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SPARQ Hosts Research Clinic on Bias in Impact Investing

A handful of coins sprouting a new plant.
August 02, 2016

SPARQ faculty co-directors Jennifer Eberhardt and Hazel Markus hosted a SPARQ Research Clinic in late July with a diverse group of faculty, investors, and professionals focused on the role of bias in impact investing. Impact investing refers to funding entrepreneurs with social and environmental causes, in addition to generating financial returns. Bias can impact investor's decisions in various ways. At the clinic, the group discussed how certain racial cues (e.g., names, language) could trigger bias toward minority entrepreneurs among venture capitalists and what sort of lost financial opportunity this bias creates. The attendees brainstormed ways to measure and intervene on bias.