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Lumina Impact Ventures

Scaling proven solutions that target equity and attainment

For Lumina, social investing is about acceleration – investing in the critical interventions necessary to increase attainment to 60%. We believe social investing can be a mechanism that will bring others – both their money and their talent – in pursuit of the goal.

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Why Lumina Impact Ventures?

With just 8 years left to reach Lumina's 2025 goal – at our current pace – we're projected to fall short of the targeted number of Americans with credentials beyond high school by 10.9 million. The urgency of this situation calls for more innovation in our philanthropic approach. Impact Ventures is Lumina's newest tool to leverage additional resources and accelerate impact. 

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Lumina Impact Ventures portfolio

Impact Investments

  • Bitwise Industries – a technology training provider focused on marginalized groups of people such as first-generation immigrants, people of color, women, veterans, the formerly incarcerated, and the long-term unemployed, who traditionally have not had access to high growth, high-wage careers in technology.
  • BridgeEdU—the provider of intervention services to improve retention and college completion targeting the highest-risk first-year college students.
  • BrightHive – an impact-driven data technology company using a suite of smart data collection, integration and governance products to transform the way social services providers share data, make decisions, and affect the behavioral outcomes of beneficiaries.
  • Care Academy – education company that provides training to support in-home caregivers and the families they work with.
  • Cell-Ed – provider of educational content through a text-based and web-accessible platform, serving low-income workforce professional development and upskilling.
  • Civitas Learning—an education data science company that provides insights and tools to optimize student learning, retention, and completion.
  • Credly—a technology platform for verifying, sharing and managing digital badges and credentials that empowers the recognition of lifelong achievement.
  • Edovo – a leading provider of education and telecom services for the incarcerated population.
  • Edquity – a technology platform providing postsecondary financial management and emergency aid tools to low-income high school, college and university students.
  • EduNav – An academic software planning tool to optimize student success and resource allocation.
  • Mentor Collective – A technology platform to match students with high-impact peer, alumni and career mentors.
  • Upswing – an education company providing technology-enabled student support services and solutions to improve persistence and graduation.
  • Viridis Learning— a technology platform of guided career pathways building students’ Skills Passports that help match with employer hiring needs.

Ecosystem Grants

  • Camelback Ventures – An accelerator focused on addressing inequities of entrepreneurship by providing coaching, capital, and connections to underrepresented entrepreneurs.
  • New Profit—a leading accelerator with a long history and proven record of scaling high-impact nonprofit organizations.
  • U.S. Impact Investing Alliance – a field-building organization committed to raising awareness of impact investing in the United States, fostering deployment of impact capital and working with stakeholders to help build the impact investing ecosystem.
  • Village Capital – an accelerator that finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems; Lumina’s investment focused on the education vertical.

More About The Role of Lumina Impact Ventures

Lumina Impact Ventures (LIV) is to identify promising solutions that improve attainment for traditionally underrepresented populations and turn those solutions into scalable and investable opportunities to accelerate progress toward Lumina's 2025 goal.

Over time the social investment portfolio will achieve the following objectives:

  1. Drive a social return that contributes significantly toward increased attainment;
  2. Deliver a financial return of 0-4% for the entire portfolio of social investments; 
  3. Catalyze other investors and capital in support of the goal;
  4. Build an ecosystem that is able to deliver the 21st-century postsecondary learning system; and
  5. Drive a learning return to inform our grantmaking.

Lumina Impact Ventures leverages social capital to accelerate development of promising solutions that can help more people benefit from education and training beyond high school. Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis operates this impact-investing arm as part of its national commitment to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. The foundation envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation's need for talent through a broad range of credentials. The foundation's goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.

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