CO Impact Initiative launches a call for social impact investments in Colorado

CO Impact Days has launched a Call for Deals, an effort to raise $100 million in investment capital to support social impact efforts over the next three years. The organizers are creating a statewide marketplace for impact investment that they say is the first such marketplace in the U.S.

The Call for Deals is open to for-profit, nonprofits, funds and projects from Dec. 7 to Jan. 10, 2016. The Curtis Hotel and The Ellie Caulkins Opera House will host live events on March 3 and 4 in 2016 to discuss identify impact investing in Colorado as well as opportunities.

CO Impact Days is part of the larger CO Impact Initiative, which is aimed at making Colorado a "better place to live, work, and play," the initiative said in a statement. The initiative was founded by the University of Denver's Impact Finance Center in 2014.

Organizers anticipate that 200 impact investors will be at the event in March. "Social ventures responding to this call could be among the top 50 selected to participate in the first statewide marketplace for impact investing in the United States," CO Impact Days said in a statement.

During the live event, participants will interact in peer discussions and workshops led by industry experts and thought leaders, according to CO Impact Days.

Social ventures and organizations can apply for consideration here in one of six categories: Health, Wellness and Food; Arts, Culture and Creative Enterprise; Energy; Environment, Water, Transportation & Agriculture; Early Childhood and Education; and Economic Development Social and Justice.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

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Chris is a Denver-based freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. He covers sustainability, social issues and other topics.
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