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The IIF Experience

A Human Capital Initiative

Connecting, Inspiring & Supporting Innovators Who Develop Social Impact Solutions


The IIF Experience is a groundbreaking Human Capital Initiative developed by the Impact Innovation Foundation in partnership with GatherVerse Ventures. The IIF Experience is a global and a vibrant ecosystem of collaboration and empowerment bringing together subject matter experts, visionaries, and resources from around the world. It is within this collaborative environment that social impact startups and organizations flourish, creating innovative solutions that address pressing global challenges.

Unlike traditional accelerators and incubators, the IIF Experience is a unique journey for each individual startups. This tailored, non-cookie cutter support ensures that each venture receives the knowledge, tools, and resources needed for their own long-term success while collecting data through their research teams. The IIF Experience also follows the journey of our startups and our pledge partners interested in investing in them through our global news partner.

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The IIF Experience Steps


Education Program with Mentorship

The Education Program is a comprehensive business initiative that forms the backbone of our mission to catalyze positive social impact. This approach not only enhances their chances of success but also fosters innovation and creative problem-solving. Startups may repeat the education program as many times as needed until they are ready to move on to the Fellowship Program.

Alumni May Apply For A $25K Startup Grant


Fellowship Program With Mentorship

The Fellowship Program is an immersive and intensive initiative designed to prepare startups to launch. After six months, fellows finish with a developed customized Startup Launch Packet. A proprietary and innovative way for startups to have every aspect of their business mapped out and ready to build the day they receive their Startup Traction Funding. 

Qualified Alumni May Apply For Startup Traction Funding ($50k - $1M)


Startup Traction Funding:

Investors seek specific milestones and signs of traction in startups before they invest. Startups need to demonstrate product validation, which can include a working prototype and early adopters, to prove market fit and address real problems. Reaching these milestones can be challenging for startups, particularly without financial backing. Our funding provides startups with essential financial support to achieve the milestones that investors seek before they commit.  


Research & News:

IIF conducts thorough research on startups that receive Startup Traction funding of $50k or more. This research encompasses a comprehensive evaluation of the startup's impact on society, an assessment of the risks they have successfully navigated, a careful examination of their traction and growth metrics, and the collection of data to substantiate their investment valuation. Our partner, GatherVerse News doesn't just report the news; it showcases the innovative solutions and impactful work of IIF-supported startups.

View Our Featured Startups Striving To Impact Humanity

An Ecosystem of Collaboration & Empowerment

IIF was born out of the recognition that traditional approaches alone cannot address the complex and interconnected issues we face today. Therefore,  IIF has brought on Lead Nonprofits to build a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of change-makers. By bringing together subject matter experts, visionaries, and resources from various sectors, IIF is able to foster cross-pollination of ideas and the exchange of best practices, ultimately amplifying the impact of social innovations around the world. Our Lead Nonprofits:


Euromersive brings added value to the HCI and the broader community in several ways:

  • As the European federation of XR professionals, they possess a deep understanding of immersive media, emerging technologies, and the metaverse.

  • Access to a thriving community of over 6000 XR professionals.

  • Through a Virtual Education platform, they provide a unique opportunity to learn and grow.


X|ergry brings added value to the HCI and the broader community in several ways:

  • They provide the ultimate launchpad for SusTech startups to valuate, validate and optimize new business ideas through lean assessment, demonstration, practical application, and evaluation cycle.

  • Virtual transformative ecosystem for SusTech startups to access a vast array of knowledge, expertise, and resources from investors, industry leaders, academia, and policy makers.


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