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Maximilian Martin

Opinion Maximilian Martin 1 September 2014

Time for a total-sector perspective on impact investing

Can the longer-term, holistically minded capital that impact investors provide create wider impact in catalytic industries that affect millions of people, and in countries whose success in modernizing could have regional or global implications? We …

Opinion 1 Maximilian Martin 10 June 2014

Corporate impact venturing: building the pipeline of later-stage opportunities for impact investors

How to stimulate the venture stage of the impact investing market with fresh ideas has stubbornly remained an open question. However, an answer in the form of corporate venture capital that considers impact (or corporate …

Opinion Maximilian Martin 2 June 2014

Building the social enterprises of the future with hybrid financing

Globalization, long-term demographic trends, changing consumer preferences, and the state of public finances are collectively driving the emergence of an integrated social capital market for the first time in human history, currently valued at US$46 …

News Maximilian Martin 15 May 2014

Impact Starter launched to bring talent to social entrepreneurship

Entering the social entrepreneurship sector needs to be far more accessible for talent. The number of established pathways such as Ashoka—which has focused on identifying, selecting, and supporting promising social entrepreneurs since 1980—or spatial opt-in …

Opinion Maximilian Martin 30 April 2014

Making Impact Investible: The Implications for Japan

The 4th Impact Economy Symposium & Retreat will be held from June 13-15, 2014 at the shores of Lake Constance in Switzerland. The event annually convenes key influencers, thought leaders, and practitioners from the worlds …

News Maximilian Martin 10 January 2014

Is there a role for philanthropy in catalysing a shift to sustainable value chains?

The world’s garment and textile industry reached US$3 trillion in turnover in 2011, encompassing clothing, textiles, footwear and luxury goods. What’s more, it directly creates more than 20 million jobs around the world. But pressure …

Conference reports Maximilian Martin 25 October 2012

Getting ready for the sea change: notes from the launch of Impact Economy in North America

Around the world, ‘impact’ is gradually moving to centre stage. Reported impact investments are up from 1,105 in 2010 to 2,213 in 2011 (see Insight into the Impact Investment Market); the number of impact-oriented funds …

Opinion Maximilian Martin 1 September 2012

Investors’ perspectives: Zooming in from 10,000 feet

As the ‘next gen’ successor to capital markets focused on a single bottom line, impact investing is at a fascinating juncture. The loss of confidence in banks and mainstream investments appears to be with us …

Analysis Maximilian Martin 1 June 2007

Intervening at the inflection point

Philanthropy harbours an interesting paradox. Structurally, charitable foundations can be designed to operate in the long run, in principle in perpetuity. For example, the largest charitable grant-giver to London-only causes, the City Bridge Trust, dates …