"The world is on the brink of a revolution in how we solve society’s toughest problems. The force capable of driving this revolution is ‘social impact investing’, which harnesses entrepreneurship, innovation and capital to power social improvement."

— G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce (2014)


Our Mission

The Microlumbia Impact Fund promotes business as a force for good. We accomplish this mission by making short-term debt investments in microfinance institutions and social enterprises; providing pro-bono advisory services and due diligence assistance to microfinance institutions, impact investment funds and their portfolio companies; and stimulating interest in the field of impact investing among a new generation of business leaders.

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OUr 3-pronged approach

  EDUCATION Through lecture series, speaker panels, conferences, newsletters, and other engagement activities, we provide opportunities for the Columbia University community at large to learn about impact investing, to network, and to find career opportunities in the field.

 

EDUCATION

Through lecture series, speaker panels, conferences, newsletters, and other engagement activities, we provide opportunities for the Columbia University community at large to learn about impact investing, to network, and to find career opportunities in the field.

  CONSULTING We work with investees and other partners to design consulting and due diligence projects carried out by Columbia MBA students. Projects are typically three months long and culminate with consultants traveling and working internationally on site at no cost to partners.  

 

CONSULTING

We work with investees and other partners to design consulting and due diligence projects carried out by Columbia MBA students. Projects are typically three months long and culminate with consultants traveling and working internationally on site at no cost to partners.

 

  INVESTING We make debt investments that support financial inclusion for un- and under-banked populations. We lend to diverse entities, including: 1. Microfinance institutions 2. Small enterprise lenders   3. Social enterprises focused on financial services innovation and technology We maintain strong relationships with investees to help them develop and grow to scale.

 

INVESTING

We make debt investments that support financial inclusion for un- and under-banked populations. We lend to diverse entities, including:

1. Microfinance institutions
2. Small enterprise lenders  
3. Social enterprises focused on financial services innovation and technology

We maintain strong relationships with investees to help them develop and grow to scale.


Our Campus Affiliates

Microlumbia is affiliated with Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Club as an experiential learning opportunity for students.

Microlumbia works closely with Pangea Global Advisors, also an affiliate of the International Development Club, to coordinate and execute consulting projects. Projects are funded by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise.