EBAN Impact News

  • How to Mainstream Impact Investing in Europe

    A detailed report written by Lisa Hehenberger for Stanford Social Innovation Review analyzing what investors and policy makers who want to advance impact investing in Europe need to account for. Impact investing has taken a foothold in Europe most notably during the past decade, but some countries and regions have developed more rapidly and earlier

    August 13, 2020

         1ST ANNUAL EUROPEAN IMPACT INVESTING SURVEY 2020 #EIIS2020   EBAN (The European Business Angels Network), through the EBAN Impact Investing Committee, is now inviting Investors to participate in the 1st Annual European Impact Investing Survey 2020 #EIIS2020. The report generated by this survey will provide critical insights to European impact investing activity, investment opportunities, impact

    April 8, 2020
  • Global Impact Investing Network’s 2019 Annual Impact Investor Survey

    The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) published the ninth edition of its Annual Impact Investor Survey. Comprising data and insights from 266 of the world’s leading impact investors, the report provides in-depth analysis of market activity and trends, covering topics such as: industry challenges; impact measurement and management; financial and impact performance; indicators of market growth; and capital allocations

    June 19, 2019
  • The State of Nordic Impact Startups

    Danske Bank has published The State of Nordic Impact Startup a report on The Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) that are set by the United Nations and adopted by 193 nations – including the Nordic countries. The SDGs represent a wide range of market needs, from energy solutions to food production and medical services. Danske Bank has identified 647 Impact Startups

    May 27, 2019
  • Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World

    Do you want to change the world? Do you want to know how to start? Nowadays, the world needs responsible leaders to solve problems that matter. It is up to us to come up with sustainable solutions to shape a better world. Become an entrepreneur and be part of the change! This six-week course will lead

    June 20, 2018
  • A guide to Sustainable Development Goals Interactions

    The International Council for Science has published a report that explores the nature of interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It is based on the premise that a science-informed analysis of interactions across SDG domains can support more coherent and effective decision-making, and better facilitate follow-up and monitoring of progress. The fundamental underlying principle vertebrating the research

    January 12, 2018
  • Lasting impact: The need for Responsible Exits

    The Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN) has recently published a new report, Lasting Impact: The Need for Responsible Exits, which reveals insights into how impact investors enable the organizations and projects they finance to expand and deepen their impact beyond the duration of their investment. The report describes a variety of approaches taken by investors—to select,

    January 12, 2018
  • Impact Accelerator 2017

    Building an Impact-Driven Investment Portfolio CDC Group is the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) and wholly owned by the UK Government. Founded in 1948, it is the world’s oldest DFI. Its mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in

    August 25, 2017
  • Luxembourg Showcasing the Potential of its Social Impact Stories

    This article was first published at Luxemburger Wort. Photo: Luxemburger Wort Luxembourg has become a growing hub for social business and on Tuesday night at the Tramsschapp it was all about showcasing the diversity and potential of impact initiatives available in the Grand Duchy. The event was hosted by the Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund (LMDF)

    July 20, 2017
  • Creating Hundreds of Resilient Cities by Rethinking Infrastructure for the 21st Century

    Cities will house 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050 and require urban infrastructure investment of at least $3.7 trillion per year. The only way to meet the challenges of soaring population growth and climate change is to build infrastructure that meets both social and environmental needs. “We must design and implement strategies that

    May 24, 2017
  • The Startup That Will Change the Way China Feeds Its Cities

    Beijing-based startup Alesca Life is democratizing access to fresh food by creating solutions that enable anyone anywhere to grow the safest, healthiest, and freshest produce in the most efficient way possible. Their automated indoor food production system is currently growing nutrient-dense produce using no pesticides, no soil, no sunlight, 20-25 times less water, fertilizer, and land compared to traditional farming practices.

