Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. There are various definitions on how to specify and measure impact in more deep and concrete way. This is why FiBAN wants to tackle the topic by providing practical tools for business angels in order to be more impact conscious and create more impact.
“Many angels make the investment decision based on the mission of the company rather than basing their investment decision only on expected financial return”, notes Janne Jormalainen, FiBAN’s Chair of the Board. “Therefore, angels consider company impact even if they are not talking about it”, he continues.
New impact investing toolbox for business angels
FiBAN, together with its partner organizations, is working on creating an impact investing guide for business angels. As an outcome, FiBAN will launch an Impact Investing Toolbox at the FiBAN Angel Day on the 19th of November 2019. FiBAN’s toolbox will serve business angels with different needs, and as the impact understanding evolves, so will the toolbox.
“It is important that FiBAN creates common tools for angel investors to evaluate impact investments. Start-ups claiming to make impact have to be able to demonstrate it with measurable results”, states Jormalainen.
After creating frameworks and gathering valuable materials on impact investing, the next step is to share the best practices to business angels. Notable impact investors and organisations with core impact competences will be invited to participate as guest lecturers in FiBAN Academy and trainings. Also some self-study materials produced from expert advisors and peer-to-peer tips will be available for angel investors.
Tips for more impact conscious action
While FiBAN continues developing the impact investing toolbox for business angels, there are various players that have been doing great things in the field of impact investing. To start with, here are some tips for you to start being more impact conscious right away.
If you have some ideas on how business angels should tackle impact investing, please share your thoughts with us:
Text: Heidi Tawast, Photos: Wasim Al-Nasser
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