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Investment Philosophy

We’re big on the ampersand.

The Yale School of Management seeks to educate leaders for business & society, and the Meng Impact Investment Fund’s investment philosophy embodies this mission. The fund will evaluate financial viability and the long-term impact of a product, service, and company structure.

We seek to back companies whose business models have impact-profit alignment. We will apply the same rigor to evaluating the impact potential of a possible investment as we do with the financial potential. We will consider impact at all stages of our diligence process, from initial screening calls and scorecards through the investment memo. We also know impact alignment doesn’t end post-investment. Recognizing that student organizations often overpromise, we are committed to post-investment support we believe we can deliver: supporting portfolio companies in thinking through how they manage, measure, and report on impact.

Investment Parameters

The Meng Impact Investment Fund Offers:

  • $25,000 to $75,000 minority investments
  • Angel, Pre-Seed, or Seed
  • Preferred equity or convertible debt securities
  • Ongoing relationship with the fund and the broader Yale ecosystem

For Founders

Are you a founder seeking funding for your startup? We would love to hear from you! Please fill out our contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you.