Impact Reports

Within the market research division of our team, we thoroughly investigate a variety of problems such as healthcare and affordable housing, and how impact investing can play a role in helping to alleviate the severity of these widespread issues. For this upcoming year, each subteam will be completing two reports and presenting both internally and externally to industry professionals.

Past Work

Below are the the Impact Investing Group's first seven impact reports. The reports delve deep into a problem within a particular industry and surveys the current players within the industry with the aim to understand why the problem is still persisting. The reports then go on to propose their own particular impact investing solution to the issue. The reports were presented to the Kresge Foundation and Detroit Venture Partners and are published in the Kresge Library.

WATER

Problem:

A lack of organizations willing to step up and solve the problem of aging water infrastructure as well as the need for desalination plants.



Our Solution:

Create a mutual fund for institutional investors to raise capital for the sector while simultaneously knowing their investments are environmentally and socially impactful.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Problem:

There is a lack of sufficient affordable housing properties to meet demand of homeless and low-income people.



Our Solution:

We propose the Impact REIT, a company that closely follows a typical real estate investment trust structure but also incorporates a social impact bond contract with the government.

ENERGY

Problem:

Today, our society is heavily reliant on fossil fuels for energy and the effects of climate change have already begun to occur.



Our Solution:

Seed funding in Midwest for renewable energy startups.


FINTECH

Problem:

Microfinancing has potential, but is bogged down by regulations, costly middlemen, and transparency issues.

Our Solution:

Use block chain as a foundation for facilitating peer to peer micro financing.

HEALTH #1

Problem:

The health of those living in the southeast region of the United States is significantly lower than any other region.

Our Solution:

Increase regional venture capital, focusing on biotech funding and partnerships with medical schools.

HEALTH #2

Problem:

Unequal access to information within healthcare and further, a lack of funding and backing for health IT startups.

Our Solution:

Build platforms and connections among the participants through VC funding.

EDUCATION

Problem:

The education gap persistent in many cities around the country.


Our Solution:

Create a VC focused on educational analytics to bridge the gap and help underserved school systems