Past conferences

Here you can find all information on our past Annual Conferences 2004-2015.

2016 - Paris

On 3 - 4 November 2016 the EVPA team headed to Paris for the 12th edition of its Annual Conference. EVPA Annual Conference offered exceptional opportunities for networking and establishing much-valued connections. Attendees meet with organisations similar to their own and shared challenges and opportunities. The mix of sectors and expertise gave them the opportunity to learn from others, share their own experiences and strategies, and develop a common vision on the future of VP. This year we had 525+ attendees, but who knows next year? 

If you want to see the pictures of the event, please visit the album.

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For those new to the sector we organised our VP crash course, where attendees learned all the basics of VP and social investment.

Participants walked away with a solid understanding of:

  • different investment models within VP and social investment
  • ways to manage and measure societal impact
  • the what and how of an exit strategy
  • best practices in board management and conflict resolution
  • how to provide non-financial support to social purpose organisations (SPOs)

Networking dinner and tour

Networking Tour Annual Conference 2016

While in Paris for the Annual Conference, we also enjoined a dinner which offered a unique chance to connect and exchange information with a small group of Conference participants while enjoying the Paris highlights.

Embarked on the Bretagne, a vessel which combines tradition and modernity, we (re)discovered the full splendour of the river banks and monuments of Paris with an English guide, enjoyed authentic French cuisine and had some great networking opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere.

2015 - Madrid

Ac 2015

On 1-2 December 2015 the EVPA team headed to Madrid for the 11th edition of its Annual Conference. After another great event we would like to thank you for being part of such a wonderful conference experience. There is nothing more powerful than when a community comes together to share ideas, stories, and hope.

We thank all that took out time out of their busy schedules to attend, we thank the speakers for their thoughts, ideas and knowhow, the volunteers and all the partners for their invaluable support in making this event the success it was.

If you want to see the pictures of the event, please visit the album.

Ryan Little, Project Manager, BMW Foundation. EVPA15 Conference committee

"This was one of those rare conferences where decision-makers come together, new partnerships are created, deals are made, and there is a strong bias towards doing. Of course the sessions were packed with content, but it was the deafening roar of the hundreds of simultaneous conversations that were happening during the breaks and receptions and the creative energy you could feel from it that signaled something was really taking hold."

Zoe McDonagh, International Activity, Fondazione CRT. EVPA15 Newcomer

"The conference gave great insight into the world of Venture Philanthropy, social impact investing and social entrepreneurship – the mix of sectors and experience gave everyone the chance to contribute and learn from one another. The best part was the crash course for newcomers which was fundamental and the perfect opportunity to get into the conference “culture”. The EVPA conference has something for everyone, social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, foundations and more – an experience not to be missed."

Cliff Prior, CEO, UnLtd

"EVPA Madrid showed venture philanthropy and social investment at their best: truly purposeful, building on the foundations and taking some big steps forward, with honest reflections about challenges as well as practical solutions from real experience. And as ever, the people made it, with exceptional opportunities for networking and valued connections. Congratulations to the team!"

Darren Ryan, CEO, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

"There is nothing quite like meeting somebody from a similar organisation to your own and discussing shared challenges and opportunities. You can learn more in a 30 minute conversation than reading any articles on Venture Philanthropy. This is the true beauty of the EVPA Conference. While I attend for the great speakers and sessions, the best value comes from those individual conversations with so many European leaders."

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2014 - Berlin

On 17-18 November 2014 the EVPA team headed to Berlin for the 10th edition of its Annual Conference. The event brought together hundreds of venture philanthropy and social investment experts and practitioners from Europe and beyond to discuss this year’s theme: ‘Collaborating for Social Impact: the next 10 years’. The themes covered a range of topics from crowdfunding to impact measurement and from exits or family philanthropy to government regulations.

If you want to see the pictures of the event, please visit the album.

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2013 - Geneva

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!’

Download the Conference report here

2012 - Dublin

The 8th EVPA Annual Conference, which took place in Dublin on 13-14 November 2012, addressed the question “Backing the change-makers in a time of uncertainty: can we do more?” The conclusion was that we can and should do more. As Conference Chair David Gold and EVPA CEO Kurt Peleman remarked in their closing session, we need to learn from each other – also from failures. Innovation is not only about the new but also about doing things better.

The conference gathered around 400 leaders from a variety of sectors, such as VP and social investment funds, PE/VC firms, donors, advisory firms, foundations, banks, academics and some selected social entrepreneurs. It confirmed one of the key distinguishing factors of EVPA: the capacity to attract and gather diverse players to discuss, share and create greater knowledge.

Download the Conference report here

2011 - Turin

The 7th EVPA Annual conference took place in Turin on 16 – 17 November 2011. This year’s conference was titled: “Venture Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Societal Change”. Together we looked at how venture philanthropy is impacting society, and how it can generate even greater impact by:

  • broadening its target sectors from purely social sectors to including sectors such as the environment, culture, medical research and healthcare
  • working together with a wider set of collaborators, including governments, corporations and beyond
  • improving the general efficiency of the philanthropic investment process

2010 - Luxembourg

The 6th EVPA Annual Conference took place in Luxembourg on the 16 – 17 November 2010. It acknowledged that venture philanthropy has come a long way since the first official EVPA conference in London in 2005. The distinction between the nonprofit and the for-profit sector has become blurred with the emergence of social entrepreneurship and the increased demand for transparency and performance measurement to assess the efficiency of nonprofit organisations. Meanwhile, foundations have considered how to change some of their practices in order to better assist the social sector and how to align their investments with their social mission. Venture philanthropy is positioned at the intersection between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. As such, venture philanthropy includes high engagement and a range of financing mechanisms tailored to the needs of the social purpose organisation, be it a nonprofit organisation or a social enterprise.

Download the conference report

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2009 - Amsterdam

The 5th Annual Conference took place on 17 and 18 November 2009 in Amsterdam.

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2008 - Frankfurt

EVPA held its fourth annual conference at the end of September in Frankfurt. More than 330 delegates, drawn from 26 countries, attended. Strikingly, for what was predominantly a European event, some came from as far afield as India, China and Singapore and the US. Participants heard presentations from both VP investors – among them, Paul Baan, founder of the Noaber Group, Andrew Muirhead of Inspiring Scotland and Daniela Barone Soares, CEO of Impetus Trust – and investees and the conference also featured roundtables and breakout sessions on subjects which included performance measurement, scaling up social enterprises, working with government and international organisations, and venture philanthropy and sustainable development.

2007 - Madrid

330 delegates from 30 countries met at IESE Business School, Madrid.

2006 - Paris

270 delegates from 20 countries met in the senate in Paris.

2005 - London

135 delegates from 13 countries met at the Old School, London Embankment. The conference was hosted by JP Morgan.

2004 - Amsterdam

This was the first public European meeting of EVPA hosted by Kempen & Company Private Bank, Amsterdam. There were 70 delegates from 8 countries.


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