    May 22, 2017
  • Impact Investing in Victorian England? The Case of Model Dwellings Companies

    At an academic conference last year on the history of political and social legitimacy of business, Open University Professor Janette Rutterford noted that among the investors she had been researching, “a number were making ‘philanthropic investments.’” She went on to describe a way to invest in the development of social housing—that is, to make a financial

    May 19, 2017
  • This Company’s Unique Technology Will Help Millions Make Safer Food Choices

    Vitargent believes that every person should have the information they need to make informed decisions about the products they purchase and consume. Their technology is not only enabling more widespread access to information, but it’s also pioneering the field of safety testing technology using medaka and zebrafish embryos – making animal testing a thing of the

    May 18, 2017
  • Scaling Up Social Economy Enterprises In South East Europe

    Scaling up social economy enterprises in South East Europe was an inspiring two days conference organized in April by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in cooperation with the European Commission and partner countries and organizations. The aim of the conference was to build the cooperation platform for development of the social economy in

    May 17, 2017
  • Small Farmers are the Future of Global Food Security

    Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. This community of farmers sit at a critical nexus between survival and global opportunity. With 500 million farm holdings in

    April 26, 2017
  • Oil-rich Nigeria Moves to Boost Renewables to 30 Percent by 2030

    From Norway to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, big oil producers are becoming big backers of renewable-energy. Now, Nigeria has signed two agreements with solar developers to guarantee the payment risks for 50-megawatt and 70-megawatt solar farms. The oil and gas sector makes up 35 percent of Nigeria’s GDP and 90 percent of its exports. But unlike

    April 20, 2017
  • How One Entrepreneur Turned a Lack of Funds Into a Competitive Advantage

    Semtive has created the world’s most innovative wind turbine: a cost-effective, compact, and extremely quiet device called the NEMOI, which can generate power for anyone, anywhere. The NEMOI is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and is guaranteed to produce power in the slightest breeze, yet it keeps working even in hurricane speed winds. In this Fireside Chat, Semtive

    April 18, 2017
  • How Impact Investing Links Big Business and Small Farming

    This story has been adapted from the Ecosystem Marketplace Series “Of Milk and Money” Bernard Giraud spent the late 1990s encouraging Americans to invest in French companies as regional head of an organization called the Invest in France Agency. Today he’s encouraging large corporations to invest in smallholder farms across Africa, Asia, and Latin America as

    April 17, 2017
  • Social Innovation Forum 2017

    A Social Innovation Forum 2017 was organized in Belgrade on the 6th April 2017 by the Smart Kolektiv, EBRD and NESst. The forum gathered different stakeholders from the Region of Western Balkans, Croatia and Slovenia with the main purpose that the results of the mapping study of social enterprise ecosystems in Croatia and Western Balkans are

    April 13, 2017
  • Positive Impact Finance Stands on Principles

    A crowd waits for a Bank of Africa branch to open in Madagascar, Oct 1, 2014 (Photo by Bruce Thomson) Creative Commons license via Flickr By Sunny Lewis PARIS, France, February 21, 2017 (Maximpact.com News) – Nineteen global banks and investors, worth a total of US$6.6 trillion in assets, have agreed on a set of standards

    March 27, 2017
  • Video Games Might Be the Answer to Mexico’s Education System

    Today, Mexico ranks last in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for educational attainment. Recent policy improvements in the country now require mandatory full-time education for all children aged 4-15. However, Mexicans still spend the least amount of years in school relative to other OECD countries. The quality of that time is another story. According to

    March 20, 2017
  • The Best Countries to be a Social Entrepreneur 2016

    Social entrepreneurs using businesses to help tackle social problems are emerging across the globe but there is little data to see which countries are encouraging this growing sector. To fill this gap, the Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network to conduct the world’s first experts’ poll

    March 12, 2017
  • The Best Countries to be a Social Entrepreneur 2016

    Social entrepreneurs using businesses to help tackle social problems are emerging across the globe but there is little data to see which countries are encouraging this growing sector. To fill this gap, the Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network to conduct the world’s first experts’ poll

    March 12, 2017
  • A Big Step: How One Foundation Overcame Doubts and Moved Forward with Impact Investing

    For very good reasons, more foundation leaders are taking steps to align their investments with their missions. It makes sense, especially for justice or environment funders concerned that the great majority of their institutions’ wealth is locked up and not helping, and possibly even inhibiting, their programs. After all, why would you be hyper-vigilant about

    March 2, 2017
  • Social Impact Investing Is Attracting New Funds As Well As New Startup Ideas

    Jessica Droste Yagan, Chief Executive Officer of Impact Engine. Photo by Andrew Collings If you’re looking for a respite from the daily parade of rancorous headlines and doomsday predictions, might I suggest dipping a toe in the world of social impact investing. I said “yes” to an invite to Impact Engine’s annual showcase the other

