Investing Real Funds for Real Impact: Experiential Learning with Portland State’s Master of Science in Finance.
Portland State University’s Master of Science in Finance (MSF) is designed around applied learning opportunities and values that go beyond the bottom line. Impact Ventures is a unique student-run and founded investing fund, which epitomizes the program’s commitment to both career and community outcomes.
Alexis Nelson is an MSF alum and one of the founders — along with Yelena Bean, Lisa Pitts and Brent Stark — who helped start Impact Ventures. They wanted to learn more about an investment framework that considers environmental and social performance alongside financial success and to explore the role capitalism plays in addressing our most pressing issues. They saw the chance to bring venture capital and social and environmental good together in the first student-led impact investing fund in the Pacific Northwest.
“I knew that this project could help me to satisfy my entrepreneurial drive, challenge myself in a new way and learn more about