Investing in a better future

The AiiM Partners Fund invests in companies that solve complex social and environmental issues. Our investments address climate change through the lens of oceans and their interdependencies with land, air, and energy systems.

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Systems Thinking

Oceans Focused

The problems facing oceans are complex and highly interconnected with other sectors like food production, transportation, and energy. We take a systems level approach to find high impact solutions, often where sectors intersect.

How We're Different

A Better Investment Model

We provide milestones-based, long duration capital and hands-on technical assistance to build high impact companies that help create a healthy ecosystem.

We Focus on the “Missing Middle’

We invest in the ‘missing middle’, where capital is scarce for innovative companies disrupting big markets, to bridge companies from prototype to scale.

A Proven Track Record

Our team has combined 160 years of experience in funding, ocean health, and building innovative, profitable businesses that have improved over 3 million lives and attracted over 25 times initial investment in follow-on capital. The team’s portfolio strategy has yielded top quartile performance while benefiting 3 million people worldwide. Women founders and CEOs form 64% of the AiiM Partners Fund assets; ethnic minority founders and CEOs, 59%.

Our Team

Shally Shanker

Founder & Managing Partner

Portfolio strategy, investment thesis, diligence & management.

The Schmidt Family Foundation, Hillspire, Stanford School of Medicine

Ben Tarbell

Technology Partner

Product Strategy, Technology, Energy

Google X, SolarCity, Mosaic, IDEO

Hailey Hu

Investment Director

Sourcing, investment diligence, portfolio support

Accenture, Grameen Foundation, UPenn (Wharton)

Mattie Bekink

Policy & Communications Director

Metrics, investment diligence, communications

Skadden, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Center for Business and Human Rights, Stanford University

Luke Halsey

Investment Director

Analytics, investment diligence, performance and metrics

The Schmidt Family Foundation, Social Finance, Oxford University

Sameer Halai

Operating Partner

Energy, Financing, User Experience

The Schmidt Family Foundation, Jirav, SunFunder, Microsoft

Tim Richardson

Venture Partner

Ocean Technology, Robotics, Health

Georgia Tech, Jupiter Research, Liquid Robotics, Micro Linear

Justin Manley

Technology Director

Engineering, Robotics, Sensors

Marine Technology Society, MIT

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