    February 27, 2017
  • Getting Real About How to Solve the Problems That Matter

    Article by Cheryl Heller. If we learned anything from the 2016 election (and I’m not yet sure we have), it’s that every single one of us is capable of believing only the version of truth we want to hear, and tuning out the views that threaten ours. Reality is suddenly an opinion, not a fact, and the

    February 21, 2017
  • Impact Sourcing: Transformational Change through Public-Private Cooperation

    As Davos is underway, and we gather to discuss what is meant by “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”, we reflect on what our respective organizations are doing on action-oriented solutions. The Davos platform is an opportunity to challenge each other and our own institutions on how we might be able to maximize impact for the coming year. What

    February 17, 2017
  • This Entrepreneur’s Obsession With Waste Could Fuel Clean Energy

    Article by Brittany Lane. Uwe Rolli was destined to work with waste. As a child growing up in Germany, he would routinely investigate the trash his mother took out and to her dismay, he would bring it back inside to play. As early as the late 1970s, Rolli started working in recycling with the German government, cleaning

    February 13, 2017
  • Making the Girl Effect Real For Millions of Women

    In 2014, Daniel Epstein, founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Group, sent me a message on Facebook to inform me that Zoona had been selected for the inaugural Girl Effect Accelerator. I was not familiar with the work of Unreasonable and had never heard of the Girl Effect. Zoona is a money transfer and payments startup in Zambia, so

    February 11, 2017
  • The First EIF Impact Event

    On 10 October the European Investment Fund held the first Impact Event in Luxembourg. The EIF material presented during the event regarding fundraising and impact measurement can be downloaded here: EIF 2016 Impact Event – Requirements and SIA – Introduction to Impact Metrics Additionally, information on 3 new tools under the EFSI Social Impact window can be viewed

    October 19, 2016
  • EIIC at Amsterdam Capital Week

    On 28 September, EBAN Board Member and Impact Committee Chair, Hedda Pahlson-Moller (pictured in the middle), together with  Cécile Sevrain, Operational Manager at EIIC spoke during Amsterdam Capital Week at the Capital Impact event. The talk and panel discussion also included Anneke Sipkens (Doen), Warner Philips (Social Impact Ventures NL), Maarten de Jong (Oneplanetcrowd) and Stefan Lohuis

    October 7, 2016
  • 10 Social & Environmental Innovation Trends from Europe Tomorrow

    For a year and through 20 countries, Europe Tomorrow team met the most inspiring social and environmental innovations of Europe. Here are the trends and the key insights of this social phenomenon. A book will be published by the end of 2016. It will be a restitution of the findings and a tool for advocacy

    October 6, 2016
  • Are you investor ready? Or: Why we need better education in impact investing – and how to go about it

    “There’s a real hunger to understand impact investing. Everyone’s talking about it, saying, “I have to go speak to my boss about it and don’t know what to say”, David Banks, the head of ImpactAlpha was quoted in a recent study on impact investing education in the US and globally conducted by the Beeck Centre for Social

    September 28, 2016
  • Wharton Research Shows “Doing Well While Doing Good” Is Viable Investment Strategy, Investors Seeking Social Impact Can Receive Comparable Returns

    Findings suggest that – in certain market segments – investors might not need to expect lower returns as a tradeoff for impact PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced on 7 October 2015 the release of a new report, “Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investments.” The

    September 27, 2016
  • Off-Grid Clean Energy Services Will Be Worth $12 Billion by 2030

    On 18 June 2014, the Sierra Club released a report – Clean Energy Services For All (CES4All) — analyzing the future growth of the booming global off-grid solar market. According to CES4All, catalyzing the off-grid clean energy markets can help provide energy access for the 1.3 billion people around the world currently living without electricity while simultaneously creating a

    September 26, 2016
  • Confronting the 4 Myths of Impact Investing

    It is no secret, I’m a firm believer that impact investing is a movement that is taking off and here to stay. In the U.S. and around the world we’ve seen segments of the market start to move from informed, to educated, to activated. We’ve seen private capital unleashed with a focus on impact across sectors,

    August 23, 2016
  • 4 Steps To Making A Difference In Impact Investment

    Over the last half decade in the trenches of impact investing, I have collected a few lessons learned: the opportunities, what’s going well, and what needs improvement. What I have learned is that marginal impact is better than not doing anything at all. We can’t underestimate the cost of inaction given the size and immediacy of

