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 profit-for-purpose organisations.
Kylie was then the 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 bodies, and studying social impact at UWA.
After working together through 2013, their professional relationship evolved into a personal one, and 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 impact investment, social innovation and social impact ventures, Kylie and Sven founded Impact Seed in 2015. Its first public outing was the inaugural pitch event at the Social Impact Festival in 2016.
Since then, Impact Seed has supported over 100 founders, numerous not for profit, business, investor and government stakeholders. We have developed a skills-based incubator and commercialisation program, as well as focus workshops covering ‘Impact Investment 101’, Impact Investment for NFPs, and an innovation and coinvestment program which develops -and funds through co-investment models – profit for purpose impact ventures which collaboratively address some of our most challenging social issues.