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About Impact Seed

Our Why

Impact Seed is catalysing systems-change in finance and business in Western Australia.. growing an impact economy where businesses support communities, environment and culture to thrive, sustainably.

As a proudly West Australian based advisory our focus is on place-based projects that aspire to create deep-impact here in WA, leveraging our state’s greatest strengths: natural and geographical advantages, resource rich public and private investment sectors, entrepreneurial and innovation talent, and deep traditional Aboriginal knowledge of how to care for Country on which we all depend.

We are committed to building trust-relationships with our clients and partners, grounded in two-way learning, authenticity, tailored and fit-for-purpose approaches to engaging with our clients, and leveraging our extensive networks to support the outcomes they want to achieve.

We believe in a future where every investment is an impact investment and every business is a social enterprise.. where social, cultural, environmental and economic returns are inextricably linked.

Our Team

Impact Seed has brought together a team of experts across disciplines passionate about working towards a WA where businesses support people and communities to thrive. We embrace flexible and inclusive work arrangements.

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Meri Fatin

Director, Partnerships
Liz Moss

Elizabeth Moss

Impact Venture Consultant
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Adam James

Director
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Rosemary Irwin

Executive Assistant/Project Support
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Kirsten Shearn

Lead - Strategy & Impact
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Justin Wolfgang

Non Executive Director
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Phoebe McCLEMENTS

Impact Specialist
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Kylie Hansen

Founder & Director
WA Social Enterprise Council board member Sven Stenvers is the founder and director of Impact Seed. Picture: Danella Bevis The West Australian

Sven Stenvers

Founder & Director

Our Founders

Impact Seed was the culmination of a chance meeting between Co Founders Kylie Hansen and Sven Stenvers in 2012.

After a 15 year background in tech, telecommunications and clean energy startups, Sven exited his renewable energy venture in 2011, continuing to focus his passion for building impact-driven ventures. Kylie was then Chair and CEO of Cambodian/Australian social enterprise, Empowering Communities, having just returned to a Perth, and was concurrently working in roles across the WA NFP sector and completing her Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at UWA.

Over the next 2 years Sven and Kylie sought to further align their life and work with with their values, exploring the innovation landscape for investable WA social enterprises.

They found the WA startup, innovation and investment ecosystem in 2014 was overtly tech-centric and you were identified as “either a business, or a social enterprise, and not both”. Not satisfied with WA’s lack of support for social enterprise development, social innovation, and impact investment, Impact Seed was formed. Almost a decade later, it has grown to become a trusted partner for investors, corporates, not for profits and Traditional Owner groups across Western Australia. 

 

“As a proudly West Australian based advisory our focus is on place-based projects that aspire to create deep-impact here in WA. Since founding in 2014, Impact Seed has grown to become a trusted partner for investors, corporates, not for profits and Traditional Owner groups across Western Australia. ” 

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