Investment Readiness & Impact Assessment for Businesses


Length : 90 days

Program Date : September, 27 2021

Structure :

  • Self-guided course
  • Readings
  • Assessments
  • IIX Institute digital credential

Price: $30

Group rates available. Contact : for more info.

Complement your learning journey by completing the Business Plan and Financial Models as provided in the course, which will allow you to put the knowledge learned in the course to use. These tools will help you outline your business as well as provide a current outline of your business potential.


The first-of-its-kind online Investment Readiness and Impact Assessment Course is open to innovative enterprises from anywhere in the world. As a global impact market builder, IIX is democratizing access to world-class business management education with a gender lens to help spur the development of high-impact enterprises that are innovating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Your journey to scalability begins with access to human capital – the mastery of business acumen and technical skills for building financial models, business strategies and impact measurement. The lessons will draw from IIX’s decade of global experience as a pioneering practitioner and thought-leader of impact investing to provide you with a unique perspective of the current landscape of this rapidly-growing field.

Impact Assessment with Gender Lens Module

You will learn to examine and measure your business impact through a gender lens to fundamentally understand the impact you are making on your communities. You will be introduced to IIX’s proprietary Impact Assessment framework that has been applied to over 150 Impact Enterprises, and be able to access a first of its kind, free Digital Impact Assessment Report.

Fundamentals of Raising Capital Module

The second module of this course will take an in-depth look at the various impact investing mechanisms and deal structures complete with a detailed Investment Readiness process. Leverage IIX’s extensive experience in raising capital for a range of Impact Enterprises across sectors, including exits and follow-on funding.

Investment Readiness Module

From mission statements to product and services offerings to strategies for growth, every business can communicate its potential impact to investors. Access curated content from the Miller Center, a leader in social entrepreneurship training, which will guide you through the basics of marketing to the preparation of business plans and financial models to empower you with the building blocks necessary to establish a sustainable business.

Course Outline

Your learning journey begins with:


  • Part 1 – Impact Assessment with a Gender Lens
  • Part 2 – The Fundamentals of Raising Capital
  • Part 3 – Preparing a Business Plan and Financial Model


  • Learn about the landscape of impact investing
  • Explore the important role of gender transformative businesses in women’s empowerment
  • Understand the role of Impact Assessments in assisting in capital raise with a gender lens angle
  • Outline the capital raise process and the financing options available at different growth stages


  • Create business, financial and impact models with guided online instructions
  • Change gendered power dynamics within your team to advance SDG 5 – Gender Equality – and boost organizational performance
  • Define the metrics for social value creation and apply IIX’s proprietary assessment methodology
  • Understand impact investing mechanisms and capital raise processes


1. Business Plan

  • Outline your business – sector of operations, core business offering, marketing plan and short- and long-term goals – in PowerPoint format with built-in templates
  • Access templates the enable you to create realistic, easy-to-read and organized Business Plans

2. Financial Model

  • Build a financial model using templates and sample references
  • Financial Models are essential to capital raising as it provides a current outline of your business potential

Key Benefits


Deepen your business knowledge on impact investing with a gender lens, capital raise, and impact-driven business management


Be equipped with powerful toolkits such as the Digital Impact Assessment Report that will drive effective fundraising


Gain fresh perspectives on entrepreneurship and be empowered as an organizational leader and solution-builder


Professor Durreen Shahnaz

CEO and Founder, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Durreen Shahnaz is a global leader of social impact and impact investing. Born in Bangladesh, Durreen has built an international track record as a social entrepreneur, banker, media executive and academic at institutions, including Morgan Stanley (New York), Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Hearst Magazines International (New York) and the National University of Singapore.

She is the recipient of 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Business’, amongst numerous other awards.

Professor Robert Kraybill

CIO and Managing Director, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Prof. Robert Kraybill has over 20 years in the traditional capital markets as an advisor and investor, where he was previous head of Asian private equity for Marathon Asset Management and ex-head of investment banking, Asia ex-Japan, for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Kraybill began his career at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.

Prof. Kraybill leads all of IIX’s portfolio management activities, notably the launch of IIX’s first Women’s Livelihood Bond™ and is leading the team developing the $150 million Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series and the Women’s Catalyst Fund™. He is also a member of the Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice and Navigating Impact Investment Project.

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