to pitch.
- Better Ventures will kick off the program with a workshop on “Sourcing Early Stage Startups,” and will meet with teams as they move from sourcing to diligence.
- Better Ventures will consider investments in UC Berkeley startups sourced by HIIN teams.
- HIIN will organize additional speakers, internal trainings, and treks to meet with local impact investors.
- HIIN is open to current FT and EW students at Berkeley Haas.
- Both first year and second year students are encouraged to apply.
- No previous experience in impact investing or social enterprise is necessary, although a basic understanding of investing is helpful.
- The application process for the 2018-19 Fellows is now closed.
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