Making an Impact

Denver Startup Week session explores impact investing with social value

“When’s the last time somebody said, ‘I have the coolest negative-10-percent investment opportunity for you?’” Dr. Stephanie Gripne asked a mixed crowd of startup owners, investors and corporate partners at last week’s Corporate Innovation and Impact Investing session of Denver Startup Week.

Gripne, who is the founder and executive director of the Impact Finance Center, sees opportunities everywhere to make investments more efficient through creative structuring and refinancing. IFC is a nonprofit research and education organization that catalyzes investments.

IFC, which is based at Colorado State University, provides investment and advisory services to both investors and startups to analyze and enhance endowment portfolios and help them identify nonprofit partners for opportunities. Gripne, who has a background in wildlife management, told attendees she never imagined she would end up teaching governance to money.

“It is the most deeply boring thing you would ever do, but it’s where the problems start,” she said.

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