In the run-up to the EVPA conference in Luxembourg, we would like to invite you to a series of pre-conferences designed to introduce the concepts of impact financing and venture philanthropy. All conferences will be held at Banque de Luxembourg auditorium.
15 September 2010 at 6.30pm
An introduction to Venture Philanthropy
Speakers: Beate Trück, Managing Director, European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)
Pejman Altafi, Managing Director, Voxtra,
Olivier de Guerre, CEO of Phitrust.
The aim of venture philanthropists is to bring the benefit of their expertise and knowledge from the world of business and finance to the world of philanthropy. Beate Trück will show how venture philanthropists are investing much more than money and using financing techniques - from simple donations to increasingly sophisticated financing vehicles that may or may not offer financial return - into making a significant impact on the ground.
5 October 2010 at 12.15pm
An introduction to Impact Financing: Microfinance & Venture Capital investing in Social Enterprises
Speaker: Mirjam Farnum, Head Relationship Manager responsAbility Microfinance & Venture Capital investing in Social Enterprises
Impact financing allows investors to achieve two goals - that of financial return and making a significant social or environmental impact. This conference will give participants an opportunity to see how investment vehicles (microfinance, venture capital in social enterprises, loans and guarantees - used on their own or in conjunction with each other) can contribute to generating measurable impact. From this point of view, impact financing is a boon for projects at grass roots level. It gets to the heart of problems, gives beneficiaries autonomy and often results in models that can be replicated on a large scale.
20 October 2010 at 6.30pm
Speaker: Uli Grabenwarter Lecturer and Researcher on Impact Investment at the IESE University in Barcelona; former Head of Equity Fund Investments at the European Investment Fund
At a time when investors, professionals and beneficiaries are coming round to the idea of sustainability, very few are actually measuring the social impact made by investments or a particular activity. Yet quantifying the knock-on effect and putting a value on the overall wealth created is at the heart of the definition of this new approach to investing, which is a way of communicating about the performance of an investment other than in terms of financial return. Uli Grabenwarter will discuss how measuring social impact has become a key for accessing new sources of financing in the area of sustainable investment.
Auditorium at Banque de Luxembourg
14, Boulevard Royal – Luxembourg
(Please note that the bank's car park will not be accessible for the conference on 5 October at 12.15pm)