Thank you for discussing the hottest topics with impact investor pioneers and peers!

Our IMPACT FIRE TALKS 2022 allowed pioneers, movers and shapers to discover or rekindle their fire for impact, challenge the status quo and talk practice. In five daily sessions over lunchtime and one speed dating, we boosted the passion for impact with highly interactive formats, real-life cases and great experts, pioneers and speakers. FASE and our event partners TONIIC, EBAN and EVPA thank you for participating in the week of March 28 to April 1, 2022.

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These were the main sessions and hot topics that we discussed. A summary of key takeaways and resource for deeper dive are available here.

Session 1 – March 28, 2022:

How do we link incentives to impact? Impact investors have been circling around this topic for quite a while. The first thought that typically comes to mind is linking a fund manager’s carried interest to impact. Also, when asked how to bake impact incentives into investments, most professionals jump right into the topic of impact bonds. But how can we directly incentivise the entrepreneurs on the ground and encourage them to achieve more impact? This session was hosted by Martijn Blom, EVPA & Laura Catana, FASE.

The Pioneers Post article on Impact-Linked Finance

Session 2 – March 29, 2022:

There is a huge potential for a happy marriage between impact and blockchain. Two elements are particularly promising and could radically change the way impact investment processes work: (1) storing any kind of information securely and permanently, and (2) having a smart algorithm that oversees transactions. Out of this, new business models are born that can accelerate the growth of the impact movement. Would you like to see some exciting examples? This session, hosted by Edward Vali, Accelerate Venture Partners & Alexandra Nitzlader, FASE, featured experts and showcases that really ignited the fire for “blockchain4impact”.

Session 3 – March 30, 2022:

We often fall prey to the unrealistic search of unicorns in the impact space. But aren’t most impact ventures actually zebras that are rarely able to provide a 10x exit opportunity? So how can we rethink exits for zebras in a way that avoids mission drift, while remunerating investors for taking the risks? In this session, we discovered uncharted territory with different exit scenarios that include – but are far from being limited to – the typical VC exit route. This session was hosted by Kristin Siegel, TONIIC & Christoph Rohde, FASE.

The Pioneers Post article on Responsible Exits

Session 4 – March 31, 2022:

Hand on heart: Impact investors are very selective with their portfolios and on the surface, it appears as if they have everything under control. But as we peel back the layers of investment decisions, cutting-edge empirical research tells us a totally different story: It reveals the extremely costly cognitive biases beneath. So how can we overcome these biases and pick the right ventures to support? Our experts shared some uneasy facts, challenging truths and surprising solutions. This session was hosted by Johannes Weber, Bundesinitiative Impact Investing & Adrian Fuchs, FASE.

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This event was supported by the Kompetenzzentrum für Soziale Innovationen Deutschland (National Competence Center for Social Innovation Germany), co-financed by the European Union.