Posts con el tag ‘impact investing’

La financiación de empresas sociales

Guillermo Casasnovas (@gcasasnovas), DPhil Candidate en Saïd Business School (University of Oxford).

Como para la mayoría de las organizaciones, la financiación es un tema importante para las empresas sociales. Con el fin de desarrollar su actividad productiva, éstas pueden necesitar capital para el crecimiento, financiación de circulante, pólizas de crédito o inversión en equity, además de formas de financiación que se han desarrollado en los últimos años como el crowdfunding, préstamos participativos o incluso los llamados bonos de impacto social. Algunas de estas herramientas son similares a las que tienen acceso empresas tradicionales (financiación de circulante o pólizas de crédito), pero otras tienen unas singularidades para las empresas sociales que es interesante resaltar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Impact Investing: you can have the cake and eat it

Nicolas Hazard (@NicolasHazard) is the Chairman of Le Comptoir de l’Innovation and Vice-Chairman of Groupe SOS. 

Dear social entrepreneurs don’t think that there is no money out there… Actually, there is plenty! In France, the public investment bank is setting up a €500 million funds for social enterprises. In Europe, €90 million will be invested in social business through the European Investment Fund. In Seoul, Mayor Park Won Soon made social entrepreneurship one of his main goals and invested €100 million on it. In the UK, Sir Ronald Cohen created the Big Society Capital with dormant bank accounts. As you can see money is flowing here and there. But, if you want to get this money, you will have to investigate first. You need to know who you are talking to. In the end, three different profiles of impact investors emerge: Read the rest of this entry »

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Social impact investing – can Banks do more?

Lisa Hehenberger, Research and Policy Director of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (@_EVPA_)

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) has just launched a new publication: Social Impact Strategies for Banks- Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment. We embarked on this research project for several reasons. The impact investing debate has picked up significantly in the past few years with a strong push coming from the United States and from financial investors who are incorporating a social angle in their work. We applaud this increased interest in generating social impact! However, we detected a gap in both the knowledge and awareness of social impact strategies pursued by European-based banks.  We are pleased to have identified both impressive and exciting venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI) initiatives developed by European banks. These initiatives can serve as practical examples that can help other banks implement social impact strategies. We want more banks to invest more human and financial capital for social good – the report helps them do just that!

We are not naïve – we realise that banks have obligations towards their shareholders to make money. Core banking activities such as lending and offering savings and pension plans are clearly instrumental to keeping our economies strong and prosperous. But in the aftermath of the financial crisis, we ask ourselves: Can banks do more? Read the rest of this entry »

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Livestream available during the 7th Annual Conference

  • Tomorrow 1st of April, from 9,15 am to 5 pm, we will broadcast live the event in our website. We encourage everyone to participate in Twitter using the hashtag #ESADEsocial
  • The conference aims to foster the flow of knowledge and the sharing of experiences in entrepreneurship and social innovation

As you might already know, this year’s Annual Conference is focused on the role played by intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs as drivers of innovation and social impact. Under the theme of «Organisations with a Social Impact: Fostering Intrapreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship», the event set to take place tomorrow in Barcelona, will feature several international experts who have experienced social intrapreneurship at their companies. These experts will discuss the leadership processes that they have used to challenge the status quo and build a better future.

According to the keynote speaker Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, this event reflects «a massive worldwide movement that seeks to radically transform our market-based, consumerist societies. The current system – which enriches a few at the expense of the multitude and drains the planet’s precious resources – is in dire need of an overhaul. The model of the future will need to blend social innovation with financial sustainability.»   Read the rest of this entry »

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