I’m looking for Investment

Congratulations, and thank you. We love hearing from social enterprises who are looking to scale both their business and impact. You’re part of a global movement that is not only injecting billions of dollars into economies worldwide, but also creating transformative impact for some of society’s toughest problems.

Ākina Invest has a variety of ways we can help organisations looking for investment, from investment readiness programmes to bespoke capital raising support. Below is more information on these:

1: NZ’s Impact Investing Community

If you haven’t already, make sure you join the Impact Investing Network, the online home of kiwis and kiwi-friends who are interested in impact investing. You’ll find impact investment-related news and events, tools and resources and a forum to share thoughts and experiences with other ‘impacty’ people here.

2: Investment Readiness Grants

Is your organisation thinking about raising investment, but not sure if you’re quite ready?

Ākina’s Investment Readiness Grant was a New Zealand first, that provided social enterprises and mission-driven organisations with grants of $5-10k for support from professional services to secure investment.

Grant funding could be used for legal support, financial modelling, funding strategy, design for videos or other communications … whatever organisations needed to get funders on board.

Applications for this round of grants has now closed, but make sure you sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to hear when future rounds open.

3: Impact Enterprise Fund

The Impact Enterprise Fund is NZ’s first domestic focused impact investment fund. It is a $10-15 million fund that will invest in NZ businesses that deliver tangible societal and/or environmental returns from their operations, alongside attractive financial return prospects. The Fund is a joint venture between New Ground Capital Ltd, Impact Ventures and the Ākina Foundation.

The Impact Enterprise Fund, New Zealand’s first domestically-focused impact investing fund, has now gone live after successfully raising $8 million in its first round of fundraising.

For Ventures, this means there is a much needed new source of capital to fuel the growth of both their business and impact. To read more about the type of enterprises it will invest in, please visit the Fund’s website here. And for investors, the Fund is an opportunity to not only generate a financial return, but to also unlock impact throughout New Zealand in doing so. Investors can also find more information here.

4: Bespoke support

Ākina Invest has helped organisations raise over $10 million in impact investment. Here are some case studies of organisations we have worked with:

If you are seeking impact investment, and have a profitable business that can deliver both financial and impact returns to investors, please contact Jackson at jackson.rowland@akina.org.nzto see how we can help you.