Invitation to major EVPA meeting in Oslo

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) will hold its Annual Conference in Norway for the first time in November. The EVPA Annual Conference is Europe’s most important meeting place for investors seeking to create social value.

TEXT: IRINA LEE

The EVPA’s objective is to bring together investors with long investment horizons who in varying ways support organisations that seek to develop new solutions to challenges in society.

“Developing solutions often involves complex and time-consuming processes. Investors can provide support in many ways, both financial and non-financial. An important aspect of what we do is facilitate the sharing of expertise and investment opportunities. Our annual conference, which is attended by around 500 investors and other interested parties, represents our most important contribution to this”, comments Bernard Uyttendaele, Chief Executive Officer of EVPA.

Unique meeting place
On 9 and 10 November 2017 Norwegian investors will have a unique opportunity to learn from those leading the way in venture philanthropy (see box) when the EVPA Annual Conference takes place in Oslo. The conference has travelled around different European cities, and is organised each year for the EVPA’s members and others interested in the field.

This year’s conference will mark the 13th year in a row that the EVPA has held an annual conference, and this year’s venue is the Sentralen building in Oslo. Around two-thirds of the places are reserved for participants from other countries, with the remaining third available to Norwegian attendees. The conference will primarily be of interest to funds, foundations, investment teams and family offices.

“We are offering early-bird registration until the summer, so all you need to do is sign up”, comments Katinka Greve Leiner, Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs.

On 8 November, the day before the official conference starts, the EVPA is running a crash course in the basics of venture philanthropy and social investment. Participants will also learn about different models of providing non-financial support to social entrepreneurs. Attendance at the official EVPA conference is not a requirement to attend the course.

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Facts/ Venture Philanthropy

  • "Venture” is a term that is usually used in relation to financial projects involving risk, particularly investing in start-ups or high-growth companies that need a lot of capital and involve a lot of uncertainty.
  • Philanthropy originally means “love for mankind”, while in the context of venture philanthropy it means creating value for society.
  • The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a European umbrella organisation for organisations and companies that invest in social entrepreneurs. Such investment usually involves a combination of financial support and expertise, with requirements set for the investee in terms of return, milestones and scale.
  • Ferd Social Entrepreneurs is a member of the EVPA. Katinka Greve Leiner is on the Board of Directors of the EVPA.

The entire article is available (in Norwegian) here.

 

 

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