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14/09 - 15/09

The Fundamental Course on Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing

Join the course open to anyone eager to acquire the basic tools to practice venture philanthropy and impact investing.

If you are new to the sector, this is the perfect course for you! It is a good start to understand how impact investors, foundations, venture philanthropists, and other social investors can produce a greater impact.

The course includes three phases; (i) online learning through ESADE’s e-learning platform with readings and exercises, (ii) a two day residential course in Barcelona, with leading professors and practitioners from the field, and (iii) a final exercise and evaluation part where you will start consolidating your learning in daily practice.

At the end of the training, participants will walk away with a toolkit to practice venture philanthropy and impact investing.

The Structure of the course

Register here - Deadline for registrations 10 July 2017!

What is it?

The training course "The Fundamental course on venture philanthropy and impact investing" is specifically designed to offer participants who are new to the sector with the fundamental tool-kit to practice venture philanthropy (VP) and impact investing (II). We define impact investing and venture philanthropy as investment approaches that seek a societal impact combined with different degrees of financial return – by investing in social enterprises

The course combines online learning materials with two days of face to face interaction with leading professors and practitioners from the field. The course is co-designed jointly by EVPA and ESADE.

The course is designed to give you:

· An understanding of the concept and practice of Venture Philanthropy (VP) and Impact Investing (II).

· Knowledge of how to develop an impact-centric funding strategy in VP/II.

· An understanding of the entire investment process, including techniques used for due diligence, closing and structuring of deals, monitoring and reporting, governance aspects of a social purpose organisation, how to manage an impactful exit and portfolio management.

· Practical knowledge by experienced VP/II experts and practitioners who will explain and work with participants on the key practices of VP/II, including impact management and non-financial support.

· An opportunity to meet participants from all over Europe, which promises excellent networking.

· Access to ESADE’s e-learning platform, which will include readings, exercises and cases that will be part of the learning offer related to the course.

· The EVPA/ESADE Certificate that you have completed ‘The fundamental course on venture philanthropy and impact investing’. 

Case studies and a focus on day-to-day practice will be at the heart of the training: participants will be provided with ready-to-use strategies, tools & materials.

Who should attend?

The training is designed for practitioners with less than two years of experience. The course targets professionals from foundations, impact investing funds, banks and financial institutions, public administration, NGOs and corporations with an interest in developing an impact-centric funding approach.

Register here - deadline for registrations 10 July 2017!

Training Fees *

The course fee is set at €2,400, and it includes online and in-class materials, lunches and coffee breaks during the program days. The program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. 

€ 2,400
Standard Fee

€ 1,200
EVPA members fee (50% discount).
EVPA Members have priority access to training and pay 50% of non-member fees.

€ 1,920
ESADE Alumni fee (20% discount)

€ 1,920
All participant fee, Early Bird fee until 23rd of June (20% discount)

In order to guarantee the interactivity and learning potential of the workshop, spaces are limited. Each application will be screened by EVPA and ESADE that reserve the ultimate decision on admittance. Particular attention will be paid to the personal and the organization’s commitment to Venture Philanthropy/Impact Investment.

* Discounts cannot be combined.


EVPA and ESADE will award an executive education joint certificate of the course “The fundamental course on venture philanthropy and impact investing” to the participants who have successfully completed the program and the assignments.


EVPA offers its members with strapped resources a limited number of scholarships covering the travel costs and the fee for this course.

Scholarship applications for the 2017 fundamental course on venture philanthropy and impact investing are now open!

To check the requirements and apply for the scholarship, please follow the instructions in the Registration form.

More information on scholarships are available here and the scholarship committee here.

Deadline for scholarship applications: 30 of June 2017.

Cancellation and rescheduling

If you registered for the training, but are no longer able to attend, please read the cancellation and rescheduling policy before getting in touch.

The organisers reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not reach the minimum number of 16 participants.


EVPA brings together a diverse community with a common interest in venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI) across Europe.

EVPA learning events are based on active learning, with up-to-date, real-life case studies, role-plays and effective group work. The EVPA Training Academy is your go-to source for insider stories about what works, what we already know, what can be put into practice and what still requires further exploring. The Training activities are designed with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of VP/SI practitioners and the resources dedicated to VP/SI in Europe.

ESADE Business School

ESADE, one of the world’s top business schools with 60,000 alumni around the world, has been recognized since 1958 for its academic excellence, international outlook and its focus on the development of personal and professional competencies. As a platform for business education, innovation and dialogue, it permanently quests for new solutions in CSR, knowledge management and entrepreneurship.

This executive course is part of ESADE's newly launched Impact Investing and Venture Philanthropy Initiative.

Find more information on EVPA and ESADE.

Should you have further inquiries, please send an email to trainingacademy@evpa.eu.com

The course is taught by an expert team of industry professionals and seasoned academics. They will share their know-how and use active learning, real-life case studies, role-plays, effective group work to offer you an enriching learning experience.

Download the course leaflet here.

Meet the speakers

Lisa Hehenberger

Lisa Hehenberger - ESADE, Spain

Dr. Lisa Hehenberger is a lecturer in Strategy and General Management at ESADE. She is a renowned expert on venture philanthropy and social impact investment. 

Jenny North

Jenny North - Impetus-The Private Equity Foundation, United Kingdom

In her role as Director of Policy and Strategy at Impetus-PEF, Jenny leads on taking what Impetus-PEF is learning to a wider audience – to other charities, funders, commissioners, and national government.

Event prices

  • Course Fee € 2400
  • 50% discount for EVPA members € 1200
  • 20% discount for ESADE Alumni € 1920
  • 20% discount for all participants registering before 23rd of June € 1920

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