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RSM2706H – Impact Investing in an Early-Stage Enterprise (Fall 2022)

General Information


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Applicable Emphases:
(m) = Main, (s)= Supplemental

  • Strategy

Applicable Major(s):
(c) = Core, (r) = Recommended

  • Leadership and Change Management (c)

Instructor Bio

Rod Lohin is the Executive Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship and a Sessional Lecturer at Rotman. He is an expert on corporate sustainability strategy and sustainable finance, publishing widely and consulting with companies like RBC, Ericsson and SunLife. He is a co-founder of, a public inventory of impact investing products in Canada.

Target Audience

Students with an interest in early-stage investing, private equity, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social innovation and social and environmental issues in management.


This is formally a Spring Term class, but to keep pace with the MIINT program it is taught across both fall and spring terms in 6-8 x 2 hour classes, online readings, quizzes and deliverables, and group work.

Course Mission

Students will will learn about early-stage impact investing, including what impact investing is and how fast it is growing, how to develop an impact investing thesis, source early-stage impact investments, conduct due diligence, and prepare and deliver an investment memo and recommendation to an investment committee.

Course Scope

Through classes and online materials, you will learn about impact investing through readings, industry resources and guest speakers on impact investing. You will also participate in intensive, self-organized team-based group work to source, assess and pitch a real early-stage impact company to an investment committee. This course is taught in parallel with the Turner MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (TMIINT) program, a joint initiative of the Wharton and the Bridges Impact Foundation. Students who successfully complete all requirements of the course will also receive a certificate from Turner MIINT.

Evaluation and Grade Distribution

ComponentDue DateWeight
Online Deliverables (Quizzes)Ongoing20%
Students Assessment by Team MembersEnd of Term10%
Initial Investment Thesis, Sourcing Strategy, and Sourcing List15%
Business Potential and Due Diligence15%
Investment Committee Presentation Deck and Delivery20%

Required Resources

Online materials will be available through the Wharton Canvas platform with additional readings and guest speakers organized by the instructor.

Experiential Course Limit

There are limits to the number of RSM27XX range courses that students may take for credit toward their degree. Please refer to the Experiential/International Course Eligibility Specifics and Limits section on the RO website for all details.

Last Updated: 2022-10-13 @ 11:57 am