Venture dinner to address ‘impact investing’

By Journal Staff on Mon, Jun 17, 2013

Investors, businesspeople and others can learn about the emerging concept of “impact investing” and “social entrepreneurship” at the next Coronado Ventures Forum quarterly dinner on Wednesday at the Prairie Star restaurant at Santa Ana Pueblo.

The event will feature as keynote speaker Penelope Douglas, chair of the board at Mission HUB LLC in California and a pioneer in impact investing. A panel of “social entrepreneurs” will also discuss their experiences and views.

Impact investing is a way for private equity professionals, angel investors and businesspeople to fund and develop ventures that generate measurable impact on social and environmental issues in addition to financial return. The concept has gained force in recent years among socially conscious entrepreneurs who use their business experience and expertise to build sustainable business models for socially oriented ventures.

An estimated $8 billion in impact investments took place in 2012 across all financial asset classes, including private equity and venture and debt capital. Such investments are expected to reach $9 billion this year.

Coronado Ventures Forum, which launched in 1994, aims to educate investors and entrepreneurs about the process of early stage, private equity funding, while providing a gathering point for networking and collaboration.

Attendance at the quarterly dinner costs $22.50 in advance or $25 at the door. The event will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Prairie Star restaurant at 288 Prairie Star Rd. at Santa Ana Pueblo. For more information or to register in advance, visit the CVF website at www.cvf-nm.org/.