Impact Academy

SEIF Impact Academy Coaching Program

Take your impact business to the next level and become Impact Investment Ready

The Impact Academy offers you targeted support in crucial areas of the market entry and growth phase of your impact driven business. The aim is to make your startup ready for impact investments through individual coaching, input sessions by experts and a supplementing online library. After your registration, we will assess the stage of your business and decide on your admission to the Academy. Please note that you need at least a proof-of-concept to be accepted to the Academy. 

What is the Impact Academy?

  • Followed up goal oriented program for efficiency and maximum impact
  • A five-month one-on-one coaching-cycle for impact driven entrepreneurs
  • Individual matching of entrepreneurs’ needs and senior corporate managers’ skill sets
  • Input sessions led by experts with topics such as Legal Aspects, Impact Management, Business Development and/or Impact Finance
  • Access to supporting tools on impact investing and network for impact driven entrepreneurs
  • Possible investment opportunities for suitable participants after the program

Please note that this is not a financing program and participants will not be allowed to ask for financial support from their coaches.

Who is it for?

This program is for impact driven businesses before/during market entry or growth phase – at least a proof-of-concept is required to be accepted to the Academy. Subsequently to your application, SEIF will assess your potential as well as the current stage and will identify support areas.

Please note that availability in Zurich, Switzerland, is required on certain dates.

How to attend?

  • Be a highly engaged and committed impact driven entrepreneur
  • Participation is free of charge for entrepreneurs but high commitment is essential!

August 1st – August 31st, 2020
APPLICATIONS OPEN Fall Cycle 2020 

September 9th, 2020
The announcement of who is accepted into the Impact Academy

September 14th, 2020 12:00-14:00 
Coach-the-coachee session (onboarding)

September 16th, 2020 18:00-21:00 @ Zürich
Kick off event (Mandatory)

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Input session 1: Impact Measurement & Management

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Input session 2: Impact Finance

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Input session 3: Business Development

January 26th, 2021 18:00-21:00 
Closing night (Mandatory)


What former participants say

“Thanks to my coach, I was able to more than exceed our coaching goal – to have a solid business model and to be pitch-ready. Through the individual coaching, I have gained a lot of focus and trust. Right from the start, the coaching was very flexible, needs-oriented, very personal and simply highly professional. In the past five months I have been able to take a huge leap forward, both with our startup and as an individual.”

“On one hand, the materials and input sessions provide a great overview of key areas around impact entrepreneurship, ranging from theory of change to impact management and financing. On the other hand, the one-on-one goal-oriented coaching is extremely useful to define and start executing the next steps of the startup journey. […] We strongly recommend any impact-driven startup to go through the same experience.”

“Our coach challenged and pushed us to think further, especially regarding our business model which was much appreciated. Also, we got important new learnings about our Theory of Change, how to measure impact and financing models”

“In our case, we were extremely pleased with SEIF’s coach-startup matching work. Our coach’s inputs and insights were instrumental to help us prioritize tasks towards defining the suitable structure to achieve our goals, as well as to evaluate alternative go-to-market strategies and revise our financial projections.”