European Venture Philanthropy Association

The 9th EVPA Annual Conference is generously supported by: WISE - Philanthropy Advisors Swiss Philanthropy Foundation

Annual Conference 2013

On 26 and 27 November 2013, EVPA headed to Geneva, Switzerland for its 9th Annual Conference.

Over 500 venture philanthropy and social investment experts and practitioners from Europe and beyond came together to discuss the 2013 principal theme ‘Responsible Leadership: Inspire and Act!’

Exchange on what kind of leadership is required to develop real partnerships with grantees and investees, to create a culture of transparency on objectives and impact, and to  balance  social and financial returns – overall: what leadership is required  in our sector from EVPA and its constituency?

A number of experts on the topic of leadership participated and discussed these questions with 120 speakers throughout 4 plenary and 23 breakout sessions. In addition to this, we were delighted to welcome two inspiring keynote speakers who shared with us their experience in the philanthropic sector:

As importantly, and in line with EVPA’s mission to promote the work of practitioners, the conference also provided delegates with inspiring stories and ideas as well as concrete benchmarking sessions on lessons learned, tools and best practices.

Please click here to read the programme.

We also put a special emphasis on networking opportunities for our participants. In addition to networking lunches and breaks, our online platform allowed them to see who else was coming to Geneva and to connect with other delegates beforehand. This new online community was a remarkable success as the vast majority of the participants activated their profile and used this new tool to build up contacts.

Additionally, several participants of previous EVPA conferences had expressed their desire to find (co-) investments at the conference and asked for more involvement of social purpose organisations. This is why, for the first time ever, EVPA together with a number of member organisations selected 10 European social ventures to present their model during two pitching sessions. Aiming to link investors, philanthropists and social start-ups and thus completed the chain of social venturing and to secure funding for the ideas society really needs, these pitching sessions were well-received and attracted much attention and wide audiences.

Click here for more information on these pitching sessions.C

Download the conference report here

The EVPA Annual Conferences

The EVPA Annual Conference is already for 9 years the leading event in the sector, attracting around 400 delegates annually. It brings together players from a variety of sectors, such as venture philanthropy and social investment funds, foundations, PE/VC firms, donors, advisory firms, banks, academics and some selected social entrepreneurs. Whether you are an experienced VP practitioner or a newcomer to the field, the two-day conference will provide you with the unique opportunity to share tips and tools from the sector, discuss hot topics, and hear from the experiences of other social investors. Find out about past EVPA Annual Conference here.

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Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)
17 rue de Varembé
CH – 1211 Geneva 20

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