Impact Investing has gained substantial momentum in both, finance and social entrepreneurship communities over recent years. In addition student demand for course offers as well as supervision of theses on Impact Investing has risen steeply demonstrating a strong interest by the student community in applying finance skills in meaningful ways.
This course, titled Impact Investing: Redefining the Meaning of Return is taking place in March and April 2019 at Master level in the contextual study program of the University of St. Gallen.
To complement and consolidate classroom based learning, the group has had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Impact Investing practitioners during this half day course conference at the Grünenhof confernece venue of UBS Bank in Zurich, Switzerland. Hosted by UBS Sustainable Investing we welcomed speakers from UBS, Vontobel and a Zurich based family office presenting their work as well as their personal path into the impact investing arena before a panel discussion provided ample opportunity for exchange.
In addition the course was privileged to welcome bestselling novelist Jyoti Guptara on the following day at the University of St. Gallen for a session on storytelling and how to build an appealing narrative. The session was tremendously enriching for the course and is supporting the participants in developing their investment pitches which form the core deliverable of the course.