Vulcan Impact Investing

Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. is the engine behind philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen’s network of organizations and initiatives. Empowered by Paul’s vision to make a positive difference in the world, we work to be catalysts for change and translate that vision into impact. We share a commitment to improving our planet through catalytic philanthropy, inspirational experiences, and scientific and technological breakthroughs. As we look at helping tackle some of the world’s hardest problems, we join Paul in always asking: “What solution should exist that doesn’t?”

Vulcan Impact Investing (VI2) identifies and invests in market-based solutions that have the potential to transform lives through sustainable, scalable approaches to development. We support projects and businesses which accelerate access to infrastructure and services designed to meaningfully improve quality of life.  We are actively expanding our African portfolio in 2016.


  • Innovative – our investments hinge on inventive technology, business models and/or development principles
  • Inclusive – our investees serve excluded and under-served populations and have diverse management team
  • Impactful – we measure success through Return on Investment, Social Impact and Environmental Impact
  • Informed – our extended network is on the ground and active in the countries in which we operate
  • International – VI2 has its roots in Africa but may consider projects around the globe and in our Pacific Northwest backyard


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Location Seattle, WA, USA
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Sectors EdTech, HealthTech, ICT