10th Avenue Impact Capital Partners


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Our Goal



We believes it is of the utmost importance that future field leaders – whether it be a future business leader, world-class engineer, or ground-breaking economist – should understand and be exposed to the idea of intentionally using business tools as a force for social impact advancement in this world. 

10th Avenue was created on the foundation of that principle. We believe that giving field-leading students the responsibility and space to make real, positive impact investments into local social enterprises will empower them to take action in the companies that they join post-graduation. By experiencing the power of business as a force for good now, 10th Avenue believes students will be inspired to push for that same goal in their careers. This is the vision that guided the creation of 10th Avenue, and continues to guide the team now.



Student Investment Teams


Each year we select new Associates to join our teams. Students are a part of the 10th Avenue team for two years; transitioning to fund managers in their second.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2019-2020 Associate Positions

Applications close on March 24th, 2019 at 11:59 PM

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Vancouver Social Value Fund


We manage the Vancouver Social Value Fund - VSV for short - a local social value fund that accepts concessionary returns and pursues impact-adjusted, creative financing of local social businesses. VSV is part of the National Social Value Fund network - a non-profit group fostering future social change leaders across the country. We work with a growing network of other student groups in Canada - with student teams launching local social value funds in Montreal and London this year.

You won’t see our presence online quite yet, we are preparing for a launch at the end of March 2019, so check back around then for a link to the new National Social Value Fund website!



Helder Ventures


10th Avenue was founded by a new graduate from the University of British Columbia, while working with Helder Ventures. 10th Avenue’s launch and operations have since been supported by the Helder Ventures team. While the fund is student-led, Helder Ventures works to provide necessary resources, training, advisory, and 1-on-1 coaching for the students to ensure they are in the best possible scenario for success; both individual success in terms of personal growth, and success of the team.


Steve Petterson

10th Avenue Executive Director,

Helder Ventures Associate

Steve is the Director of 10th Avenue Impact Capital Partners, and a recent graduate from UBC Vancouver. Steve found his passion for impact investing during his time at the university, in which he worked as an Impact Investing Analyst for S3I, the Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investment. During this time he helped to create the first impact investing course to be held at the Sauder School of Business as well as completing research on using financial tools and public-private partnerships to address issues in homelessness. After graduating with a Finance major, Steve joined on to Helder Ventures and has taken on a variety of roles, including CFO for a local social enterprise, Bridge2Work, investment management activities for the Helder Ventures portfolio, financial analysis and modelling for social ventures, and the Executive Director role for 10th Avenue.


Barend van der Vorm

Helder Ventures Managing Director

Barend is the founding director of Helder Ventures which supports and finances social enterprise. He is a member of the Impact Investment Committee at Vancity and serves on the board of S3I, the Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investment at UBC, and as an entrepreneur-in-residence at e@UBC. He chairs the Investment Committee of two private equity impact funds by IFHA which focuses on access to healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously Barend served on the supervisory board of the PharmAccess Foundation and the investment committee of a Dutch technology fund. He also served on the advisory boards of the Erasmus Centre of Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam and the SACD in Monaco. He was the former honorary consul general of the Netherlands in Monaco and served as the founding chairman of the Monaco Venture Capital Association. Since the early nineties Barend has been active in direct investments in early stage companies and has acted as a mentor to a number of founders of start-ups. From 2001 until 2014 he taught the venture capital class in the MBA programs of the International University of Monaco and the EDHEC Business School (Theseus program) in Nice.



Elena Yugai

Helder Ventures Investment Manager  & Director of Advisory Services

For the last 10 years Elena worked with tech and consumer goods companies as a business and growth executive, and most recently as Chief of Staff at a digital media company in hyper growth and a Growth Consultant with a VC-backed Silicon Valley SaaS company. Her expertise includes digital strategy, growth, operational scaling, and consumer research. Elena is also a frequent speaker, workshop facilitator and a community activist. Elena is an Industry Mentor at e@UBC Impact Program, and has been named one of BC’s Most Influential Women in Tech - STEM Stars 2018 by BC Magazine for her work advocating for and supporting women in technology.