Integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion considerations into your investment portfolio involves capital commitments to funds with diverse leadership and ownership. We have developed a framework which aims to create positive social change and help achieve compelling returns at the same time. We go beyond simply providing capital by mentoring managers as well.


What's driving DEI investments1


  • 29.4% of women-owned private equity firms are top quartile performers
  • 34.1% of minority-owned private equity firms are top quartile performers
  • Companies with higher-than-average diversity had 19% higher innovation revenues*
  • Companies in the top quartile for racial/ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to surpass peers, while those in the same bracket for gender diversity are 15% more likely to do the same

Potential benefits of DEI investment strategies

Women-owned private equity firms are 25% more likely to outperform

Minority-owned private equity firms are 36% more likely to outperform

Leap helps build a more diverse investment community

Leap can increase capital for diverse entrepreneurs

  • Define what diversity means to you

    Define what diversity means to you



    Diversity means different things to different investors so the first step is to define what it means to you. For example, some clients are looking for “double-impact”, while others are focused on opportunities with diverse pool of key decisions makers and business.


    DEI investing allows you to diversify your portfolios while enhancing your existing wider ESG and sustainability offering.

  • Assess the opportunity and put a plan in place

    Assess the opportunity and put a plan in place



    As investment in DEI grows, so too does the investable universe, creating compelling long-term investment opportunities and new sources of performance. You need to understand what this opportunity means to you, how it can align with your strategy and put a plan in place to achieve it.

  • Implement your plan to increase

    Implement your plan to increase



    Source and allocate managers who are positioned for real change – diversity and impact. Implement a governance framework - monitor movements and make amends.

We have been helping clients integrate DEI for many years. Talk to us to see how we could help you.

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1 The Knight Foundation. As of January 2019 | Ownership defined as 50% of equity or more; minorities defined as Hispanic, Black, Asian and Native American.


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