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Data gathering initiatives such as the EDCI will bring answers to the ‘why are we doing this?’ question.
Johannes Weber, Ananda Impact Ventures
In an investment space that is still young, Ananda Impact Ventures can boast a rare feat: the full realisation of an impact venture capital fund. 'Look, cash over cash, this has worked,' says founder Johannes Weber.
The Manchester-headquartered firm invested in the company in 2021 from both its impact and buyout funds.
Most investors are looking for market-rate returns from their impact investments, according to data gathered by the Global Impact Investing Network.
Nearly half of portfolio companies in impact funds exceed GPs' financial performance targets at exit, which is 'encouraging for a traditional investor who's thinking about investing in impact'.
Balancing risk, return and maximum impact is ‘a lot of work’ and doable, says Matt Christensen, the asset manager’s global head of sustainable and impact investing.
Pensions have a fiduciary duty to invest for impact – and can blend risk and return projections to meet portfolio-level thresholds while achieving impact, said panelists at the Impact Investor Global Summit.
There has been a 'complete failure' to convince the wider market of the financial returns of impact investment, says Trill Impact founder Jan Ståhlberg.
Goldman Sachs manages Apple’s first Restore Fund, launched in 2021 with a $200m commitment.
The CEE manager sold Polish canned fish company Graal for a 3x cash-on-cash return after focusing on governance and water wastage.

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