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The Soho Loft Supports 12th EVPA Annual Conference: Moving Beyond Boundaries

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM - Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM (CET)

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12th Annual Conference in Paris: Moving Beyond Boundaries

November 03 - 04, 2016

08:00am - 05:00pm

Fondation Maison de la Chimie

28 rue Saint-Dominique

Paris, 75007 France


To register, click here


On the 3rd-4th of November, players across the Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment sector will get together to share learnings, successes and failures in a forward-looking programme under the theme of “Moving Beyond Boundaries”.

Join us at the 12th European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Conference held on November 3-4 in Paris.

Here are some of the great things that you can expect this year:

  • Unique opportunity to network and meet experts and practitioners from the sector
  • Breakout sessions combining inspiring presentations and audience-driven debates
  • Following the success of previous years, social entrepreneurs will be pitching again
  • New perspectives coming together to form the resounding voice of Venture Philanthropy


November 03, 2016

Arrival and registration


Official opening

Plenary Room

        EVPA welcomes you                                                                      A word from our hosts Keynote speaker Alexandre Mars, Epic               Foundation

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Break-out Sessions

  • Social Impact Metrics 2.0 - from measuring to managing impact

Impact Management is one of the three key practices of venture     philanthropy. It goes beyond the mere performance measurement,     and helps align the work of the funder and the investee towards the same goals. In…

  • Corporate Impact Investing and Corporate Philanthropy - Ideal partners for greater impact

Speakers Steven Serneels,Investor, Board & IC member, SI2 Stefan Maard, Co-Founder, Diva Ventures Lidia del Pozo, Director Social Responsibility & Institutional Sponsorship, BBVA Moderator Fabian Suwanprateep, Project Manager, Beyond Philanthropy

  • Scaling Social Businesses - what strategic role can VP play

This session will highlight three main themes: the needs of scaling social businesses, the obstacles they face especially when trying to internationalise, and how Venture Philanthropy can boost the creation of a supportive scaling infrastructure.…
  •  Social Impact Bonds: Let's explore wider and simpler models!

Speakers Jane Newman, International Director, Social Finance Luis Jeronimo, Project Manager, Gulbenkian Foundation Bjoern Struewer, Founder & CEO, Roots of Impact Moderator Antonella Noya, Senior Policy analyst, OECD
  • Addressing migration/refugee challenges

This session aims to address the increasingly negative, vulnerable situation of migration / refugees across Europe by showcasing positive, innovative solutions and partnerships that focus on migrants as resources rather than as burdens, and that…

  • Deploying VP Tools and Strategies to Strengthen Media

The right to information is a public good, relying heavily on independent media outlets that are increasingly confronted with competition, sinking advertising revenues and behavioural changes in how mass audiences soak up information. This session…


Coffee break


Break-out Sessions

  • Impact Investing: making sure it is about social impact
  • Investing in other countries: why taking the risk in Eastern and Southern Europe?

Speakers Neven Marinovic, Director, SmartKolektiv Miquel de Palladela, Chief Executive Officer, Upsocial Moderator Claudia Pedra, Managing Partner,Stone Soup Consulting

  • Maximising impact through successful Exits

When it comes to exits, we do not always think, at the beginning, what we should do now to ensure we can get out later. What does it take to ensure “mission lock”, which can…

  • Walking the talk: Embracing diversity for social change

Conscience of the fact that diversity, equity and inclusion are key values underlying much of venture philanthropy, this session aims to highlight a few organisations / initiatives supporting values-driven businesses in their achievement of greater…


End of day one

November 04, 2016  
09:00-09:30  Welcome Coffee

Dragon's Den

 Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank is the program where entrepreneurs pitch to investors. Here we turn it around – Social Investors (SI) /Venture Philanthropists (VP) will pitch to an all-star cast of social entrepreneurs instead.…

 11:00 -  11:30

Coffee Break


Break-out Sessions

  • Increasing effectiveness through learning from Failures

 Starting from the EVPA research on failures and its overview of the main causes of failures in VP/SI, experienced speakers will share with the audience their hard-earned insights and advice on how to become more…

  • New VP tools in international development: more resources for more impact?

Speaker: Laure Wessemius, Managing Director,  Cordaid Moderator: Anja-Nadine Koenig, Founder and Director, Social Impact Markets

  • Commit time, not only money. How social organisations grow through non financial support.

This session will explore the value and necessity of non-financial support in venture philanthropy. We will focus on the three key aspects – social impact, financial sustainability and organisational resilience, to spark debate around the…

  • What does Technology means for Venture Philanthropy as both a source of Opportunities and Risks

Despite being somehow resistant to tech-led innovations, the philanthropy space has already been “ tech-invaded”: to enhance improved outreach and effectiveness but as well to promote new instruments in traditional sectors and to enable new…

  • Solidarity Finance in France :How to reach 1 million investors with blended capital ?

This session aims to look at this notion of ‘blended capital’ and solidarity financing from both an investor and investee perspective; highlighting one French example that have received interest from other European actors for possible…

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch and Issues tables
14:30 - 16:00

Break-out sessions

  • Foundations, moving beyond Traditional Grant Giving
  • From ecosystem mapping to ecosystem strengthening - How do we get VP into more toolboxes?

Speakers Richard Gomes, Head of Policy & Advocacy, Shell Foundation Markus Hipp, Chief Executive Officer, BMW Foundation Rebecca Eastmond, Managing Director, JP Morgan Moderator Krisztina Tora, GSEN Lead, GSEN

  • Gaining momentum: How does the Next Generation play impact?

The years to come will see tremendous transfer of wealth to next generations. Applying impact to inherited assets can make a major difference in the world and interest for impact among next generations is growing…

  • What is VP's role in the emerging "climate financing" landscape after the Paris agreement?

  • Cross-Border Crowdfunding in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

With crowdfunding having become an established alternative to classic social impact investment, cross-border activities are emerging fast in parallel. Fuelled by the trans-border characteristics of the internet, this development shifts the usual crowdfunding constellation “platform-project-investor”…

16:00 - 17:00

 Closing of the Conference




Adele Blakebrough
Social Business Trust

    Anja-Nadine König       Social Impact Markets

Audrey Selian
Artha Initiative


        Benjamin Firmenich
Impact Finance Management S.A.


    Betteke de Gaay Fortman
        Karuna Foundation


               Darren Ryan
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland


          Alexandre Mars
          Epic Foundation


Claudia Pedra
Stone Soup Consulting 


Alberto Masetti-Zannini
Impact Hub

          Bjoern Struewer                   Roots of Impact



          Alison Bukhari
           Educate Girls



               Arnaud Gillin

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Fondation Maison de la Chimie
28 rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM - Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM (CET)

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