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48 Best Startups Innovating in the Impact Investing Niche

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This article showcases Welp Magazine’s top picks for the best ‘Impact Investing’ startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating in the Impact Investing industry, but are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.

We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Welp Magazine hosts a yearly startup award honouring the most outstanding entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses in the world. If you want to enter your startup to be in the running for the top startup of 2021 or learn more about our competition click here.


1. Aghaz Investments

The idea behind this startup: Automated Investment Management Platform for Muslims and Values-based investors.

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States

Industries: Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Khurram Agha

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2. POWER.GLOBAL

The idea behind this startup: POWER.GLOBAL is providing products and services that ensure access to clean, affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all.

Headquarters: Pasadena, California, United States

Industries: Battery, Clean Energy, CleanTech, Electrical Distribution, Energy, Energy Management, Energy Storage, Impact Investing, Renewable Energy

Founders: Porter Harris

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3. Datia

The idea behind this startup: Datia is a mobile platform that enables sustainable investing.

Headquarters: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

Industries: FinTech, Impact Investing, Mobile, Mobile Apps, Sustainability

Founders: Juan Manuel Serruya, Manne Larsson

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4. Aidos

The idea behind this startup: Aidos provides a range of advisory, capital raising, and investment services for our clients in the venture capital ecosystem.

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Industries: Blockchain, FinTech, Impact Investing

Founders: Andrew Vo

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5. Bellator Trust

The idea behind this startup: Bellator Trust is a private investment firm that is committed in acquiring and managing a single, high-quality company.

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, United States

Industries: Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Robert Aguirre

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6. HashMarket

The idea behind this startup: Decentralized Investment plaftorm through Hashrate Futures

Headquarters: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Industries: Blockchain, FinTech, Impact Investing

Founders: Unknown

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7. Van Dien Capital

The idea behind this startup: Van Dien Capital is an acquisition fund focusing on creating transition for business owners.

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States

Industries: Finance, Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Douglas Wolfson

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8. SV Venture Group (Silicon Valley Venture Group)

The idea behind this startup: Venture group is a San Francisco and Silicon Valley company for early stage investment and business development

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Angel Investment, Impact Investing, Venture Capital

Founders: Jordan Wahbeh

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9. Atento Capital

The idea behind this startup: Atento Capital is a Tulsa-based investment fund focused on returns, quality job creation, and being helpful.

Headquarters: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Industries: Financial Exchanges, Impact Investing, Venture Capital

Founders: Unknown

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10. Serai

The idea behind this startup: Serai Trade aims to help businesses grow by investing in ideas and technology-led solutions to facilitate international trade.

Headquarters: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Industries: Financial Services, FinTech, Impact Investing, Information Technology, Trading Platform

Founders: Unknown

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11. Crypto Tron

The idea behind this startup: Exchange and Shop

Headquarters: Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand

Industries: Angel Investment, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Cryptocurrency, Financial Exchanges, FinTech, Impact Investing, Stock Exchanges

Founders: Unknown

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12. Manresa Ventures

The idea behind this startup: Manresa Ventures invests in early stage teams designing simple products to solve important problems.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Business Development, Financial Services, FinTech, Impact Investing

Founders: Unknown

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13. Clements Group Holdings

The idea behind this startup: Clements Group Holdings is a private owned investment holding company based in Hong Kong.

Headquarters: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Industries: Asset Management, Impact Investing, Wealth Management

Founders: Lupakisyo Mwakipiti

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14. Impact X Partners

The idea behind this startup: Impact X Partners is an SDG advisory platform providing capital and counsel to investment seekers and investors.

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Banking, Credit, Financial Services, Impact Investing, Sustainability

Founders: Jalal Koubaiti, Leopold Oettingen-Wallerstein, Malte Susen

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15. Helios.do

The idea behind this startup: Helios.do is a sustainable banking alternative

Headquarters: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Industries: Banking, Finance, FinTech, GreenTech, Impact Investing

Founders: Andrei Tanascu, Julia Ménayas, Maeva Courtois

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16. AgroFides

The idea behind this startup: AgroFides is an AgTech and FinTech firm dedicated to supporting farmers in developing countries secure capital and services.

