Seeking to deliver attractive returns while generating meaningful and measurable impact

We seek to make impact investments with a dual objective of generating attractive risk-adjusted returns while creating a measurable social and environmental impact. Since 2001, we have been developing and investing in mission-driven customized portfolio solutions for our clients, investing across the growing market opportunity and leveraging Hamilton Lane’s global platform, network and deal flow. Importantly, we also identify and report on impact metrics of underlying investments.

  • Strategic investment partner for private markets fund managers globally with broad coverage of private impact markets
  • Striving to generate measurable social and environmental impact in addition to financial returns
  • Same rigorous underwriting, shared intel, data and resources across Hamilton Lane’s investment and research activities, including an impact lens
  • Investing with a focus on the core impact sectors of: Healthcare, Energy & Environment, Community Development and Financial Empowerment

Opportunities Reviewed in 2021


Invested Across 11 Impact Deals


Years of Impact Investing Experience

*As of 12/31/21

Deal Spotlights

Level Access / eSSENTIAL Accessibility

Who they are

A scaled end-to-end platform that provides software solutions for companies to improve disabled individuals’ access to and experience with digital service offerings.

Why It Matters

Equitable digital accessibility is becoming increasingly critical as many modern goods and services are often attainable primarily through digital means.

The bottom line

The combined company’s success directly translates to more accessible digital services for typically marginalized individuals, and helps companies meet their regulatory requirements.

The HL Advantage

Hamilton Lane has been following the company since 2017, and was provided proprietary access due to our focused impact investing efforts.

Climate Impact Partners

Who they are

Provider of carbon offset consulting services that structures, develops and delivers large-scale emission reduction programs for corporate clients in the voluntary and compliance carbon reduction markets.

Why It Matters

Climate Impact Partners generates carbon credits for customers to purchase to offset their carbon footprint, by identifying and establishing projects that deliver climate impacts, such as developing wind farms in Argentina, providing efficient cook stoves in India, and protecting rainforests.

The bottom line

For more than 20 years, the company – which is committed to delivering 1 billion tonnes of CO2 reductions by 2030 – has pioneered the use of carbon finance for projects that transform the global economy, improve health and livelihoods and restore a thriving planet.


The HL advantage

Hamilton Lane sourced the deal directly through a relationship with the founders of the business and negotiated beneficial terms for our LPs.


Who they are

A cost-effective and expandable platform for Smart City deployments that leverage existing infrastructure to make cities smarter, safer and more connected. 

The HL advantage

Hamilton Lane received advantaged access and co-underwrote this oversubscribed growth round due to our existing relationship with management as an investor in a previous growth round.

Why it matters

Ubicquia provides innovative technology that helps cities reduce energy costs and expand public broadband, bridging the digital divide through its unique product offerings such as utility-grade power metering, inexpensive public Wi-Fi, increased cell coverage, and existing streetlight smart controls. Conversion from legacy streetlights can save a city 40-60% of electricity costs through an LED upgrade and ~85% when networking capabilities are added.

The bottom line

Ubicquia’s services reduced the equivalent of 1,327 metric tons of CO2 emissions, as of August 2021.

Hamilton Lane’s platform, scale and data expertise give us a powerful advantage in identifying and executing on what we believe to be attractive investment opportunities aimed at benefitting society.
David Helgerson
Co-Head of Impact Investments

Technology facilitates impact metric tracking

Hamilton Lane’s technology solutions support our objective of generating compelling returns and social and environmental impact for our investors. Using these technology solutions, we can monitor and report the relevant impact metrics respective to each investment. These metrics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Energy savings
  • Water cleaned
  • Landfill waste reduction

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