Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation

Based in The berkshires, U.S.A.

The Impact Entrepreneur Center for Social and Environmental Innovation is a global & regional epicenter for entrepreneurs, investors, scholars and students of social and environmental impact, as well as others passionate about creating, accelerating and scaling profitable enterprises that drive measurable, impactful change. IEC is active in education, incubation and the overall building of the social impact space — partnering with thought-leading companies, impact investing organizations and academic institutions in an effort to transform the business landscape so that it is more responsive to the epochal social and environmental challenges facing humanity. 

There are three parts to IEC's mission:

  1. Remote learning, resource and inubation hub for the rapidly growing Impact Entrepreneur Network;
  2. Year-round gathering place for thought-leading impact entrepreneurs and impact investors in the Northeast corridor (including New York City and Boston) of the United States; and
  3. Development of replicable "impact economy" models.

The Center is currently launching a curated suite of tools and resources for impact entrepreneurs in universities and co-working hubs. In 2018, Impact Inside will be piloted in a number of specially selected locations around the world.  

Alongside Impact Inside, the Center has launched a program series, XVii, that engages world-class entrepreneurs, investors and scholars in developing and incubating place-based as well as globally scalable business solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a think tank, IEC is pioneering two new economic development models — the "Regional Impact Economy" and “Public Benefit Enterprise Zone.” Regional impact economies emphasize "place-based" development and are distinguished by an abundance of double and triple bottom line businesses that are fueled by impact investments. Public Benefit Enterprise Zones (PBEZs) are a tool employed in the regional impact economy model. Containing a vital mix of "hard" and soft" incentives, PBEZs are explicitly structured to stimulate the incubation and acceleration of social and environmental impact businesses, and to attract new sources of impact investment into communities.


Here are some media pieces on the Berkshires project:

For a full listing of press and blog postings, visit our Network page.