Vista Ventures Social Impact Fund is incorporated in the State of California to “provide education and financial support to early stage impact-focused businesses and social enterprises that address problems of an economic, social or environmental nature…”

The organization was founded by Bill Harrington who has almost thirty years of experience in business development including work in Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Bosnia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines and Tanzania.

Mr. Harrington has provided advice and consulting services to numerous start-up and early stage companies, particularly in commercialization of renewable energy technologies.  He has consulted widely and provided training programs on capital attraction and governance as well as other topics in microfinance.  He has evaluated investment candidates and negotiated terms with microfinance institutions and operating companies.  He has authored and published papers on valuation, business planning and the role of foreign investment in microfinance.  He is an investor in social impact companies with a focus on India, Africa, and Central America as well as innovative technologies in the US.

Much of Mr. Harrington’s microfinance work was conducted on behalf of MEDA, a leading international NGO with almost sixty years of experience in economic development in developing countries.  From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Harrington was with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an innovative public-private partnership which focuses on developing early stage companies with promising technologies.  Mr. Harrington was executive vice president and oversaw investments in a portfolio of over 200 companies through five investment funds.

Mr. Harrington is a graduate of Lafayette College with a BS in mechanical engineering.  He has a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.  He regularly serves as a judge of the business plan competition at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is conversant in Spanish.  He is a member of the investment committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative.  His profile is available in LinkedIn.

Photo creditsThe photos appearing on the website were taken by Bill Harrington in Accra, Ghana, Rajasthan, India, and Tarapoto, Peru.  

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