Methodology & Definitions

We are the open impact investing database to track startups and funding in solutions to big health and social problems. Our mission is to help you discover innovative impact startups, connect with the changemakers behind them, and find impact investors.

How we collect our data?

We have combined our industry expertise with robust verification processes and global networks, to collect data from multiple channels, such as our contributors, company sell-reported information and publicly available sources.

What is an impact startup?

For the AssistBuzz database, we focus on early stage health startups that are using technologies or innovative solutions to address the UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 challenges and its underlying targets. Using this framework, we have complied a list of over 2,000 companies around the world.

How do we classify health startups?

First, a wide range of health startups was clustered into 3 main categories, and 15 sub-categories based on specific similarities, product & service types, and globally recognized benchmarks. Then, we reviewed each startup’s publicly disclosed information, including company vision & mission statements, target customer base and business models to determine the startup taxonomy.

Our classification criteria are intuitive & comprehensive, but we are aware of the limitations of the above-mentioned framework. In fact, the healthcare impact space is highly complex, and it will be an ongoing process to strengthen our methodology and database. So, this current taxonomy is subject to change in the future.

What is an impact investor?

Here, we focus on impact investors in private markets, particularly investing in early-stage companies focusing on solutions to big health and social problems.

In our database, we listed both purely mission-driven impact investors and non-impact ones that commit capital to private market impact investments and/or healthcare delivery companies that contribute to achieving SDG#3.