• Panel at EVPA 2013: Matching the Soul of Philanthropy with the Spirit of Investing - a Delicate Balance

    Geneva, Switzerland – November 26-27, 2013

    The Annual Conference 2013 of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) took place in Geneva during two intensive days with the principal theme ‘Responsible Leadership: Inspire and Act!’. A number of experts on the topic of leadership participated and discussed these questions with 120 speakers throughout 4 plenary and 23 breakout sessions. Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin participated in the panel “Matching the soul of philanthropy with the spirit of investing: a delicate balance”, together with Nicolas Hazard, Chairman, Le Comptoir de l’Innovation; Phyllis Costanza, CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation; Karen Hitschke, Director of Yunus Social Business Funds, and Vineet Bewtra, Director Investments, the Omidyar Network. One of Dr. Martin’s key points was that to scale capital allocation for social problem solving, we also need to think about the “karma” (aka cause and effect) that conditions the division of labor among philanthropy and impact investing!

  • The Impact Economy Perspective on Social Impact Bonds in Milan

    Milan, Italy – November 8, 2013

    The Cariplo Foundation and the Forum per la Finanza Sostenible organized an event on “I Social Impact Bond: La Finanza al Servizio dell’Innovazione Sociale?” in order to present and discuss the social impact bond in Italy and abroad. The event launched the report “La finanza al servizio dell’innovazione sociale?”, written under the responsibility of Davide Dal Maso, as well as the Italian translation “Come rendere appetibile l’impact investment” of the Impact Economy Working Paper “Making Impact Investible” authored by Dr. Maximilian Martin, Founder and Global Managing Director, who also gave a keynote on “Making Impact Investible: What is the Real Potential of Social Impact Bonds to Turn around Public Finance in the OECD?”. Presenting the topic of social impact bond in its international context and since its inception ten years ago, the conference showed the prospects of Italian leadership for the future of the growing impact investment market.

  • 10th Anniversary of Dr. Martin’s Intensive Course on Social Investment and Entrepreneurship at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland

    St Gallen, Switzerland – November 4-6, 2013

    Since introducing the first course on social entrepreneurship to the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, in 2004 (one year after he launched Europe’s first-ever course on the topic at the University of Geneva), Impact Economy’s Dr. Maximilian Martin has returned every year to teach a course that is now titled “Social Investment and Entrepreneurship” and. Catering to a select group of dedicated Masters students from a variety of academic backgrounds, this year’s course focused on innovative financing methods, and explored how the social entrepreneurship field is developing new frameworks as it grows. Students engaged in dynamic group assignments and worked towards developing their own business ideas.

  • Is Switzerland on Track to Lead in Sustainable Finance? Impact Economy Speaks at the CAIA Geneva Event

    Geneva – October 1, 2013

    The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) Switzerland chapter and Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG) organized the CAIA Geneva Event on Sustainable Finance at the historic Société de Lecture in Geneva, bringing together partners and experts from the field to review the status of the sustainable finance industry in Switzerland and identify emerging opportunities. Dr. Maximilian Martin, Impact Economy’s Founder and Global Managing Director, gave a special address on how to accelerate impact investing in Switzerland, which built on the study “Making Impact Investible” and analyzed the critical elements for successful market development. The CAIA is the international leader in alternative investment education, with more than 6,500 members present in more than 80 countries.