April 27, 2018

15 impact funds showcased their work during Invest for Impact matchmaking event

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and Center for Private Wealth and Sustainable Finance brought together 15 established impact funds with 25 family offices and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. They explored potential partnerships during the first edition of the “Invest for Impact” matchmaking day, held in Zurich, Switzerland on 24 April 2018.

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Funds from 8 countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, the UK, Switzerland, USA, and The Netherlands) attended the Invest for Impact matchmaking event in Zurich, Switzerland. Their impact investments focus on different geographies and multiple sectors such as education, health, agriculture, independent media, with investments ranging from 100k to 50 mil EUR. The funds showcased their work to 25 potential impact investors and they also had the opportunity to share their experience on a variety of topics such as impact management, balancing between social and financial return and building strong portfolios.

Invest for Impact kicked-off with a keynote from Fabio Segura, Head of International Programs within Jacobs Foundation, touching on how a social investment approach can build a future for young people so that they become socially responsible and productive members of society. The event was moderated by Dr. Julia Balandina Jaquier, seasoned impact investor and advisor to some of the largest high-net-worth families, international banks, and governments, and Temple Fennell, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Clean Energy Venture Fund.

The following funds have joined the first edition of Invest for Impact:

  • Ananda Ventures (Germany) invests into impact companies where the impact is inherently built into the business model. They help companies scale by giving them capital and entrepreneurial support
  • BlueOrchard (Switzerland) provides investors with the opportunity to generate a threefold return: financial returns alongside social and environmental impact.
  • BonVenture (Germany) invests with the current fund BV III in companies with a social, ecological or societal purpose.
  • Capital4Development (The Netherlands) invest in growing and inclusive SMEs in Asia, which have a clear social impact on the livelihoods of marginalised communities.
  • EspeRare Foundation (Switzerland) is fast-forwarding the development of treatments for children with rare diseases  with a business model that combines big data technology, pharmaceutical expertise and a philanthropic venture approach.
  • The Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship – FASE (Germany) supports social enterprises in raising hybrid growth capital.
  • The Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund (The Netherlands) invests in innovative, early-stage companies that support a better, more sustainable food systems  and farming communities in Southern Africa.
  • Kampani (The Netherlands) is a social impact investment fund that unlocks the potential of entrepreneurial farming in the South. 
  • Media Development Investment Fund (USA) invests in independent media around the world, providing the news, information and debates that people need to build free, thriving societies.
  • The MSLF Fund is a Portugal-based VC impact fund, built through a partnership between two organisations: Mustard Seed (UK) and Maze (PT).
  • Oltre Venture (Italy) uses a Venture Capital operating model, channeling their economic resources towards the most innovative and efficient projects.
  • Purpose Ventures (Switzerland) makes evergreen investments in steward-owned companies.
  • ResponsAbility (Switzerland) is the main sponsors of a fund dedicated to accessing clean energy in underserved emerging markets.
  • SI2Fund (Belgium) is a European impact investment fund focusing on scaling up innovative social businesses.
  • Though their Education &Employment Fund, Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (Switzerland) aims at supporting the access to training and employment for underprivileged youth worldwide.

Please find here more details about the funds and here a selection of pictures from the event.

“Though our research we have seen that the budgets of impact funders have remained stable compared to the previous years, but they are still facing the challenge of raising funds. At EVPA, we want to bring more resources into the space and support our members, creating the impact they aim for. This is where invest for impact comes in; our goal is to build bridges between those creating social impact and those who are financially willing and able to contribute”, says Martin Vogelsang, EVPA Country Representative DACH region and Programme Leader Invest for Impact

EVPA has been the network that has shaped our thinking around impact investing and increased our knowledge on financing impact. This event was a first step to get more people interested in contributing to creaing social impact., mentioned Erwin Stahl, Managing Director, BonVenture Management GmbH

The event was organised with the support of King Baudouin Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

Contact for more info

Ioana Traista , Communications and Partnerships Manager

Dr. Martin Vogelsang , Coordinator, German National Advisory Board for Impact Investing

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