The Impact Investing Hub, built by independent organisation the Social Impact Hub, has launched the online Current Deals Library, listing live impact investment opportunities to connect investors and investees. The website is open to the public, and can be used by both retail and sophisticated investors.
Commenting on the launch, Jessica Roth, director of the Social Impact Hub, said: "The need for this resource was identified at the 2016 Impact Investment Summit, where participants noted that although information was readily available during the Summit, it was largely inaccessible during the remainder of the year."
She added that the Australian impact investing market is forecast to exceed $32 billion by 2022, but the only way this can be unlocked is for investors to have access to information on live deals: "This is a ground-breaking shift in how Australians can access the impact investment market. It facilitates access to impact deals, increasing the amount of capital for good. The number of listings on launch shows the growth of the market in recent years, and this is set to accelerate especially as more superannuation funds start to impact invest, following the lead of HESTA and Christian Super."
Investment opportunities listed within the Current Deals Library include impact bonds involving the Queensland Government, NAB and Life Without Barriers; funds such as the SVA Diversified Impact Fund; and direct equity investments in early stage impact start-ups such as MindHive.