Sourced from the experiences of the Toniic Network’s member investors, this e-guide is a fundamental reference for anyone seeking to understand how to successfully invest at the early stage for both a financial return and social or environmental impact. The guide includes:
A brief overview of impact investing;
A detailed “7-Step Framework”, based on feedback from global impact investors starting with developing your own investment strategy;
Four case studies that explore enterprise development and the types of capital and resources accessed; and
Regional guides that illustrate legal and practical challenges in six major regions across the globe, including lessons learned and peer contact information.
Elizabeth Littlefield, ceo and President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), on Toniic’s e-guide: “Toniic’s very valuable e-guide has the tools to start or enhance your investment strategy, whether your goal is to build value close to home or around the world.” Many experts in the sector of impact investing are endorsing the e-guide: Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of Big Society Capital, Jed Emerson of ImpactAssets, and the world economic forum to name only a few.
Co-author Cathy Clark, Director of CASE i3 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, on early-stage impact investing: “Early-stage is a particularly important and rewarding time in the life of an enterprise for an investor to contribute both key capital and expertise. When a social enterprise is pre-revenue or just beginning to earn revenue, the groundwork is laid for the company’s customers, business model, impact thesis—or its theory of change about how it will create social value— and overall sustainability. This unique period holds tremendous potential for an investor to achieve impact.”
Zia Khan, Vice President, Initiatives and Strategy at The Rockefeller Foundation: “This e-guide from Toniic provides vital information to help those looking to invest in social enterprises that benefit the poor or vulnerable. The diverse case studies contained within this guide come from around the world, and demonstrate the power of layering grant and investment capital to propel the impact investing industry forward. These examples bring valuable perspective from those working on the frontline, and show impact investing in action.”
The document is available on the Toniic website. We hope that you will find the e-guide useful whether you are a veteran of impact investing or a prospective investor.
What Toniic has been up to
We launched our first Fund Investor Call showcasing the following investment opportunities:
Endeavor Catalyst – An innovative impact investment fund to accelerate high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets around the world.
FIRST Fund– Impact investing fund focusing on high-growth companies that deliver essential services and products to low-income families in Brazil.
Azure Partners – The Fund seeks to provide an attractive risk adjusted return through exposure to a portfolio of microfinance Private Equity funds.
Elevar Equity III Fund – Elevar Equity III will invest in growth companies providing financial services, housing, healthcare & education to underserved communities.
Unitus Impact – Unitus Impact’s goal is to improve the livelihoods of the working poor by supporting the growth of scalable, financially attractive ventures
We also hosted calls in October and November showcasing exciting impact investment opportunities in India, Latin America and Africa. If you are interested in learning more about us or joining Toniic, please contact [email protected].
Toniic team and member expansion
As our network expands, Toniic chapters are opening all over the world, in South Africa, Tel Aviv and beyond. In September, the Toniic Annual Meeting gathered 50 members for an unforgettable weekend in Big Sur. This was followed by SOCAP 2013 in San Francisco. In October, the UK Toniic Chapter was launched by Sophie Paquot. On November 7, The New York Toniic Chapter was launched by Joan Trent. On November 20, the Los Angeles Chapter was launched by host member, Eva Yazhari. We look forward to reinforcing our presence both in London, LA and New York with more frequent member meetings and events.
We would also like to welcome our recent new members from the different parts of the globe:
We would like to congratulate John Kohler, MD of Redleaf Venture Management and board member of Toniic Network, who was just named ANDE Member of the Year. John has made a tremendous contribution to the sector over the years and we are proud to have him as an active member of our Network.