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Scaling Impact for Social Investors


Interested in developing deep insights into how to help scale impactful solutions as a social investor? Are you wondering how to understand the practical challenges of the different scaling strategies as scale-deep, scale-up, scale-out, network models, open source platforms and system change? 

Join this unique leadership course designed for senior investors and impact leaders interested in developing effective ways to scale impact by using different strategies, according to different business and financial models. 

2 days to challenge your scaling impact thinking, systematise new strategies and strengthen your network.

In a structured discussion model based on peer learning and pratical workshops we will share challenges and successes and develop frameworks on how best to finance, support and scale impactful solutions at different levels of the pyramid of scaling.

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.

Are you a social investor, a philanthropist, a corporate foundations leader or a policy maker interested in developing frameworks for scaling impact?

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

100% of last year’s participants would recommend the course. They rated their overall learning experience as 9.1 out of 10.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about the different stages of the social enterprise lifecycle and the 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 and financial models for scaling impact and the role of social investors in supporting them;
  • Explore hybrid financing mechanisms that combine venture philanthropy and impact investing approaches;
  • Get to know scaling examples from across Europe and finetune scaling frameworks;
  • Network with like-minded impact leaders and share best practices and insights on scaling;
  • Visit Impact Hub Lisbon to discover the local social innovation ecosystem.

Who should attend?

This program, is especially relevant for leaders in the venture philanthopy and social investment space. The program also targets participants with active roles and responsibilities in building the social investment ecosystem, such as policy makers, network leaders, accelerator and incubator managers, and corporate foundations leaders.

Please download the course leaflet here to know what participants from the previous edition think about this learning experience.


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.

Registration and Deadlines

  • Registrations deadline: 07/10/2018. You can register here after reading carefully our cancellation policy. Places are limited, so be sure to book your place as soon as possible. 
  • Scholarships deadline: 14/09/2018. Some scholarships are available ONLY for EVPA members who cannot afford the course fee. Please find here all the information on how to apply.

Don’t forget that EVPA members have priority access to trainings and pay 50% of regular fees.

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

Find more information on EVPA and Católica Lisbon.

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.

Event prices

  • EVPA members € 950
  • Regular fee (non-members) € 1900
  • Special price for social investors active in the Portuguese ecosystem provided that they register before 14 September and they are approved by Católica-Lisbon - 20% discount € 1520
  • Register now

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