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Investing to maximize diversity, equity, and inclusion

Focus on emerging funds

Consistent with their stated value of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), impact investors need to rethink their expectations for the funds in which they invest. The traditional approach of many investors has been to invest only in “mature” funds, defined as Fund III and beyond with more than $100M in assets. However, this investment standard stands in sharp contrast to the commitments many impact investors have made to support funds led by BIPOC and women managers. Despite strong performance, funds led by diverse managers have been historically limited in number and under-capitalized. As a result, there are few impact funds…
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Sophie Forest is Assistant Director – Investments at Upstart Co-Lab. Sophie has been focused on impact investing since discovering the field during her freshman year of university. Her passion for helping investors realize their values led her to internships at high-net-worth wealth management firms and an impact-focused nonprofit. Prior to ... Read more

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