Keys to understanding the language of social venture capital


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Social venture capital, a form of venture capital investing, provides capital to businesses deemed socially and environmentally responsible. These investments are intended to both provide financial return to investors and to provide market-based solutions to social and environmental issues.

While many SVC funds have a largely non-profit, socially oriented focus, many put weight on exit strategy, financial Return on Investment (ROI) and Social Return on Investment (SROI), which includes conducting greater due diligence into investments and supporting capacity building or technical training for portfolio company management.

This opens up a new, informed, and passionate world of investing that strategically moves more capital to good. But this logic and the social venture capital language is still rather unknown to many promising high-impact social enterprises and entrepreneurs that still lack the tools and guidance they need to succeed.

This one hour Webinar will bring leading experts together in an effort to translate the complexity of social venture capital conceptual frameworks and language and explore opportunities for the development of this emerging sector and for bridging the gap between investors and entrepreneurs for more effective collaboration.


uli grabenwaterUli Grabenwarter is Head of Strategic Development-Equity at the European Investment Fund, and in this context is currently building up a new business line dedicated to Social and Impact Investing. He also is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University and teaches the module on Alternative Investments for the Post Graduate Programme of Sacred Heart University. Prior to his research project on impact investing Uli was Head of Equity Fund Investments at EIF after having worked for several years at the European Investment Bank and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in corporate finance, project finance, finance consulting and auditing. He shared many of his thoughts and observations on the private equity and venture capital industry in the bestselling Euromoney book “Exposed to the J-curve – Understanding and Managing Private Equity Fund Investments” and numerous articles and white papers and co-authored the recent research publication “In search of gamma – an unconventional perspective on Impact Investing” (IESE Publishing 2011). Uli holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance from the University of Graz.

olivier de guerreOlivier de Guerre began his career in 1981 with the Indosuez Group. He became the co-founder and partner of Finance Indosuez Technique and the Cristal Group, both specialising in asset management. He then went on to become managing director of Credit Suisse Asset Management. He is the Chariman-CEO of the Sicav Proxy Active Investors, the first of its kind in France to be dedicated to the initiative, and joint manager of FCP Euro Active Investors. He is also the Chairman of PhiTrust Partenaires and PhiTrust Impact Investors. He studied at ESSEC and the University of Nanterre.


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