Woman in India sitting on her new ReMaterials roof.

Shelter Venture Fund

Nurturing innovations that improve housing

The Terwilliger Center’s Shelter Venture Fund invests in and nurtures innovative entrepreneurs and small-but-growing businesses focused on improving housing conditions for the world’s 1.6 billion people living in slums or inadequate housing.

Launched in 2017 by Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, the fund catalyzes and expands the affordable housing market by investing in shelter entrepreneurs operating in the “pioneer gap” – where early stage companies are often considered too nascent or too risky for conventional venture capital firms. The intent is to accelerate those entrepreneurs’ pathways to reaching low-income families with products and services that improve their housing conditions.

Impact of the Shelter Venture Fund

  • Innovative entrepreneurs and small businesses gain access to funds to grow their operations sustainably.
  • Low-income clients gain access to quality goods and services to improve their shelter.
  • Housing markets expand, generating employment and livelihood.
“Habitat’s investment was a real game changer for us. … It triggered the forward momentum that brought us to new markets and brought to completion important programming and testing of new technology.”
— Nancy Welsh, co-founder and chief marketing officer of iBUILD Global

The Shelter Venture Fund, now positioned to grow its Assets Under Management significantly, has disbursed $3.02 million to 11 companies globally:

Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter

With more than 1.6 billion people across the globe who still lack adequate shelter, our market development programs are continually pursuing new strategies to assist even more families in need of a safe place to call home.

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