In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.
In short, active impact investing markets are built on substantial policy foundations.
To think "a priori" about the likely market and business model characteristics will maximize the likelihood of success or, at least, make the challenges more explicit and therefore help manage expectations.
Raising growth capital is a challenge for most businesses, but social enterprises face an extra hurdle--they have to show how they're going to maximize their positive impact and demonstrate the qualities investors generally look for, including a strong management team, a unique approach to the market or problem, and growth potential.
Against a backdrop of rising income and wealth inequalities, high volatility in commercial capital markets and a growing sense that "business as usual" is neither sustainable nor desirable, it should perhaps not be surprising that impact investing has gained such traction.
SIBs represent the dawn of a new era, one that will accelerate the evolution of the Impact Economy.
2011 could be an inflection point in the Capitol. New leadership in Congress. New staff at the White House. Perhaps even a new era of bipartisanship forged out of the tragedy in Arizona.