The Online Fundamental Training on Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing

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The Online Fundamental Training on Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing

Important message: Due to COVID-19, this course will take place virtually instead of in person. The second online edition of this engaging course is being organised due to high demand. Make sure to secure your seat now!

Are you new in the sector of venture philanthropy and impact investing? Do you want to know how investors for impact deploy their impact strategies? Then this is the right course for you. Join us to deepen your knowledge and grow your network!

At the end of the training, you will walk away with a ready-to-use toolkit fundamental to practice venture philanthropy and impact investing.

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 with the fundamental toolkit to practice venture philanthropy and impact investing. As a participant, you will:

  • learn the basic concepts and practical tools of venture philanthropy and impact investing
  • 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 a venture philanthropy organisation, 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

The online course is co-designed by EVPA and ESADE Business School and it combines an online self-learning period through EVPA's e-learning platform for 15 days 15 days prior to two intensive online live sessions with leading professors and practitioners. You will gain access to EVPA's Learning Management System (LMS) for this course. The LMS will support participants by providing readings and assignments to prepare the course and make the most of the live sessions. Two live sessions (from 9.00 to 12.00 and then from 14.00 to 17.00) will take place on 17 and 24 November 2020. The EVPA Training Academy and ESADE Business School have developed the most interactive and engaging online training, so you can get the most out of this learning experience. After the training you will have the chance to work on your own action plan to develop or revise your impact strategy and you will receive a feedback at the end of the programme as well as a certificate issued by ESADE Business School and EVPA.

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 as impact investing funds and foundations, financial institutions, incubators, accelerators, and corporate social investors with an interest in developing an impact-centric funding approach.


EVPA is happy to offer all participants a 50% discount on the original training fee since the course has been converted into an online training.

Places are limited and EVPA members have priority access to the courses and pay 50% of the regular fee.

New reduced prices for the online training:

  • Member fee: 600‚Ǩ (instead of 1.200‚Ǩ)
  • Non-member fee: 1.200‚Ǩ (instead of 2.400‚Ǩ)

Registrations and deadlines

  • Registrations: deadline 25/10/2020. You can register here. Places are limited, so be sure to book your place as soon as possible.
  • Scholarships: deadline 21/10/2020. Some 50% scholarships are available for EVPA members who cannot afford the course fee. Please find all the information on how to apply here.

More information

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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.

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.

Ane de Ariño

Ane de Ariño

Experienced professional in the oil, gas & electricity industry. Skilled in Strategic Planning, Business Development, controlling and commercial management. Strong professional graduated from IESE Business School - University of Navarra. Now working in impact investment.

Strong professional graduated from IESE Business School - University of Navarra. Now working in impact investment.

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.

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.