Stanford GSB Impact Fund

The Stanford GSB Impact Fund provides a hands-on experience in making investments with an expectation of beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.

The experience is designed for students to gain familiarity with the day-to-day activities of “impact investing” – the intentional investing for both financial returns and measurable social and environmental returns. The program provides a robust investment experience that will prove valuable in today’s oversaturated impact investing job market.

Faculty, alumni, and expert practitioners provide strategic guidance on co-investing, sourcing, structuring deals, measuring impact, portfolio allocation, and exits. The fund is geographically flexible and invests in early-stage for-profit ventures in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Environment and energy
  • Fintech
  • Food and agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Justice
  • Urban Development

Students will gain:

  • Hands-on experience in impact investing
  • Experience providing strategic advice and support to portfolio companies
  • Preparation for a future career in impact investing or as social entrepreneur, understanding how investors work
  • Application of classroom knowledge to real-world impact investing
  • A deeper understanding about issues in particular fields
  • A stronger network of alumni, social entrepreneurs, and investors focused on impact in industries of interest
Faculty Advisors
Paul Pfleiderer
The C.O.G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance
Kenneth J. Singleton
The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management