• Address at the Club of Amsterdam & India House: What Are the Levers to Mainstream Impact Investing?

    Amsterdam, the Netherlands – March 28, 2013

    What are the levers for mainstreaming impact investing? Who can move the field from being a cottage industry to a widely-invested asset class that helps us resource capitalism’s next chapter? And how can this be achieved? To explore this question, Impact Economy Founder & Global Managing Director Dr. Maximilian Martin gave a keynote address and participated in a panel discussion at the ‘The Future of Impact Investment’ conference, hosted by the Club of Amsterdam & The India House in the Netherlands. The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-orientated think tank involved in channeling preferred futures; The India House’s philanthropic mission is to introduce Indian Culture to Dutch and European & Indian societies and share its warmth.

  • Co-Leading Intensive One-week Academy on Social Entrepreneurship

    Annecy, France - Geneva, Switzerland – March 22, 2013

    In his role as the pioneer instructor of social entrepreneurship courses in Europe as well as alumnus of the German Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin co-led an intensive one-week academy on social entrepreneurship. A highlight of the week was a visit to the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at its premises in Cologny, Geneva at the World Economic Forum. Francis Brochon, veteran tech pioneer turned social entrepreneur, provided valuable input to the student cohort that will resonate well beyond their “social entrepreneur for a week” program at the academy. In addition to working on their own projects, the students learned about trends in the sector, how to approach smart financing, and derived insights from Dr. Brochon’s experiences as a pattern changer in electronic engineering – having first developed the Minitel (the French predecessor to the Internet), then brought digital television to Europe, and now rolling out a catalytic technical education model in East Africa.

  • What is the Potential of Impact Investing for Companies? Keynotes at the World CSR Day in Mumbai

    Mumbai, India - February 17-18, 2013

    What is the role of corporations in sustainable value creation for all stakeholders – to foster social, economic and environmental development as well as profits? Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leaders gathered in India to answer this question at the World CSR Day 2013. Impact Economy Founder and Global Managing Director Dr. Maximilian Martin held a keynote speech on the potential of impact investing for companies to drive both positive change and business innovation. Founded in 2011 by Dr. R.L. Bhatia, the World CSR Day is an annual gathering of CSR leaders to explore and recognize best practice CSR in a variety of sectors and industries. Powered by many high-level speakers and contagious commitment, the World CSR Day reached more than 300,000 people this year. It took place against the backdrop of India’s slowest growth rate in a decade, paired with an optimistic sense that a takeoff could be in the air. In these times of change in India, Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, presented the new Indian legislation expected to become law in April 2013. Projections are that it will increase CSR spending in India by Rs 27,000 crore per year (roughly USD 5 billion). With this impulse, industry leaders including many Indian champions as well as international companies such as Alliance Boots, Coca-Cola, Huawei, Microsoft, Shell and Schneider Electric gathered for peer-learning on “doing well by doing good” and to showcase their commitment to positive impact.

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Higher Education: Co-Leading Faculty Institute with Ashoka U in Florida

    Orlando, USA – February 8-9, 2013

    What is the potential of social entrepreneurship in the changing world of higher education and how can faculty design and teach the most effective courses, curricula and programs? As the Founding Ashoka U Faculty in Residence, Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin co-led an Ashoka U Faculty Institute on best practices in social entrepreneurship education at Rollins College, Florida together with Marina Kim, Director of Ashoka U. The Faculty Institute, which was hosted by the Rollins Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative (SESi) and is a cross-campus initiative helping students channel their passion for social change in solution-orientated action, gathered 45 faculty to explore how to best integrate social entrepreneurship into the curricula of different disciplines and how to shape the overall social entrepreneurship offering at Rollins College.

  • Impact Investing in Early-Stage Social Enterprises: Impact Economy and the Opes Impact Fund at the Cariplo Foundation Conference

    Milano, Italy – January, 28, 2013

    Impact investing has a fundamental role to play in scaling up market-based solutions like successful social enterprises tackling pressing global issues. The international launch of the Opes Impact Fund—Italy’s first donor-based impact investment fund—took place at the Cariplo Foundation Congress Centre in Milan. Key stakeholders in the social enterprise landscape participated in an open debate aimed at shaping a common path in an increasingly fragmented industry. During an interactive panel discussion led by Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin and William Burckart, we made the case for how impact investments can generate an attractive financial return for investors while also generating measurable social and environmental impacts when serious investees, innovative philanthropists and pioneer investors are provided with the right goods, professional services, adequate tools and tailored opportunities.

  • Getting Investments in Frontier Economies Right: Address at Horasis Annual Meeting

    Zurich, Switzerland – January 22-23, 2013

    People’s confidence about the future is shaken in many parts of the world. In some countries, structural adjustment cycles are becoming the new normal; elsewhere sizable opportunities for sustainable value generation are emerging fast. In frontier markets, middle and lower middle classes spend a total of USD 5.3 trillion every year. This amount could almost triple over the next decade. Not surprisingly, some investment attention is starting to shift from BRIC countries to frontier markets; Impact Economy returned to the fourth annual meeting of a href="" target="_blank" class="textlink textlink-link textlink-link2 underline">Horasis themed “After Recession - Restructuring with Sustainable Regeneration” to share insights and compare notes. Founded by Dr. Frank Richter, Horasis is an independent international organization committed to enacting visions for a sustainable future. It draws a strong emerging markets constituency, providing a refreshing perspective on the global economy and identifying opportunities post-financial crisis. At an interactive session on frontier markets, Impact Economy Founder Dr. Maximilian Martin shared insights emanating from Impact Economy’s innovative, solution-oriented work in emerging markets, unpacking the opportunity for quality investment opportunities that deliver relevant financial and social returns.