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Lumina Impact Ventures (LIV) is Lumina Foundation’s impact investing strategy for advancing racial equity and making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Through LIV, we seek to accelerate the effort to create a better-educated country by investing directly in emerging companies aligned with our mission.
For the United States to stay competitive, economists and labor-market experts say millions more people will require education beyond high school – education that prepares them for informed citizenship and success in a global economy.
The urgency of this looming talent deficit calls for innovation in how we take on pressing social and economic challenges. LIV expands the foundation’s efforts beyond grant investments to engage the private sector in ways that generate ideas, build knowledge, and attract new capital to create new learning opportunities for all.
LIV elevates entrepreneurs of color and those from low-income backgrounds while fostering a collaborative and founder-friendly ecosystem. Drawing from Lumina’s extensive networks, we make smart introductions and connect portfolio companies with trusted advisors and other non-financial resources they could not find elsewhere.
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In addition to direct equity investments in early-stage companies, LIV provides grant funding to organizations working to build the impact investing ecosystem and support underrepresented founders.
By leading the way on equity investments in promising, scalable technology-enabled solutions, LIV expands Lumina Foundation’s financial tools beyond traditional grant investments. With a focus on social and learning returns, along with expected financial returns, LIV draws from Lumina’s extensive networks to foster a collaborative impact investing ecosystem by initiating cross-sector discussions, shaping new financing practices, and identifying and bringing together strategic partners.