Impact Investment

By Mila Devenport AVPN organized a series of workshops early this September on Corporate Social Impact Strategies (CSIS) led by Steven Serneels (Co-researcher, EVPA Corporate Social Impact Strategies; Impact Investor, SI2 Fund). We travelled to Taipei, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and invited local speakers to join in the conversation. In Taipei, we spoke at the […]

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In early September, AVPN was in Taipei to further understand the social enterprise sector and the philanthropy landscape in Taiwan. AVPN met with various government agencies promoting the social enterprise space including the workforce development agency and the ministry of economic affairs. We also conducted a series of workshops on venture philanthropy. We held a […]

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20 AVPN members and friends joined May’s Friday lunch meetup to know more about a new fund – The Conservation Enterprise Development Fund, initiated by AVPN member, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Impact investing has become a growing asset class that has the potential to change both the way companies do business and the way financial […]

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China’s social entrepreneurship sector is still in its early stages but its growth expectations for the next few years is exponential given the size of the economy and the social needs. In addition to the regular challenges faced by social entrepreneurs, Chinese Social enterprises face unique challenges due to the influential role played by the […]

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    In the month of March AVPN conducted two presentations in Beijing on the subject of how to set up a Venture Philanthropy Fund as well as a deep dive into the Inspiring Scotland model. On March 6th, Andrew spoke at the CFPA Microfinance Salon, a series of get together seminar/lectures organized by CFPA […]

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AVPN India and leading law firm Nishith Desai Associates held an event on 14th March in Mumbai with Nobel Prize winner Prof. Yunus. Prof Yunus shared his experience of creating a vibrant social business in the form of Grameen Bank which has led to the formation of the microfinance industry. Paul Carttar, founding president of […]

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AVPN India and leading law firm Nishith Desai Associates are hosting a dialogue between leading industrialists from India and global experts and philanthropists to discuss their own journeys in philanthropy. Asia has a huge opportunity to change the world through social investment and venture philanthropy. India with its numerous social challenges and growing wealth needs […]

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AVPN’s executive vice-chairman, Andrew Muirhead, gave a presentation to the SVP China group recently on a trip to Beijing. The gathering included members of SVP Beijing, representatives from the private equity and private banking sector and local foundations, all who were very excited to learn more about venture philanthropy. There was a great buzz to […]

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As venture philanthropy finds its feet in Asia, AVPN continues to play an instrumental role as a catalyst for the setting up of venture philanthropy funds in the region. While philanthropy by itself is not a recent phenomenon in Asia, AVPN is helping crystallise the concepts of venture philanthropy and social investment in an attempt […]

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1. Please tell us about your organization and your involvement in venture philanthropy? Opes Impact Fund is a recently established Italian impact investing initiative. Opes has been founded by five actors with a strong social background: ACRA CCS, an NGO with 45 years of experience; Ctm Altromercato, the largest fair-trade organization in Italy; FEM, an […]

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 AVPN members on the panel on “Growing the Demand Side”: Abbie Jung of Synergy Social Ventures, Nick Lazos of Insitor Fund, Francis Ngai of SVHK, Joan Yao of LGT Venture Philanthropy, and Sunit Shrestha of Changefusion. AVPN attended the Impact Investing Forum organised by Asia Community Ventures, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, in Hong […]

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How can we get involved in Myanmar? Whether you are from a foundation, impact investor or social enterprise, we tried to cover the different angles for participation in this country that is slowly opening its doors to the outside world. The speakers for the previous 2 webinars include Nicholas Lazos from Insitor Management, Allison Morris […]

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