Financing Economies
of the Future

Our work is driven by the belief that profit and purpose can co-exist. SecondMuse Capital is the impact-focused asset management arm of SecondMuse. When we think about impact at SecondMuse Capital, we consider entire economic and social systems and not only companies and their products and services. We strategically influence and deploy capital across sectors and regions to help create new economies that are growing, resilient, and inclusive. 

Building economies of the future will require a new, collaborative approach to their research and design. The Future Economy Lab seeks to shift how our communities, governments, and private sector businesses and investors think about economic development. SecondMuse Capital does this by engaging investors — institutional, governmental, individuals, asset managers — in new ways to research and design financial mechanisms alongside the community that it is meant to serve. 

Whether acting as a general partner in a fund, designing capital structures,  or collaborating with other investment managers we seek to optimize the application of blended finance. By weaving together government contracts, philanthropy, and traditional investment dollars we are better able to drive returns, reduce risk and generate large scale positive impact.

Asset
Management

Investing in companies and real-estate that create a positive social and environmental impact

Innovative Capital
Design

Landscape analysis, financial mechanism design, stakeholder alignment, investment sourcing, and de-risking strategies

Investment Thesis

  • A collaborative, transparent, diverse and inclusive approach to managing capital helps to increase returns & decrease risk.
  • Blended capital allows us to uncover new markets that previously had been deemed uninvestable and partner with a wider group of investors.
  • We invest in nascent economies and markets – across multiple geographies – or economies undergoing important transitions, where we can impact their culture to foster connection, innovation, and trust.
  • Partnering with incubators, accelerators, and broader ecosystem programs provides market intelligence that may de-risk investments and amplify positive impact.

Our
WORK

As part of our work, we design capital mechanisms, invest in companies, real estate and funds, and work alongside investors to operate in new ways.

CLIO Fund

CLIO is a $50M Climate Innovation Fund, with a regional focus on the North East of North America. Our ecosystem-driven investment strategy is designed for finding founders early and helping them build companies with network effects that fulfill public and private demand for carbon neutrality. Our investment thesis is centered on digital intelligence for climate innovation. Our strategy is built on operational efficiency, collaboration, data driven approach, inclusiveness and diversity; an ‘open source’ approach to support founders and the ecosystem development. The blended capital approach allows us to invest sooner than anyone else in new market segments that previously had been deemed too risky. Our investment in nascent economies enables us to positively impact their culture and foster connection and trust, which leads to more innovation and faster progress from product discovery, to market validation, to organizational efficiency, and ultimately environmental impact at scale.

Ocean Plastics Fund

SecondMuse Capital is an Operational Partner of Circulate Capital, an impact-focused investment management firm, financing companies, projects and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastics. SecondMuse and The Circulate Initiative launched The Incubation Network to accelerate solutions to ocean plastic waste by partnering with existing incubators. To date, the fund has raised $106 million across governments, investors, foundations and corporations.

SW Florida Impact Fund

SecondMuse Capital is General Partner in SW Florida Impact Partners LLP, a community impact fund focused on reducing inequalities by raising the profile and capacity of female, minority and traditionally marginalized entrepreneurs. Total fund capitalization will stand at $30 million on closing and will deploy capital to real-estate for anchor institutions — schools, grocery, banks, and healthcare facilities—and small businesses. This stands as an example of a new model for community redevelopment, one that engages and builds upon the knowledge and experience of local stakeholders.

Knowledge & Innovation Exchange Fund

The Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a flagship program for the Global Partnership for Education, is the only global fund that focuses on strengthening education systems in the Global South in order to increase the number of students in schools and their learning opportunities. SecondMuse and Bivee designed the blueprint for KIX and strategically supported the launch of the $60 million KIX fund and a separate $60 million Advocacy and Social Accountability fund.

Battle Creek Startup Fund

To help bridge seed capital gaps, SecondMuse is managing education awards for early-stage ALICE entrepreneurs based in Battle Creek, MI. The awards, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, give ALICE entrepreneurs runway to develop a business model and establish a market while honing new skills in business planning and management. Provided in tandem with training and technical assistance, the awards are meant to increase entrepreneurs’ ability to manage finances, sustain a new business, and in turn derisk subsequent rounds of financing from traditional forms of capital like business loans or equity investments.