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Matchmaking between businesses and investors

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Matchmaking between businesses and investors
by GIZ and Transformational Business Network

While there is an increase in support for investors and businesses to find one another, little is known on how to efficiently and effectively conduct this activity. This guide directly addresses this knowledge gap and serves as a two-part handbook: First, as an introduction on the value effective ‘Matchmaking’ offers, suggesting a typology and ways in which TA providers can effectively engage in matchmaking. And secondly, as a practical guidebook, offering a theory of change and a practical step-by-step framework on how to structure matchmaking as part of programmatic activities. Overall, this guide encourages TA providers to broaden the application of matchmaking and to adopt a shift in perspective from conventional matchmaking activities. 

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Tags:  business  investors 

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Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong
Pauline Tan, Swee-Sum Lam
The Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) 

The study reviews the current state of impact investments in Singapore and Hong Kong, particularly those that have engaged with foundations. It further looks at the trends and challenges of the impact investment sector before presenting a list of recommendations.

Impact investment assets globally represent a mere 0.2 percent of global wealth as reported by the Global Impact Investing Network. By increasing this share to just two percent, the potential of impact investments can reach over US$2 trillion (UNDP, 2016). Impact investments can play a significant role in sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, potentially providing socio- economic progress for the billions of people living in the region. Foundations in the region can potentially play a significant role given the billions of assets they can deploy. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  2018  Asia  impact investing  impact investment  investors  SGBs 

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Toniic T100: Launch

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Toniic T100 Launch:
Insights from the Frontier of Impact Investing

by Toniic

This report makes public for the first time the aggregated portfolios of more than 50 investors, ranging in size from less than $2 million to more than $100 million, successfully targeting and achieving both impact and financial returns across the same asset classes available to traditional investors. The results of this study also demonstrate that though the surveyed impact investors’ primary motivation is to invest with measurable impact, their financial motivation is generally the same as traditional investors: to preserve capital and generate a financial return for the asset owner.

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Tags:  impact evaluation  impact investing  impact measurement  investors  sector publication 

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Microfinance Funds – 10 years of research and practice

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Microfinance Funds – 10 years of research and practice:
A Review and Analysis of CGAP & Symbiotics' Microfinance Investment Vehicles Surveys

by CCAP and Symbiotics

This 10-year review of the landscape of microfinance offshore investments is based on data collected through annual CGAP/Symbiotics surveys of Microfinance Investment Vehicles (MIVs) conducted between 2007 and 2016. The current paper largely focuses on MIVs, as defined in the disclosure guidelines – namely independent investment vehicles with more than 50% of non-cash assets invested in microfinance and open to multiple investors. However, and to a lesser extent, this paper also compiles data on some microfinance investment intermediaries (MIIs), such as funds open to single investors.

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Tags:  investment  investors  Microfinance  sector publication 

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Perspectives on Progress - The Impact Investor Survey

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013

Perspectives on Progress - The Impact Investor Survey

JP Morgan and GIIN, January 2013

The third annual survey on the impact investment market sheds light on this nascent and growing market by collecting data on investors’ expectations and experiences in 2012, as well as their plans for 2013.

Tags:  impact investing  investors  sector publication 

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Innovations - Bridging the "Pioneer Gap"

Posted By Administration, Saturday, August 15, 2015
Updated: Monday, June 8, 2015

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Village Capital believes there is a pressing need for a more holistic, evidence-based approach to leveraging the potential of incubators and accelerators and to understanding what makes them successful. 

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Tags:  accelerators  access to finance  ANDE publication  Entrepreneurship  Global  Impact Evaluation  impact investing  Investors 

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Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 17, 2015

Why hasn't social finance caught on in the past? What needs to change to extend and broaden the recent growth?

BNY Mellon dives into these questions in their most recent white paper: "Social Finance: Creating Value for Investors.

In their own words:

BNY Mellon has been helping apply capital to social change for more than 225 years. It began with a loan to a fledgling government undertaking a large social experiment: The United States of America and democracy. We continue to think about the potential for investments to enable positive change today. The size and complexity of current environmental, social, and governance issues facing the global economy have motivated us to assess the market structure in order to address these issues, highlight some of the challenges to greater and more effective deployment of capital, and propose ways to address those challenges.

Read the full paper and learn how BNY Mellon sees the path ahead for social finance. 

Tags:  finance  impact investing  investors  Sector publication 

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New Report: Are India's social entrepreneurs who lack basic financial management skills still seen as investment-worthy?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Over the past four years, the team at Upaya Social Ventures has repeatedly heard from impact investors that the pipeline of investable social enterprises in India is frustratingly thin. While these investors regularly hear about interesting concepts, they lament the lack of entrepreneurs who have the business management skills needed to make a venture profitable. In fact, many leading investors have said that a social entrepreneur who does not have a sufficient command of fundamental business tools is not someone they can even really consider an entrepreneur.

Looking to turn these anecdotes into actionable information, Upaya has released the first of a series of spot surveys that dig deeper into investors’ impressions of the entrepreneurs they encounter.

Titled What They Really Think: Perceptions of India’s Early Stage Social Entrepreneurs Among Impact Investors, the series provides data and recommendations to the multitude of incubators, training programs and mentorship networks currently operating in India. The report captures investor opinions about the collective critical skills and competencies of entrepreneurs, and starts a substantive conversation on improving the ecosystem for early-stage social businesses.

In “Spot Survey #1: Financial Management Capabilities,” 18 of India’s 25 most active impact investors shared their impressions of the financial management competencies of entrepreneurs on whom they have conducted some level of due diligence. The report looks at entrepreneurs' skills with a variety of financial management tools for decision-making. It also looks at the quality of documentation investors receive from entrepreneurs, as well as the ability of those entrepreneurs to use valuation tools to communicate the financial health and long-term projections of their companies with investors.

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Tags:  entrepreneurship  impact investing  India  Investors  sector publication  Social Entrepreneurship 

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From the Margins to the Mainstream - Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

Posted By Alexander Pan, Aspen Institute, Thursday, September 26, 2013

From the Margins to the Mainstream lays out several key recommendations for how the impact investment sector can reach scale. This includes calling on impact investment funds to be transparent about the financial returns that are generated; for impact enterprises to proactively measure and report on social and environmental impact; for governments to provide tax relief for early-stage investments in which public benefit is created; and for philanthropic endowments to commit their investment capital to impact investments and not just to programmatic allocations. To view the report, please click here

World Economic Forum
September 2013

Tags:  capital  impact investing  investors  philanthropy  sector publication 

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Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape

Posted By Stella Hanly, Aspen Institute, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Building a Healthy & Sustainable Social Impact Bond Market: The Investor Landscape
This report, produced by Godeke Consulting and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, explores the landscape of potential social impact bond (SIB) investors to determine how to build a sustainable market for SIBs that can leverage capital from a diverse set of investors to deliver better social outcomes to poor and vulnerable people. Researchers spoke with more than ninety investors and other stakeholders over an eight-month period of time, and have highlighted distinct investor insights that can inform the systems and structures needed to build a healthy market to finance SIBs.

Tags:  impact investing  investors  sector publication  social impact 

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