Headquarters: Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States

Industries: Agriculture, AgTech, Farming, Finance, FinTech, Impact Investing, Information Technology, Social Impact

Founders: Acheampong Boateng, Michael Hickey, Prince Boateng

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17. St. George Opportunity Zone Fund

The idea behind this startup: Real Estate Opportunity Zone Fund

Headquarters: Saint George, Utah, United States

Industries: Commercial Real Estate, Impact Investing, Real Estate, Real Estate Investment

Founders: Unknown

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18. Ethos

The idea behind this startup: Web app to align the causes you are passionate about with the impact you make as a consumer or investor

Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Industries: Consumer Research, Financial Services, FinTech, Impact Investing, Software

Founders: Luke Wilcox

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19. Rainier AG

The idea behind this startup: Privately owned, independent Swiss asset management firm building blockchain ecosystem

Headquarters: Moscow, Moscow City, Russian Federation

Industries: Blockchain, Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Unknown

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20. YPay Financial Services

The idea behind this startup: YPay offers a new way of investing, with an aim to instill the habit of investment in the youth of Pakistan.

Headquarters: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

Industries: Finance, FinTech, Impact Investing, Internet, Personal Finance

Founders: Unknown

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21. ZAP! Consignado

The idea behind this startup: International P2P Lending by WhatsApp.

Headquarters: São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Industries: Banking, Credit, Financial Services, FinTech, Impact Investing, Wealth Management

Founders: Tiago Bispo

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22. Peniel Impact Investment

The idea behind this startup: Peniel Impact is a startup designing an on-demand impact technology platform addressing over 40k use cases across corporate functions.

Headquarters: Cape Town, NA – South Africa, South Africa

Industries: Consulting, Impact Investing, Information Technology

Founders: bk ngejane

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23. CommonVC

The idea behind this startup: World’s first activist led impact accelerator for startups solving the world’s biggest challenges

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Angel Investment, CleanTech, Green Consumer Goods, GreenTech, Impact Investing, Incubators, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Sustainability, Venture Capital

Founders: Dhruv Boruah

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24. VedasLabs

The idea behind this startup: Accelerating the process for disruptive companies seeking to raise capital and build communities through crowdfunding.

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Industries: Crowdfunding, Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Tom Trevisani

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25. RYSE

The idea behind this startup: Investment Management Platform for VC/BA/Incubators and accelerators

Headquarters: Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France

Industries: Angel Investment, FinTech, Impact Investing, Venture Capital

Founders: Guillaume Rivron, Sylvain Ramousse

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26. Arnie

The idea behind this startup: An automated portfolio builder for the ethical investor.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Financial Services, FinTech, Impact Investing, Sustainability

Founders: Unknown

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27. VINX COIN STO

The idea behind this startup: Security Token Offering

Headquarters: Bat’umi, Ajaria, Georgia

Industries: Cryptocurrency, Impact Investing, Real Estate Investment, Wine And Spirits, Winery

Founders: Erick Sabelskjold

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28. Green Growth

The idea behind this startup: Making it easier for everyone Green Investments through our app and platform

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: FinTech, Impact Investing, Sustainability

Founders: Chris Webb

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29. Explora

The idea behind this startup: Explora is an entrepreneurial investment firm that manages and grows small to medium-sized businesses for the long-term.

Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Industries: Finance, Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Cyrus Symoom, Jake Dancyger

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30. Actnow Ventures

The idea behind this startup: Actnow Ventures is a VC fund investing in early-stage companies that address the key challenges of climate change.

Headquarters: Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia

Industries: Angel Investment, Clean Energy, GreenTech, Impact Investing, Sustainability, Venture Capital

Founders: Keith Derrington, M Wallace Green

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31. Swell Capital Inc.

The idea behind this startup: International Trade and Investment Development firm

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Financial Services, Impact Investing, Venture Capital

Founders: Felipe Cusnir

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32. Ahava Holdings & Ventures

The idea behind this startup: Ahava Holdings & Ventures is a holding company and private equity firm that focuses on building great technology and media companies.

Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Industries: Big Data, Consumer Research, Data Center, Impact Investing, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment, Real Estate, Real Estate Investment, Venture Capital, Wealth Management

Founders: Janét Aizenstros

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33. Vedere Capital

The idea behind this startup: We invest in, empower, and grow healthcare, business services, and real estate companies that are effecting change in their industries.

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Industries: Asset Management, Consulting, Impact Investing

Founders: Unknown

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34. Farther Finance

The idea behind this startup: Farther Finance is a developer of an investment advisory platform used to provide modern technology with trusted advice.

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Industries: Finance, Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Unknown

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35. RaiseV

The idea behind this startup: RaiseV, the one-stop Tech4Good venture firm dedicated to create value for our society, investors, startups and corporate clients.

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Blockchain, Impact Investing, Incubators, Innovation Management, Management Consulting, Professional Services, Venture Capital

Founders: Salma Houari

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36. Barclay Street Ventures

The idea behind this startup: Barclay Street Ventures is an investment firm that invests both in the private and public market with very specific investment criteria.

Headquarters: Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States

Industries: Impact Investing, Venture Capital

Founders: Ripal Patel

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37. ForeQuest

The idea behind this startup: Mobile App, Mobile Advertising

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Advertising, Advertising Platforms, Cause Marketing, Impact Investing, Mobile, Mobile Advertising, Mobile Apps, Outdoor Advertising, Social Impact

Founders: Ray Tarantino

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38. Impact Investing Ghana

The idea behind this startup: Impact Investing Ghana is an an independent global group catalyzing impact that creates awareness and engagement about impact investment.

Headquarters: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

Industries: Financial Services, Impact Investing, Venture Capital

Founders: Amma Gyampo

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39. Investack

The idea behind this startup: Investment App

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Impact Investing

Founders: Omotomiwa Fakiye

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40. Rivers of the Sky

The idea behind this startup: Impact and Cause Marketing – Creating Bespoke Media Campaigns for Change

Headquarters: Canggu, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

Industries: Advertising, Environmental Consulting, Impact Investing, Non Profit, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Social Media, Social Media Advertising, Social Media Marketing

Founders: Unknown

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41. Persea Capital

The idea behind this startup: Persea Capital is an alternative investment management firms that specializes in deep-value investment strategies.

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Industries: Enterprise, Impact Investing, Retail

Founders: Dorenus Johnikin

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42. LT$ Ventures

The idea behind this startup: A Fintech Impact Funds for South East Asia

Headquarters: Vientiane, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Industries: Angel Investment, Impact Investing, Information Technology

Founders: Tim Scheffmann

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43. Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp

The idea behind this startup: Alussa Energy Acquisition Corp is an oil & energy and a resource developing company aiming to acquire businesses and assets via merger.

Headquarters: Grand Cayman, Midland, Cayman Islands

Industries: Energy, Impact Investing

Founders: Unknown

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44. Start4big Second Innovation Wave

The idea behind this startup: Start4big Second Innovation Wave is a cross-sector open innovation initiative in Europe.

Headquarters: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Industries: Angel Investment, Business Development, Corporate Training, Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship

Founders: Unknown

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45. Global Tailored Solutions

The idea behind this startup: A gateway to Israeli innovation by providing tailored information about cutting edge startups looking for investments

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

Industries: Consulting, Funding Platform, Impact Investing

Founders: Ronit Tenenboim, Yohai Kol

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46. RoyalShield Investment Limited

The idea behind this startup: Automotive | Realtor | Investments

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Automotive, Impact Investing, Real Estate

Founders: Unknown

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47. NestRound

The idea behind this startup: NestRound has a database of investors, venture capitalist, and incubators that could fund seed rounds.

Headquarters: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Industries: FinTech, Funding Platform, Impact Investing, Internet, Venture Capital

Founders: Jonathan D.

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48. MVC Indonesia

The idea behind this startup: MVC is an investment company focusing on impact investing

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Financial Services, Impact Investing

Founders: Unknown

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