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University Impact is a hands-on venture capital opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about impact investing and social entrepreneurship. 


The journey to UI begins by being selected to attend the UI Impact Investing Bootcamp, where you will immerse in MBA-level training mixed with hands-on experience in the due diligence process required of an impact investment professional.   After the Bootcamp you will have a foundation for which to begin forging your path as a social impact and business leader.  From there, you have the opportunity to join UI as an Associate–UI exclusively recruits impact investment Associates from Bootcamps.  


2022 BOOTCAMP RECRUITMENT  (See application below for further details)

  • August 8th – 19th, 2022.
  • Time commitment: 4 hours/day, Monday through Friday with limited group project work on the weekend
  • Location: Hybrid (In-person in Cape Town for South African students, and virtual-Zoom for students based in the U.S.).
  • Cost: $800 USD, Scholarships are provided by UI’s mission-aligned donors and partners for all the 2022 Bootcamp participants. There are 20 slots open for the Bootcamp.


Guest Speakers: UI gathers industry experts in entrepreneurship, the U.S. and global policy and governance, social and environmental impact, international development, and investments to speak with participants in engaging, interactive discussions.   

Instruction: Daily MBA-level training on the key elements of impact investing, plus leading instruction in social impact from leaders at the BYU Ballard Center and University of Cape Town Bertha Center. Core topics include financial analysis, impact measurement, market and industry analysis, critical thinking, and venture capital investment vehicles. 

Real-World Experience: Participants are split into small groups mentored by UI associates to construct financial, market, industry, management, and impact analysis for several companies and create due diligence memos with investment recommendations. These memos are then presented to members of the UI Investment Committee. 

Networking: Students engage with a global cohort, forging new friendships and developing a diverse understanding from differing perspectives of complex issues. 


What past Bootcamp participants have to say:


Click here to apply

Bootcamp Attendee Application

US (Provo, Santa Clara, Atlanta, remote); South Africa (Cape Town)


Part of UI’s mission is to train the next generation of social impact leaders so they can use these skills to do social good throughout their careers. We are looking for the next group of eager next gen leaders to begin their journey with UI. 

Do you have an interest in social impact?  Do you want to understand the fundamentals of impact investing and philanthropy?  If so, UI is the place to be!  Come train with hands-on experience in the field. 

  • August 8th – 19th, 2022.
  • Time commitment: 4 hours/day, Monday through Friday with limited group project work on the weekend
  • Location: South Africa and US
    • Hybrid (In-person in Cape Town for South African students, and virtual-Zoom for students based in the U.S.).
  • Application closes June 10.  UI will be doing rolling interviews as applications are submitted.  Decisions will be made by July 1.
  • Recruiting from: Brigham Young University, Morehouse College, Santa Clara University, Spelman College, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape


  • Growth mindset
  • Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Inquisitive nature and an interest in making an impact
  • Proven grit and the ability to communicate effectively
  • Mature personal and interpersonal skills
  • **No experience in finance is required**

Application Essays
In the application candidates are asked to complete these two essays.  These are very important in our decision making process and are required to apply.

  1. Please share an organization (for-profit or nonprofit) that you think is solving a social or environmental problem effectively and why. (300 words)
  2. Please watch this video and then answer this question.   What does a growth mindset mean to you and how have you exemplify it?  (up to 250 words)


  • What is the process for being selected?  The first step is completing the application and submitted your CV and answering the two essay questions.  The UI recruitment committee made of up the Management team and current UI Associates will then select candidates to move forward to the interview round.  The interview is a time for our team to get to know you better, understand your interest in social impact, what you want to learn, and answer any of your questions.  Candidates will be selected after their interview with the UI team.
  • Do I need to attend every session during the Bootcamp?   Yes.  Each group lecture, team training, and project time are critical to the learning and skills development over the two-week time period.
  • Is there “homework”?  UI tries to limit the studying and project work done outside designated hours.  That said, there are prep work assignments to prepare for each daily lesson and activity.  In addition, for projects, you may decided with your team to put in after hour work.
  • Do I automatically get an hired as a UI Associate at the end of Bootcamp?  UI has a limited number of UI Associate positions open at the end of each Bootcamp.  All Bootcamp attendees are considered candidates.
  • If I am not selected for the UI Bootcamp, what are other ways I can become involved in social impact?  Yes!  UI will host webinars through our UI Voices series and Seminars for students.   We will add you to our list to be notified.