Leveling the playing field and democratizing access to impact capital

Kamila Suchomel May 28, 2021

There has never been a more pressing time to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations into day-to-day practices, and the space of impact investing is no exception. Building a sustainable and regenerative future depends on finding, recognizing, and funding solutions that have been developed from the purview of diverse lived experiences and intersectional awareness. 

How can impact investors and impact funds ensure that they are evaluating entrepreneurs and businesses through diverse lenses, and what can they do to set aside bias when making capital allocation decisions? How can you make sure you still get access to founders that have non-traditional paths to entrepreneurship? Similarly, how do you walk the talk to stand apart from other funds that are taking the same approach? 

Having diverse representation when evaluating ventures and the problems they seek to solve is a key goal as we need to ensure that more investment teams are looking at ventures with gender, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC lenses. While the needle is starting to move when it comes to representation, it is only one of multiple ways to ensure better access to capital for diverse entrepreneurs and solutions. There are steps impact investors and funds can take now to tackle unconscious bias and grow in the direction of equitable and inclusive decision-making when allocating investments, from being clear and transparent about your criteria to moving outside of your immediate network to gain connections. 

Hear from some leading impact investment funds that share a common vision of building portfolios with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind. Join for a discussion on learnings and practical steps investors and funds can start taking today.


Fireside Chat

Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Equity & Inclusion


Intersectional Investing, Leadership, Investment Funds

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Speakers will discuss learnings and practical steps on how investment funds and anyone interested in impact investing can make impact capital more equitably and inclusively accessible to entrepreneurs solving for a diverse array of problems, often catering to traditionally underserved needs. The audience will be able to glean insights and useful tips they can begin implementing in their own approaches to impact investing.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameBlair Miller
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationTELUS Pollinator Fund for Good
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameHilary Kilgour
  • TitleImpact Investing Program Director
  • OrganizationSpring Activator, TheVenture.Fund
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameNarinder Dhami
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationMarigold Capital
  • StatusInvited
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