Columbia Impact Investing Initiative (CI3) is an organization at Columbia University dedicated to the emerging field of impact investing and social entrepreneurship.
Founded in September 2010, CI3 now has over 200 graduate student members from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia Business School, Columbia Law School, the Earth Institute and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The third power in our name reflects CI3's belief in the vast potential of mobilizing private and public finance to scale up sustainable enterprises designed to achieve triple bottom line results: financial return, social impact, and environmental impact. The organization is dedicated to learning about and contributing to the advancement of impact investing and social entrepreneurship around the world.
CI3's mission is to inspire and prepare Columbia University's graduate students for leadership and professional roles in impact investing and social entrepreneurship.
CI3 organizes semester long consulting projects with impact investors and social entrepreneurs in which selected students acquire experience in working with and consulting for real-life actors in the social impact arena. CI3 additionally hosts a variety of career panels and speakers throughout the year to engage the student body with professionals in the field for an integral learning experience and professional development.