    August 23, 2016
  • Sir Ronald Cohen: A Revolution in Financial Markets as Impact Joins Risk and Return

    Merida, Mexico — On his trip to Mexico last week, the Pope called for a more ethical capitalism. “The flow of capital cannot decide the flow and life of people,” he said during a packed mass in the border town of Juarez. A few thousand miles southeast, here in Merida, hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and social justice advocates

    February 29, 2016
  • Societal Issues are Bound to Stay in the Impact Investing Space

    Interview to Uli Grabenwarter, Strategic Adviser of Stone Soup Consulting and Deputy Director – Equity Investments at the European Investment Fund. By Pilar Balet. Posted on February 23rd 2016 1. How do you see the social enterprises sector evolving not just in Europe, but the world? The social enterprises sector has come a long way

    February 29, 2016
  • Shifting Investment Priorities of High Net Worth Individuals

    The lackluster performance of major markets and the depressing outlook in the Eurozone and North America have made high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and their families rethink their investment strategies and priorities. To counter the dip in traditional investment performance, those managing assets for HNWIs have looked to diversify their assets.  As a result, there

    February 24, 2016
  • 7 Things We’ve Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years

    Judith Rodin President, The Rockefeller Foundation Margot Brandenburg Former Senior Associate Director Today, our new e-book hit the digital shelves, “The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good.” This e-book has been in the making since 2007, when the term “impact investing” was first coined at a convening hosted by

    February 17, 2016
  • Crowdfunding Our Natural Resources: A Way to Ethical Mining? #crowdfundmining

    Natural resources, which include minerals, metals, oil or gas, occupy a central role in our everyday life. Minerals are essential to our economic development. The minerals, particularly the metals, have specific properties such as high strength, durability, conductor of heat and electricity and aesthetic appeal that endear them to the industries, and us. Figure 1,

    February 17, 2016
  • South African Entrepreneurs Map out Coworking Space for Refugees

    Coworking is often considered to be a conduit to address various needs faced by communities, whether that be the lack of affordable infrastructure, community and support. For today’s freelancers, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers, coworking spaces have been a godsend, helping individuals to avoid isolation and find success in their professional lives. Yet, aside from the

    February 2, 2016
  • Who Dares to be the next Ben and Jerry’s or Fundrise to Raise up to $50 Million through Regulation A+?

    By David Drake All startups need capital to innovate, launch, scale and grow. For companies seeking additional financing for their working capital or to expand its operations but do not yet want to risk an IPO, using the newly approved Regulation A+ is a possible alternative.   Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. (BJICA) is one firm

    January 29, 2016
  • The 6 Waves to Watch in the World of Crowdfunding

    by David Drake One of the outcomes of the 2008 global financial crisis was the “funding gap”. Banks were less willing to provide #loans and #investors moved #capital into more stable platforms. In general, the market tolerated less risk. In this new environment, raising capital became the greatest challenge for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). They needed new platforms. Enter #crowdfunding. While

    January 28, 2016
  • Press Release: Fresh Food Solution for Refugees Receives Funding from Dutch Impact investor

    Bolstering the container-farming industry both locally and internationally, Hivos Food and Lifestyle Fund, based in the Hague, the Netherlands invested EUR 500,000.00 in a closed investment round in Cape Town-based container-farm construction business AgriLED. AgriLED manufactures and supplies container farms to smallholder farms, refugee camps and disaster agencies. It also makes market-leading full-spectrum LED Grow

    January 18, 2016
  • Omidyar Network Report: We’re At A Tipping Point For Impact Investing

    By Devin Thorpe Omidyar Network, an impact investing pioneer, recently published a new report entitled “Frontier Capital” on impact investing. Given the attention that has been paid to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which parallels the structure of the Omidyar Network in some respects–critically allowing for both impact investing and traditional philanthropy–I’ve taken time with Paula Goldman, a

    December 18, 2015
  • OPIC commits up to $200m to LeapFrog Investments

    10 December 2015 – London and Washington DC LeapFrog Investments is set to receive up to $200m from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the OPIC Board of Directors announced today. This is the largest commitment in history to any impact fund manager. It also brings commitments to LeapFrog to over 1 billion USD, heralding the

    December 14, 2015
  • The next challenge for impact investing: Scaling up support to early stage social enterprises

