Impact Investing Lab

Impact Investing, according to the SDA Bocconi approach, means scalable business models that can create economic and social value through innovation in products, services and processes, in markets such as education, health, welfare, care for the elderly, social housing once occupied predominantly or exclusively by public sector and traditional not-for-profit organizations.
Impact Investing Lab is a platform, acting as a point of reference at national and international level, to support the development of Impact Investing as a new asset class able to attract public and private capital. Its mission is to generate knowledge, share experiences and bridge investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers, in order to develop new markets and businesses with social impact.


Impact Investing pursues the following objectives:

  • to define the scope of Impact investing and metrics to assess the generation of economic and social value, through a “street level” approach by working with entrepreneurs, investors and policy and decision makers.
  • to contribute to the recognition of Impact Investing as an asset class, able to attract private and public capital.
  • to study how the redefinition of the role of the Public Sector at large can generate business opportunities with social impact that can be seized by pioneering entrepreneurs.


During 2014, the Lab, also through a strong collaboration with international networks such as the European Venture Philanthropy Association and the Global Impact Investing Network, is going to do the following activities:

  • to generate research aimed at understanding the phenomenon of Impact investing
  • to produces customized research and services for its Clients and Partners
  • to organize a series of seminars and workshop open to investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers
  • to contribute to the spread of a culture and a knowledge of Impact investing

Our Stakeholders

The Lab is addressed to support entrepreneurs and funders (financial institutions, foundations, asset and fund managers) interested in entering these new markets or investing in companies that already work in the sector; policy makers and public managers who intend to lever impact investing as a new form of public - private partnership.



Impact Investing Lab
SDA Bocconi School of Management
via Bocconi, 8 - Milano

Francesca Casalini
Tel. 02 5836.6501

Veronica Vecchi