Impact Investing Program

The Ballard Center’s Impact Investing program helps students learn skills and gain experience in investing in sustainable social ventures that are creating positive social impact.

What is Impact Investing?

Impact investing is the active placement of capital and funds in businesses that achieve social benefit while simultaneously generating financial returns. Impact investing blends best practices from traditional asset management, private equity and venture capital investing, business development, international and domestic economic development, and environmental innovation to support enterprises that maximize financial returns and social good.


The Ballard Center offers both classroom and internship opportunities in impact investing.

The Impact Investing program at the Ballard Center focuses on experiential learning with leading social investment firms, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, innovative non-profit organizations, and foundations to identify, assist, and fund social enterprises with significant potential.

Bridge the gap between businesses and social causes by signing up for the Ballard Center’s Impact Investing class and gain these benefits:

  1. Education: The Impact Investing class provides students with a working knowledge and understanding of the impact investing ecosystem—how to define impact, how to create an investment thesis, how to analyze a social business, and how to make effective investment decisions.
  2. Experience: Students will hear from several current social ventures from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Through these interactions they will have the opportunity to gain skills related to impact investing including experience in due diligence, research, and business analysis.
  3. Career Development: Students will develop skills necessary to pursue a wide variety of careers, including venture capital, private equity, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship. The program will help students gain unparalleled opportunities to start their careers in exciting industries and regions throughout the world.

The University Impact internship gives students the unique opportunity to be a part of the world’s newest student-run impact investment firm. These internships start at the beginning of each semester to give students hands-on impact investing experience. University Impact was founded in partnership with the Ballard Center; social entrepreneur, business leader, and societal innovator Kurt Brown; and global impact investor Geoff Woolley. This independently run venture fund leverages the skills of undergraduate and graduate students throughout the world.

At University Impact, student associates play critical roles in the due diligence and investment process. Paid Internships start at the beginning of BYU’s semesters. By signing up for the Ballard Center newsletter, you will be informed of University Impact information sessions on BYU campus and application deadlines.

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For more information, please sign up for a Ballard Center advisement session

“[Through the Ballard Center’s Impact Investing course] I’ve developed a lot of empathy for those I’m working to benefit in emerging markets, and, at the same time, I’ve learned the relevant business skills to do this sustainably. Also, because of a consulting opportunity that came up because of my impact investing internship, I now work for a start-up social enterprise.”
— Andrew Scheuermann,