Course code:

HS5034

Level:

A - Advanced

Impact Investing focuses on the emerging field of impact investing, which seeks to generate returns for society, the environment, and financial investors.

Impact investing seeks to create avenues for private investment to work alongside existing efforts of NGOs and others to help solve global and local problems. Impact investing can be used to fund solutions in areas as diverse as food systems, climate change, poverty, affordable housing, and clean technology among other issues.

This course will examine the strategy of various impact investing mechanisms from crowdfunding to “localvesting.” In addition, students will examine case studies to understand the benefits and pitfalls of different strategies and their potential to create social and environmental change. During the course students will learn how to create financial projections and evaluate the financial returns of enterprises.

For their final project, students will have to structure an investment platform that generates returns financially, socially, and/or environmentally. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, written assignments, and verbal presentations. This course will be integrated with and requires co-enrollment in Energy and Technology and Islands: Energy, Economy and Community.

 

Prerequisites:

Instructor Permission and at least one of the following: Math and Physics of Sustainable Energy (preferred), Energy Practicum, Financials, Business Nonprofit Basics, Sustainable Strategies or Launching a New Venture.

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