IVN - Israel Venture Network

Business Solutions. Social Impact.

Our Approach​

By marrying business acumen & financing with high-impact social programs, we work towards the betterment of Israel’s social landscape.

Investing in social impact

Many years of experience in the field of social change led us to envision an establish three social impact funds with improved methods of identifying, investing and mentoring ventures that have potential for both financial sustainability and significant social impact.

our social impact funds

Since 2013, IVN formed three social impact investment funds designed to provide low-cost loans, grants or capital investment, as well as a broad team of cross-functional professionals, to select mission-driven partners while providing investors with both financial and social returns.

Our fund investors, including foundations, philanthropies and accredited corporate and individual investors, are leveraging their investments, as their capital is first lent to impact ventures from our portfolio, and upon repayment are recycled to investments in additional impact ventures.

IVN yozma fund​ $7.5M​

Fund’s focus:
Employment for youth-at-risk, people with special needs, recovering addicts, released convicts, the chronically unemployed, the elderly and single parents.

The first tri-sector Fund, pooling government, private and philanthropic capital, IVN Yozma began operating in 2015, in collaboration with the National Insurance Institute, the National Economic Council and the Ministry of Finance. The Yozma Fund provides investors and philanthropies with a unique opportunity to support social causes with significantly reduced risk.  Specifically, as the Israeli government invests in the Fund, it mitigates the risk of private and philanthropic monies.

IVN Tandem fund $1.5M

Fund’s focus:
Economic development models, employment
and education-focused ventures. 

The Tandem Fund, Israel’s very first social impact investment fund, was launched by IVN in 2013. The Fund places every dollar of investment into impact ventures in the form of loans. Once the loan is repaid, IVN redistributes the same capital to other promising social ventures, ensuring that the money keeps getting reinvested; over a period of 10 years, investments are leveraged 2.5 times.

IVN Seed fund $500K

Fund’s focus:
disadvantaged populations and economic development.

Established in 2014, in partnership with Bank Mizrahi Tefahot, IVN Seed Fund supports early stage impact ventures. This fund aims to provide young social impact entrepreneurs with initial funding and mentoring to get their ventures off the ground, and develop a pipeline of promising impact ventures for IVN’s other funds.

investing in Israel's social impact ecosystem

how we work:

Sourcing & Selection ​

We look at a wide range of impact businesses compatible with the goals and objectives of our investment funds, and conduct a rigorous due diligence process on which our investment committees bases its decision.

Financing

We provide social investments and attractive loans/equity to the chosen social impact businesses. In addition, we attract new and diversified sources of capital from the business sector to replace, in part, traditional philanthropy and government funding.

Mentoring & Support

Our network of volunteering mentors helps our portfolio ventures by opening doors, making relevant business connections, and helping the impact entrepreneurs develop their own management and business skills, to fortify their business in increase their impact. 

Measurement

We developed measurement tools (SROI – Social return on investment) that helps impact businesses evaluate their social impact on their community.