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About Impact Seed

Our Why

We believe social impact business models are the future way of all business.  Consumer choice is increasingly driven by conscience, not just product value. An overwhelming majority of under 40’s believe business’ purpose extends beyond profit and 60% of HNW’s see driving social impact with their investments as ‘extremely or very important’.

We are passionate about growing impact investment alongside business, investors, foundations and not-for-profits wanting to integrate social impact as mission aligned investments.

Our team have diverse and successful experience in commercial, startup, not for profit and social impact sectors in Australia and globally, and are passionate about bridging the gap by driving social innovation and social enterprise development through impact investment in Western Australia.

“When they discover that they have a conscious competitor, traditional companies are likely to find that their ability to attract customers, employees, investors and suppliers will diminish greatly.” 

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.

 

Our Mission

Impact Seed is Western Australia’s peak capacity-building organisation for impact investment, measurement and social enterprise development. Our work focuses on market development, growing participation and engagement with impact investment and social enterprise, and influencing policy.

Impact Seed has supported over 200 founders, not for profit, businesses, investor and government stakeholders, built an active government advocacy profile, along with a range of incubation, education and innovation programs, workshops and events.

We only work with projects that have a social or environmental mission front and centre.

Uplift out of poverty and social disadvantage through employment or transition support (eg. Aboriginal business, disability enterprise, homelessness)

Primary health and educational outcomes for demonstrably socially and economically disadvantaged communities

Environmental and sustainability outcomes with a focus also on social inclusion

Must integrate a socially inclusive and sustainable value and supply chain as part of their mission

Our Team

Impact Seed has brought together a team of industry experts 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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Dane Etheridge

Finance Director
(Director, IS Partnerships)
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Elizabeth Moss

Impact Venture Consultant
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Emma Tomkinson

Measurement Consultant (Associate)
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Isabelle Lan

Impact Research Analyst
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Josh Hopkins

Technology Consultant (Associate)
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Justin Wolfgang

Regenerative Ag Specialist
(Director, IS Partnerships)
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Phoebe McClements

Impact Specialist
(Director, IS Partnerships)
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Kylie Hansen

Founder & Director
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Sven Stenvers

Founder & Director

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