    By Bertil van Vugt, Inclusive Business Accelerator and Mirko Zuerker, SEED The growth and success of green and inclusive business models with high impact potential is central to the challenges many emerging economies are facing. These enterprises not only spur development and market growth, but also ensure the preservation of the very base of our

    December 14, 2015
  • Refugee Projects Catch the Imagination at Social Innovation Investor’s Fair

    On Thursday morning, the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute and the European Commission held the Social Innovation Investor’s Fair at the EIB in Luxembourg-Kirchberg. Guy Clausse, Dean at the EIB Institute, welcomed everyone with Hedda Pahlson-Moller, CEO at Omsint and Tiime, talked about boosting social enterprise across Europe by creating social innovation structures that lead

    December 4, 2015
  • Fast and Furious: 10 Leading Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Outside the US in 2015

    by David Drake The crowdfunding wave that took off in the US and Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis has since spread into different countries of the world, disrupting established institutional practices of financing a business startup. In particular, the alternative finance landscape of many countries, previously dominated by peer-to-peer lending,

    October 5, 2015
  • Fast and Furious: 10 Leading Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Outside the US in 2015

    by David Drake The crowdfunding wave that took off in the US and Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis has since spread into different countries of the world, disrupting established institutional practices of financing a business startup. In particular, the alternative finance landscape of many countries, previously dominated by peer-to-peer lending,

    October 5, 2015
  • Global ​Crowdfunding Update: Will the Pan-European Law Overtake the US JOBS Act?

    by David Drake In an exclusive report, Reuters says EU will come out with a document next week that will implement a #pan-european#crowdfunding law. And yet the US JOBS Act for equity crowdfunding is nearing it’s second year and won’t become a practical law earlier than 1000 days after it was signed into a law April 5, 2012

    September 30, 2015
  • Jan D. Oker Blom – Impact Investing is NOT Charity

    Making an impact and doing charity is not the same thing – and you should do both. In general, business angels a lot of capability and resources and are therefore responsible to work for making the world a better place. A growing international trend is “impact investing” which means aiming for results on top of

    September 2, 2015
  • 1st Social Entrepreneur Competition

      Impact Investing is a rising phenomenon in the Nordic region. NFBAN (Nordic Female Business Angel Network), in partnership with the EBAN Impact Investment Committee (EIIC), launched on the 20th of August the 1st Social Entrepreneur Competition. The competition, aimed at encouraging Nordic social entrepreneurship and social innovation, it was a true success. The competition was open

    August 28, 2015
  • The Business Case for Sustainable Investing

    According to several studies, the World’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion in the next 3 decades. This means that roughly 9 billion humans will look for food, water and energy, with the same resources available today on the Earth. Consequently, it is quite probable that the private sector will be always more

    July 20, 2015
  • Taskforce Calls for Action to Unleash $1 Trillion in Social Impact Investment

    Even though Social Impact Investing has never been a pressing issue as much as today, several misconceptions still remain the primary obstacle to raise relevant financial resources. For this reason the British Prime Minister D. Cameron has undertaken new global initiatives in order to develop more sustainable business models. In the article below we briefly give

    July 20, 2015
  • About Impact Investing

    Read this article to know more about: What is Impact Investing – Core Characteristics of Impact Investing – What is The Role of the Global Impact Investing Network: About Impact Investing. We wrote also a special page where we explain what Impact Investing is and how it works.

    June 18, 2015
  • Hedda Introduces Impact Investing and the EIIC

    Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination – the tables have turned and we are learning to harness the power of markets to solve social problems. EBAN recognizes and embraces the role its community will play in capturing the enormous potential for true valuecreation. So what is this ‘impact’ business all about? Simply put, impact

    March 18, 2015
  • EBAN Launches the Impact Investing Committee

    As member of EVPA – European Venture Philanthropy Association, we are proud to announce the publication of a presentation article on their website. Link: EBAN Launches Committee on Impact Investing

    March 18, 2015
  • Funding Social Businesses on Mainstream Markets

    This article tries to show ways towards the co-existence of these two mindsets as shareholders of the same company and the opportunity this presents for all stakeholders of social enterprises. Link: Funding Social Businesses on Mainstream Markets

    March 18, 2015
  • What Good Is Impact Investing?

    Find and read important reports about Impact Investing with a quick presentation in this special article. Link: What Good Is Impact Investing?

    March 18, 2015