Investing For Impact: the Fundamentals

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Investing For Impact: the Fundamentals

What is this course about?

Are you new in the sector of venture philanthropy and impact investing (VP/II)? Then this is the right course for you to deepen your knowledge and grow your network!

Join us and explore how investors for impact use the venture philanthropy approach throughout their investment process. This online course is specifically designed to offer participants who are new to the sector the fundamental toolkit to practice venture philanthropy and impact investing. As a participant, you will:

  • get acquainted with the investing for impact approach and what it can mean in your context;
  • acquire the knowledge to develop an impact-centric funding strategy
  • understand the entire investment process, including
    • techniques used for due diligence, closing and structuring of deals,
    • governance aspects of venture philanthropy & social investment organisations,
    • how to manage an impactful exit and portfolio management
  • discover real-life case studies from experienced investors for impact from all over Europe
  • learn how to build your own theory of change as an investor for impact.

Course structure & methodology

This online training is co-designed by EVPA and ESADE Business School and consists of two compulsory learning steps:

  1. Self-paced e-learning on our innovative learning platform (hours: about 6h)
  2. Online live sessions: 1 networking session (on Spatial Chat), 3 online learning sessions (on Zoom), a homework assignment followed by one online feedback session (hours: 14h)

Total hours of this programme: 20 hours

The homework assignment consists of developing your own action plan or creating/revising your impact strategy. During the final feedback session these plans will be discussed with Prof. Lisa Hehenberger and your peers.

The EVPA Training Academy and Esade Business School have developed an interactive and engaging online training using different online tools and methodological approaches to offer you a unique and efficient learning experience.

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate issued by Esade Business School and EVPA.

All dates at a glance:

  • From 1 September: self-paced e-learning
  • 14 September, 11.00 to 12.00 CEST: informal networking session
  • 15 September, 9.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 15.30 CEST: First Live Session
  • 20 September, 9.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 15.30 CEST: Second Live Session
  • 22 September, 9.00 to 12.00 CEST: Third Live Session
  • 12 October, 10:00-12:00 CEST: Informal Feedback Session

Who should attend

The training is designed for practitioners with no or little experience in the VP/II field. It targets professionals from all type of capital providers or support organisations such as impact investing funds and foundations, financial institutions, incubators, accelerators, and corporate social investors with an interest in developing an impact-centric funding approach. Please have a look at the agenda preview for further information on the topics this course will cover. If you have any doubts that this is the right course for your, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at trainingacademy[at]

Registration, deadlines, scholarships

Registrations: To secure your spot in this highly demanded course, please register following the registration link until 24 July 2022. Places are limited, so be sure to book your place as soon as possible.

Scholarships: deadline 24 July 2022. Please find all the information on how to apply here.

Participation Fees

EVPA members have priority access to the courses and enjoy a 50% discount on the regular participation fees.

  • Regular fee: €1,200 (excl. VAT)
  • EVPA-member fee: €600 (excl. VAT)

EVPA members who need financial support have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship (please carefully read our scholarship policy). Make sure to submit your scholarship application by 24 July 2022.

Cancellation policy & further information

Please make sure you have read our cancellation policy. Should you need further information about any aspect of this course, please reach out to us.



Dr. Lisa Hehenberger

Dr. Lisa Hehenberger

Dr. Lisa Hehenberger is a lecturer in Strategy and General Management at ESADE. She is a renowned expert on venture philanthropy and social impact investment.

She is a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on Social Business (GECES) and of the OECD's Social Impact Investment Expert group. She served on the French National Advisory Board and the Impact Measurement Working Group of the Social Impact Investment Task Force established by the G8. Until recently, she was the Research and Policy Director of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). EVPA is the pan-European association for venture philanthropy and social impact investment. She set up and ran EVPA's Knowledge Centre, conducting and publishing research, and collecting and disseminating data and knowledge. She also coordinated EVPA's policy initiatives, facilitating the transfer of knowledge between policy makers and practitioners.

Dr. Hehenberger's research focuses on applying organisational theory to study the evolution of venture philanthropy and impact investment.

Dr. Lisa Hehenberger is the director of 'The fundamental course on venture philanthropy and impact investing' whose complete agenda including the speakers' profile will be available soon.

Fabio Segura

Fabio Segura

Fabio Segura is Co-CEO at Jacobs Foundation (JF) where he shares the responsibility for the overall success of the organization, while leading the development and execution of its 2030 strategy. From 2015 to 2019 he was Head of International Programs, where he was responsible for the strategic, financial, and operative direction of programs across Africa and Latin America.

Previously he served as Senior Investment Manager at LGT Venture Philanthropy, where he was responsible to establish and grow the organization's investments and operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to his work in sustainability, Mr. Segura served as a peace and development worker in Colombia and as consultant for the United Nations.

Xavier Pont Martin

Xavier Pont Martin

Xavier is the Co-Founder of Ship2B Foundation which is a start-up which wants to promote social entrepreneurship and impact investment in Spain.

He is a counselor at Veritas, an organic food supermarket chain and he is a board member at Futur Foundation which is dedicated to sustainable restoration and to serving school canteens with people from collectives at risk of exclusion.

Vincent Fauvet

Vincent Fauvet

Vincent is the Executive Chairman at Investir&+

Vincent started his carrer as a humanitarian worker in the refugees camps in Thailand, in India and then in Cambodia. Then he became an investment banker in France and Latin America. He came back to Europe to be the CEO of a retail group during 7 years. He created a first fair trade company in Brazil in 2004 and decided to reconcile both his social and entrepreneur aspirations in 2012 when he created Investir&+, an impact fund to support social entrepreneurs. Vincent is 45, father of five, works in Paris and lives in Barcelona.

Joshua Meek

Joshua Meek

Joshua is an impact management and business advisory specialist focusing on supporting social enterprises to grow and deliver meaningful social and economic impact through investment and technical support. He has worked across the social investment spectrum and specialises in impact investment management systems, ESG analysis and reporting, business analytics, economic research, market systems design, and social cost benefit analysis. He sits on the investment committee of the Natwest Social & Community Capital and previous roles include Venture Impact specialist at UnLtd and Technical Manager of Markets & Value Chains at Farm Africa.

Sara Seganti

Sara Seganti

Sara is Impact Europe's Training Manager. She joined EVPA in 2017 to structure and to further develop the Training Academy activities, after more than ten years working as a project and impact manager, and as a trainer in the social impact field.

Before, Sara provided secretariat support to the Italian Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK's Presidency of the G8. She is today the Secretary General of Social Impact Agenda per l'Italia, the Italian network for impact investing. She is a graduate in political philosophy and holds a master's degree in management of social enterprises from Bocconi Business School.

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Investing for Impact: the Fundamentals