Ten SIT Alumni pitched their innovative solutions to investors during the Investors for Impact forum organised in Brussels from 1 to 2 December as part of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Impact Week.

From a device that, combining liver, kidney, lung support and fast blood pH correction, can improve patient survival  to a language-free and evidence-based pedagogical programme for improving the development of early visual-spatial, cognitive and mathematical abilities for 3-9 year-olds, speakers for the ten start-ups from eight countries shared their experience and projects, looking to attract investments — funding, network contacts, additional resources — that will help them scale the impact of their ventures.

The ten impact heroes were: ADVOS (Germany), Angiodroid (Italy), Dendra Systems and Lixea (UK), EKUI and The Newsroom (Portugal), Magrid (Luxembourg), MIWA (Czech Republic), PlasticFri (Sweden) and SkillLab (The Netherlands),

These high impact ventures are all members of the SIT Alumni network and participants in the Institute’s Scaling Impact Programme organised in collaboration with Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics (Portugal). The session was moderated by Professor Filipe Santos (Dean, Católica-Lisbon) and Luisa Ferreira, Head of Social at the Institute.

The Institute’s partnership with the EVPA started in 2017, with the organisation of the Institute’s first session within the EVPA Annual Conference. Created in 2004, the EVPA helps investors and grant makers 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.

Click here for the event booklet.