Impact Seed Partnerships Limited
(an ACNC Registered Charity)
About IS Partnerships
Impact Seed Partnerships Limited operates as an independently governed Foundation and sister charity to Impact Seed Pty Ltd.
Impact Seed Partnerships Limited is an ACNC registered Public Benevolent Institution with DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status. Its purpose is to benefit people experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage, and addressing environmental degradation and improving sustainability outcomes for the benefit of future generations; through social enterprise models. This is achieved directly through projects, programs and services that align wholly with its charitable objects, including the following initiatives:
- Auspicing of unincorporated social enterprises on their journey to incorporation and creating impact (ongoing)
- Establishment and auspicing of the WA Social Enterprise Council, the peak body for the social enterprise sector in Western Australia (2019-)
- Development of catalytic funding partnerships including:
- LendForGood crowdlending partnership to support growth-stage funding for social enterprises (2022-)
- Development and management of a WA focused catalytic impact fund to provide concessionary finance for early-stage impact (2023)
Impact Seed Partnerships Limited is a sister-organisation to, and is supported by Impact Seed Pty Ltd (B-Corp), as well as other impact-first organisations and charitable and benevolent foundations.
Board of Directors
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. ”