Columbia Impact Investing Initiative

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About Us

Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) is an organization at Columbia University dedicated to the emerging field of impact investing and social entrepreneurship.

Founded in September 2010, CI3 now has over 200 graduate student members from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia Business School, Columbia Law School, the Earth Institute and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The third power in our name reflects CI3's belief in the vast potential of mobilizing private and public finance to scale up sustainable enterprises designed to achieve triple bottom line results: financial return, social impact, and environmental impact. The organization is dedicated to learning about and contributing to the advancement of impact investing and entrepreneurship around the world.

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Our Mission

CI3's mission is to inspire and prepare Columbia University's graduate students for leadership and professional roles in impact investing and social entrepreneurship.

CI3 organizes semester long consulting projects with impact investors and social entrepreneurs in which selected students acquire experience in working with and consulting for real-life actors in the social impact arena. CI3 additionally hosts a variety of career panels and speakers throughout the year to engage the student body with professionals in the field for integral learning experience and professional development.

Networking Events & Professional Development Training

CI3 organizes a variety of learning and career events involving key industry leaders in the social impact space to facilitate discussions about impact investing and social entrepreneurship at Columbia University, and provide networking opportunities to all interested students.

Consulting Projects

CI3 consulting projects serve clients ranging from Impact Investing Funds to Social Entrepreneurs. Students assist assisting in the exploration or definition of key sectors, geographies, programs or prospects for investment, the preparation of investment memos and pitch books for fundraising with institutional investors, as well as help refine business development plans and identify potential investors, improve pitch books and advise on fundraising efforts with impact investing funds in developed and developing countries.

MIINT Case Competition

MIINT is a Bridges Impact+ program produced with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative that aims to: Train the next generation of impact investors to “think like an impact investor” providing them with the opportunity to source, diligence, and present early stage impact investment ideas to an expert judging committee. Build meaningful links between innovative mission-driven companies and leading business and graduate schools. Create a vibrant network of students and practitioners active in the impact investing field. Students source, research, and pitch early stage an impact investment idea to the investment committee for a potential investment of up to $50,000.

Our Team

Shanel Balloo
Chief Consulting Chair
Bijon Keswani
Deepika Kalra
Outreach Chair
Ananya Misra
Consulting Chair
Omni Nishar
Haomiao Chen
President
Maria Rojas
Operations
Javier Monterroso Montenegro
Events Chair
Ryan Lasnick
President
Nami Patel
Consulting Chair