Oxford Impact Finance Innovations Programme

Utilise the latest structures and technology in your impact investments

Start date:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £8,500 plus accommodation (£1,200)

About the programme

Impact Finance Innovations addresses the integration of impact investing, emerging technologies and new types of deal and fund structures. 

The programme is designed for individuals that have experience allocating capital for impact, and are looking to understand best practices around emerging deal contracts, fund structures and technologies.

During the programme, you will build on your existing knowledge and experience with impact capital, to explore the entire spectrum of deal structures and enabling technologies.

You will look at:

  • classifying business growth profiles to identify and prioritise projects that meet your strategy
  • mezzanine financing and the use of structured exit agreements
  • the role of grant capital in impact finance
  • using AI, blockchain and other emerging technologies for impact measurement
  • embedding impact into contracts
  • creating a blended financing toolkit
  • negotiation exercises in blended finance deals
  • community led sourcing, due diligence, exits and ownership
  • innovations in impact measurement and management
  • converging impact standards, technology, and digitalisation
  • monetisation and impact risk
  • policy innovations, regulation, and tax incentives
  • impact bonds and results-based payments

Explore the art of the possible in delivering impact with this programme. Join an experienced group of professional peers from around the world to develop your impact investing strategy with Oxford researchers and global industry leaders.  

What you can expect from this programme


Benefits to you

  • Exposure to the next frontier of impact finance
  • Interact directly with industry innovators
  • Integrate emerging technologies and innovative financing
  • Explore the art of the possible in delivering impact
  • Develop your impact finance strategy
  • Receive a subscription to ImpactAlpha
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

Benefits to your organisation

  • Exposure to the emerging range of fund and deal structures so you can understand the options and select the most appropriate one  
  • Incorporate enabling technologies into deals to effectively deliver and monitor impact


Programme outline

Day one: Fundamentals

  • Laying the groundwork with introduction to innovative financing at the deal and fund level, and the historical context of Impact Finance Innovation.
  • Understanding business growth profiles, and the interplay of equity, debt and trade finance.

Day two: Redesigning risk capital

  • Cases in mezzanine and structured exit financing, including revenue based financing and redeemable equity.
  • Evaluating the use of a structured exit agreement for a company in your portfolio.

Day three: Embedding impact into financing

  • The role of grant capital in impact finance, unpacking recoverable grants and forgivable loans, and linking impact to financing with an interest rate rebate case.
  • Outcomes based contracts and using emerging technologies for impact measurement.
  • Discuss the opportunities that impact linked financing presents to impact investors.

Day four: Fund structures

  • Blended financing toolkit, and exercise in negotiating a blended fund.
  • Q&A with asset owners to understand their thought process and the effective tools they are seeing in the market.
  • Syndicated rolling fund, impact transformation fund, and microfund case studies.

Day five: Community led sourcing, due diligence and exits

  • Evaluate the entire funding process to understand opportunities to embed equity, access, and distributed ownership.


Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network.

Class profile

  • 10+ years professional experience
  • 5+ years experience allocating capital
  • 2+ years experience monitoring and evaluating investments or impact measurement and management (IMM) teams in an advisory capacity

Meet the faculty

The programme is delivered by a team of professors from Oxford’s finance faculty, who have researched, taught and consulted in their areas of expertise.

Industry expert contributors


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