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ESADE Business School

The Fundamental Course on Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing

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About the course


Are you new in the sector of venture philanthropy and impact investing? Then this is the right course for you to deepen your knowledge and grow your network!

"The Fundamental Course on Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing" is specifically designed to offer participants who are new to the sector with the fundamental tool-kit to practice venture philanthropy (VP) and impact investing (II).

As a participant, you will:

  • acquire the knowledge to develop an impact-centric funding strategy.
  • understand the entire investment process, including techniques used for due diligence, closing and structuring of deals, governance aspects of a VP/II organisation, how to manage an impactful exit and portfolio management.

Case studies and a focus on day-to-day practice will be at the heart of the training: you will be provided with ready-to-use strategies, tools & materials to work on during the workshops. Experienced VP/II practitioners from all over Europe will share their insights and will work with you on the key practices of VP/II, including how to set up a VP/II organsation, how to define a theory of change from the perspective of the investor and how to deploy the most impactful financial strategy.

The structure of the course

The course is co-designed jointly by EVPA and ESADE Business School and it combines a preparatory session (starting 15 days prior to the training) using the online learning platform with two days of face-to-face interaction with leading professors and practitioners in Barcelona. After the training you will have the chance to work on your own action plan to develop or revise your impact strategy and you will receive a feedback at the end of the programme.


EVPA and ESADE will award an executive education joint certificate of the course “The fundamental course on venture philanthropy and impact investing” to the participants who have successfully completed the program and the assignments.

Who should attend

The training is designed for practitioners with less than two years of experience. The course targets professionals from foundations, impact investing funds, banks and financial institutions, public administration, NGOs and corporations with an interest in developing an impact-centric funding approach.

Trust the experts

Lisa Hehenberger

Education Ph.D. in Management. IESE Business School, University of Navarra CEMS Master. HEC Paris Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration. Stockholm School of Economics Areas of interest Venture philanthropy and social impact investment Social Entrepreneurship Field const...


Fabio Segura

Fabio Segura is Head of International Programs at Jacobs Foundation, where he is responsible for leading the foundation’s international programs and financing. Previously he served as Senior Investment Manager at LGT Venture Philanthropy, where he has led and grown the organisation's investment...


Lena Vasilopoulou

Lena joined EVPA as a Training Intern in December 2017. She holds a MSc in Educational Sciences from KU Leuven and a BSc in Chemistry. She specialized in Professional Learning for both profit and non-profit organisations and in Designing Learning Environments. Lena has many years of experience ...


Vincent Fauvet

Vincent is the Executive Chairman at Investir&+ Vincent started his carrer as a humanitarian worker in the refugees camps in Thailand, in India and then in Cambodia. Then he became an investment banker in France and Latin America. He came back to Europe to be the CEO of a retail group durin...


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