Impact Seed was the culmination of a chance meeting between Co Founders Kylie Hansen and Sven Stenvers in 2012.
After a 15 year background in tech, telecommunications and clean energy startups, Sven exited his renewable energy venture in 2011, continuing to focus his passion for working with and building purpose driven organisations.
Kylie was then Chair of Cambodian/Australian social enterprise, Empowering Communities, having just returned to a Perth after a year long term as its CEO, and was concurrently working in roles with WA community services peak body WACOSS, and completing her Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at UWA.
Over the next 2 years Sven and Kylie sought to further align their life and work with with their values, exploring the WA startup ecosystem for investable social enterprises. What they found was a WA startup, innovation and investment ecosystem which was overtly tech-centric, in which you were identified as “either a business, or a social enterprise, not both”.
Not satisfied with WA’s lack of support for purpose driven business, social innovation, and impact investment, Impact Seed was formed in 2014 under the auspices and sponsorship of their business advisory Impact West.
Today Impact Seed is Western Australia’s peak advocacy organisation for impact investment and social enterprise development. Its work focuses on market development, growing participation and engagement with impact investment and social enterprise, and influencing policy.
We have supported over 100 founders, numerous not for profit, business, investor and government stakeholders, built an active government advocacy profile, along with a range of incubation, education and innovation programs, workshops and events.