The Impact Month, promoted by the European Venture Philanthropy Association, henceforth EVPA, was conceived as a space for the impact community to come together to learn, share and connect with other players around the world to maximize their social impact. Through various events throughout the month of November, it was explored how impact investing can be a driving force for society’s recovery and transformation, and how impact leaders, impact funds, private and public capital providers, social investors corporate and others can mobilize their resources for a better and more collaborative society.
On November 9th, the EVPA Annual Conference took place, in an online format, an event where inspiring perspectives from thought leaders were shared and where recovery and social transformation were discussed. António Miguel, Managing Partner at Maze, a partner accelerator of Casa do Impacto, participated in the panel Funding for funds: how to mobilize resources for additionalists, which emphasized the cruciality of differentiating between impact funds that intend to generate a positive and measurable impact (ie. investing with impact) and those who embrace additionality (ie. investing for impact).
In the Investing for Impact Crash Course, on November 10th, the basics of impact investing (including impact philanthropy and impact investing approaches) were shared as one of the most effective strategies to solve the main social challenges that have arisen in recent years and culminated in the Covid-19 crisis. This course presented recent data on the impact market and an overview of the capital providers active in the ecosystem, as well as discussed key impact investing practices such as impact measurement and management and tailored financing and not financial support.
Casa do Impacto headed to the city undefeated on November 15th and 16th for the final events of the Impact Month. On November 15th, the Investors for Impact Forum took place, an intimate and exclusive event for guests, which brought together 150 senior capital providers in the beautiful Edifício da Alfândega, to discuss how to mobilize resources for the recovery, as well as strategic guidelines, of the sector of impact. Through several panels, with speakers such as Filipe Almeida, President of Portugal Inovação Social, Margarida Couto, CEO at VdA, Cliff Prior, CEO of The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, Emma Ursich, Group Head of Corporate Identity and the Human Safety Net Foundation at Generali, among many others, were presented several real cases of good practices and shared visions for the way forward for the impact ecosystem.