2811 Launches Impact Investing Lab
Communiqué / 2811 launches platform to make visible the impact investment sector in Colombia. On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9, together with more than 50 people representing various organizations including investors, businessmen, business foundations, social entrepreneurs and universities in Bogotá, we launched the new platform www.ecosistemadeimpacto.org whose main objective is to make visible, connect and train to the different actors within the impact investment ecosystem in Latin America. The launch took place within the framework of the event “Education in Impact Investment: A dialogue between universities and investors” organized by CESA and 2811, with the support of CESA’s Center for Corporate Governance Studies (CEGC) and the Development Bank. of Latin America CAF. This space was convened with the objective of promoting a collaborative dialogue and making visible the importance of integrating all the actors, particularly the Academy, as a necessary part in the construction and articulation of the impact investment ecosystem in the country.
The space was developed in two parts, the first, led by CESA, to raise academic awareness around ESG criteria (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) and the second, led by 2811, on the state of the investment ecosystem of impact in Colombia and the role of the academy in its construction.
In the first part of the day, CESA professors María Andrea Trujillo and Alexander Guzmán presented their research: “Investor perception of social, environmental and government practices: a preliminary analysis for Latin America”, and Oscar Árdila, Relations Director with Investors and Responsible Investment at AshmoreAVENIDA, explained how they have developed a tool that integrates ESG (ESG) criteria into decision-making processes.
In the second part of the day, 2811 opened the conversation regarding the way in which the academy, from research, training and extension, can contribute to strengthening the impact investment sector and engage productively with entrepreneurs and investors. that are operating in the country today. A panel was held with the participation of different actors from the ecosystem: Juliana Zarate, co-founder of Mucho, Cristina Espinosa, Senior Investment Associate at Acumen Latam Capital Partners – ALCP, Juan Pablo Díaz, General Director of Fondo Impacta, César Rodríguez, Investment Manager of Fondo Inversor, and Nicolás Díaz, professor of financial analysis at CESA. In the last part of the event, everyone who attended was brought into the conversation, given their experience and variety of organizations they represented.
2811 facilitated and participated in this conversation and had the opportunity to share the progress regarding the mapping of impact investors that began in Colombia and the main findings related to the opportunities and challenges for the sector in the country, published at www.ecosistemadeimpacto. org; dynamic mapping that will continue to be strengthened, including other actors in the ecosystem, such as Academia, entrepreneurs, articulators, accelerators, in Colombia and in Latin America. Additionally, 2811 presented the initiative called “Community of Learning and Practice in Impact Investment for Universities”, whose pilot is being carried out this semester with the Tec de Monterrey, Guadalajara campus, with the participation of professors, students and with the support of the CAF. Everyone is welcome to participate in this community! (If you want to know more about it and how to participate, you can contact Juanita at firstname.lastname@example.org).
In this way, 2811 ratifies its mission, through ecosystemdeimpacto.org, to make visible, connect and train the different actors within the impact investment ecosystem in Latin America, and include the Academy – teachers, students and administrators – as a vital part in the dialogues and construction of the impact ecosystem and the development of the human talent required in the region.
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