How have innovative impact ventures responded to the challenges of COVID-19? On 22 September, from 15:30 to 16:30, eight SIT Alumni will present their innovative solutions online at the annual conference of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), “Building Alliances for Impact”.

Speakers for the eight start-ups from five countries will share their experience but also look to attract investments – funding, network contacts, additional resources – that will help them scale the impact of their ventures.

The eight start-ups and speakers are: Adopta un Abuelo – Alberto Cabanes (Ageing, Spain), Bayes Impact – Paul Duan (Employment, France), Knok – Jose Bastos (Health, Portugal), Koiki – Aitor Ojanguren (Inclusion, Spain), MyMind – Krystian Fikert (Health, Ireland), Quid – Valeria Valotto (Sustainability, Italy), Speak – Rita Brito e Faro (Inclusion, Portugal) and Ultraspecialisti – Antonio Sammarco (Health, Italy)

Their stories were presented this summer on the Institute’s website and all of them participated in the Institute’s Scaling Impact programme at Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics (Portugal). The session will be moderated by Professor Filipe Santos (Dean, Católica-Lisbon) and Luisa Ferreira, Head of the Institute’s Social Programme.

The Institute’s partnership with the EVPA started in 2017, with the organisation of the first Institute’s session within the EVPA Annual conference. Created in 2004, the EVPA helps investors and grantmakers connect and learn from each other in their pursuit of deeper societal impact. It brings together a diverse community with a common interest in venture philanthropy and social investment.