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Scaling Impact for Social Investors


Join an experienced group of European leaders who are developing effective ways to finance impact, ranging from venture philanthropy best practices to innovative social investment mechanisms.

In a structured discussion model, we will share worldviews, develop novel frameworks and discuss cases on how best to finance, support and scale impactful solutions.

3 days to challenge our scaling impact thinking, systematise learnings and strengthen our network.

Scaling impact is the holy grail of venture philanthropy and social investment and, as of today, no organisation has developed a replicable model for successful scaling.

This program brings together experienced venture philanthropists and social investors who come together to share their experiences and learning in a structured way, discussing what works and what doesn’t in scaling impact, at the same time as they network and exchange best practices.

The discussions will be moderated by Filipe Santos, Chaired Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and EVPA Board member, who has supported the scaling of hundreds of social entrepreneurs worldwide in training programs at INSEAD and Católica-Lisbon for over a decade, and who will bring frameworks to challenge the thinking around scaling impact and frame cases and experiences shared by participants.

Interested in getting more insights on how you can scale impactful solutions as a social investor at the same time as you explore the vibrant Lisbon social innovation ecosystem?

Join the EVPA and Católica-Lisbon Executive Training on Scaling Impact for Social Investors. 

Católica-Lisbon is a Top 20 Business School in Europe in Executive Education.

Register here.

Knowledge Content

The program is designed to give experienced social investors a deep understanding of the Life Cycle of Social Innovation, from start-up to scale, as well as understand the different business models of social entrepreneurs and how they affect the approaches to scaling. During the programme, participants will:

· Learn about the different scaling stages and the organisational and strategic challenges that social entrepreneurs face at each stage,

· Understand the different pathways to scale, as well as agents and enablers of social innovation;

· Discuss business models for scaling impact and the role of social investors in supporting them;

· Explore blended finance structures and hybrid financing instruments, from venture philanthropy to impact investing;

· Get to know social investment cases from across Europe and network with like-minded social investors sharing best practices;

· Discover the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and social innovation scene of Lisbon and discuss what makes ecosystems for social innovation work.

Who should attend?

This workshop is especially relevant for experienced Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment funders and investors who are considering improving their scaling strategy or interested in getting a better understanding of the scaling challenges. Participants with an active role and responsibilities in building the social investment ecosystem are also welcome.

Participants can range from grant officers, to philanthropy advisors (banking, family offices, etc), investment managers, foundations and NGO staff. 

Register here - the deadline for registration is 05 October 2017. The programme is limited to 30 participants so we recommend an early application to guarantee a seat.

In order to guarantee the interactivity and learning potential of the program, spaces are limited. Each application will be screened by EVPA and Católica-Lisbon, who reserve the ultimate decision on admittance. Particular attention will be paid to the personal and organizational commitment to Venture Philanthropy/Social Investments. Before registering please take notice of EVPA’s cancelation policy.


EVPA and Católica Lisbon will award an executive education joint certificate of the course to participants who successfully complete the programme and attend all sessions.


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 case studies, peer learning, role-plays and effective group work. The EVPA Training Academy is your go-to source for insider views 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.


Católica-Lisbon is in the top 50 of global business schools in executive education in the FT 2017 rankings and has more than 40,000 alumni worldwide. It is a Top 25 business school in Europe and consistently ranked as the #1 in Portugal.

Católica-Lisbon launched in December 2016 a chaired professorship in social entrepreneurship which was awarded to Professor Filipe Santos. The Chair is focusing on the areas of scaling impact and social investment and has already co-developed programs on scaling impact with international partners such as the European Investment Bank (EIB Institute).

Find more information on EVPA and Católica Lisbon.

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

Download the course leaflet here.

Meet the speakers

Filipe Santos

Filipe Santos - Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics, Portugal

Dr. Filipe Santos is Professor and Chair in Social Entrepreneurship at Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics and Visiting Professor at INSEAD.

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