Impact Assessment

SEIF has established a structured approach that combines an impact with a commercial assessment and allows for a systematic and standardized rating of impact driven start-ups. With SEIF’s Impact Assessment Tool, the impact & commercial viability of an organisation can be assessed, representing an initial step towards the impact measurement of a start-up by an independent third party with experience in impact management. Throughout the last decade, SEIF has been able to build an extensive database, enabling them to compare an organisation against a peer group with similar characteristics (e.g., financing round, industry, targeted SDGs). This allows for rich comparisons and a unique rating of start-ups, crucial in the growing and sought-after impact venture field.

1,500+ start-ups

500+ start-ups are
added each year

Whether it is speaking to impact investors or impact entrepreneurs, we receive very positive feedback on our systematic and stringent impact assessment approach – which seems to be lacking with other players that style themselves as “impact driven”.

Luca Christen, Finance Advisor SEIF

Goal And Use Cases 

SEIF’s Impact Assessment Tool is used for assessing the impact and commercial viability of a start-up. It is a structured, holistic approach than ends in a directionally correct assessment. Use Cases include the first screening in the search for potential impact investments, but also for suitability analysis of certain programs (i.e. accelerators, …). Thus, with the impact assessment tool, SEIF can provide impact investing actors (Family Offices, PE, VC, Angels, Foundations, …) and other actors in the impact field with a basis for decision making/investment thesis. Comparisons with other start-ups are particularly helpful in detecting under- or overperformance.

Structure Of The Impact Assessments 

The assessment includes both a commercial assessment, where points such as business model, competitive advantage, scalability and other points are evaluated by qualified experts. On the other hand, the impact assessment takes a closer look at various factors that make up the impact of a start-up. This includes the scale of the impact, size of beneficiary group, risk management in place, among other things.

Output of the SEIF Impact Assessment

Output of the SEIF Impact Assessment

“The impact dimension was an important element of forming the partnership with MSCI.”

Oliver Marchand, CEO & Co-Founder Carbon Delta, now MSCI

Interested? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Mariana below!




Prof. Mariana Christen Jakob

Founder & Managing Partner SEIF


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