Haas Impact Investing Network

Haas Impact Investing Network

The Haas Impact Investing Network (HIIN) provides MBA students with first-hand experience in impact investing. HIIN is part of an international network bringing together socially minded MBA students from top business engaged in the process of impact investing. This program is run by MBA Impact Investment Network and Training (MIINT) in partnership with Bridges Ventures, an impact investing firm led by Brian Trelstad, former Chief Investment Officer of the Acumen Fund.

HIIN has also partnered with Better Ventures, an Oakland-based venture firm that provides funding and support to high-growth startups solving some of the world’s biggest challenges. Better Ventures will provide training and mentorship to HIIN student venture teams as they go through the process of developing an investment thesis, sourcing startups, and conducting due diligence.

Program Format

  • HIIN will select up to 30 Impact Investment Fellows through an application process and interview process.
  • The program will run from October through April.
  • Additionally, Better Ventures will identify potential candidates for Better Ventures Fellows during the Spring term 2018 and interns for Summer 2018.
  • Fellows will be divided into teams, each focused on one impact theme. Themes could include health and wellness, education and skills, nutrition, financial inclusion, environment, clean tech, or affordable housing.
  • Teams will go through the full impact investing process: researching issue areas, writing an investment thesis, sourcing potential social ventures (early stage startups), conducting due diligence, selecting a venture to pitch, and presenting an investment proposal at the MIINT competition at Wharton, which is typically held in April. Bridges will invest up to $50,000 in the winning social venture.
  • MIINT provides access to an online impact investing course with the option to receive a course completion certificate.
  • Better Ventures will kick off the program with a workshop on “Sourcing Early Stage Startups,” and will meet with teams as they move from sourcing to diligence.
  • Better Ventures will consider investments in UC Berkeley startups sourced by HIIN teams.
  • HIIN will organize additional speakers, internal trainings, and treks to meet with local impact investors.


  • HIIN is open to current FT and EW students at Berkeley Haas.
  • Both first year and second year students are encouraged to apply.
  • No previous experience in impact investing or social enterprise is necessary, although a basic understanding of investing is helpful.
  • The application process for the 2017-18 Fellows is now closed.

Managing Fellows

Victor Leclere
Beth Foster
Amanda Eller

Email the Team

Contact the managing fellows at hiin@lists.haas.berkeley.edu with any questions about the program.


    • Adair Morse, Assistant Professor, Haas Finance Group
    • Bill Rindfuss, Executive Director, Strategic Programs, Haas Finance Group
    • Jill Erbland, Program Director, GSVC, Berkeley Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership