The Haas Impact Fund invests in exciting early-stage impact-oriented startups. Student Venture Partners lead sourcing, diligence, and portfolio stewardship of early-stage social enterprises. 

During the spring semester course, student Venture Partners source promising early-stage impact startups in ten different impact areas such as Health, Financial Access, and Renewable Energy.

In April at the annual Invest for Impact Pitch Competition, student Venture Partners pitch recommendations to a panel of judges for up to $50,000 equity investment from the Haas Impact Fund along with potential additional funding from a select group of funds.

Applications for the Haas Impact Fund open each year in the Fall.

2021 Student Venture Partners

Financial Wellness

Food & Agriculture


Housing/Workforce Development

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Products

Sustainable Services & Supply Chain

Technology for Development

Urban Innovation, Transportation & Sustainability


Faculty and Staff

Adair Morse

Founding Faculty Director of the Sustainable and Impact Finance initiative at Haas and a distinguished Professor in finance at Haas

Julia Sze

Distinguished Professional Faculty member with a career in impact investing, aligning mission and values across all asset classes

Bulbul Gupta

Professional Faculty member and current President & CEO of Pacific Community Ventures

Katherine Baird

Program Director of the Sustainable and Impact Finance initiative at Berkeley Haas

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