Align17 is a private digital marketplace that seeks to systematically reduce key frictions faced by private wealth looking to deploy capital into investments addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We partner with top institutional impact investors and third-party industry experts to source and screen global investment opportunities pursuing both market-rate financial returns and positive social or environmental outcomes. We then provide a structuring solution to make each transaction as seamless and uniform as possible.
We are working to reduce fragmentation and empower our clients and partners to connect and collaborate, as it is only through partnership that we can realize the full potential of finance to shape a better world. If you share our vision - whether you are a private investor, family office, or financial institution - let’s connect.
Impact investing - or investing with the intention of generating a beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return - is one of the fastest-growing investment themes in the world. According to UBS, more than one-third of family offices already invest in impact, and the next generation is increasingly demanding investments that align with their values.
But we need to accelerate this movement. To achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will require an estimated US$5-7 trillion in investment annually.
Align17 has been created to build deeper, more efficient partnerships between sophisticated private investors and purposeful impact investments. Align17 enables both the end investors and their supporting banks and wealth managers to access impact investment opportunities that match their values, build lasting legacies and create positive change as well as financial returns.
As a social enterprise, Align17 reinvests the majority of its profits to further its mission of mobilizing capital into investments that intend to generate a measurable, beneficial, social, or environmental impact.
The world’s asset owners have the potential to be a powerful catalyst for change. There is increasing demand from private wealth to access impact investments, but the financial industry cannot currently support this transition at the speed and scale that the world needs.
Impact investment is growing rapidly as investors increasingly seek to align their investments with their values. According to the Global Impact Investing Network, for-profit impact fund managers expect to raise over $20bn in 2019, up from $12.5bn in 2018. Further, 90% of participants reported either meeting or exceeding their financial goals with their impact investments.
Align17 has been founded in partnership with UBS, the world’s largest global wealth manager, and a number of other specialist financial services partners. Our manager selection and impact assessment processes have been crafted together with investment management firm Hamilton Lane and PwC respectively.
We are highly capable financial and technology professionals with an unparalleled global network. We are thoughtful, collaborative entrepreneurs who use our resources with purpose and imagination.
We work with top institutional impact investors and third-party industry experts to source and vet global investments presenting deals that both yield results and match investor values.