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Calculating the value of Impact Investing

As concerns about scarcity and inequality become increasingly urgent, many investors are eager to generate both business and social returns—to “do well by doing good.” One avenue is impact investing: directing capital to ventures that are expected to yield social and environmental benefits as well as profits. But there’s a problem: Although the business world…

Impact measurement and management

Understanding how to effectively measure and manage impact is critical to ensuring impact investors are achieving their desired impact results to address the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. In this section, you will find guidance, information, tools, and other resources designed to help you navigate and implement impact management into your day-to-day operating…

The secret ingredient that one successful VC’s winning bets all have in common

Bryan Roberts, a partner at the venture capital firm Venrock, has a portfolio most investors would envy. Nine companies in his health- and biotech-focused portfolio have reached a valuation of $1 billion or more. This year he is 58th on the Forbes Midas list of the top 100 venture capitalists. When Roberts makes an investment,…

Venture capitalists need to stay within their remit after Investing

With billions of VC dollars currently invested in startups across the globe, it’s encouraging to see recent reports suggesting that the vast majority of VC-backed startups look to be capable of surviving the ongoing pandemic. But while VCs have rightly stepped up their efforts to support portfolio companies through the crisis, it’s important that investors…

Private equity exits: Enabling the exit process to create significant value

The last critical step of the private equity (PE) investment process, the exit, can greatly affect the final return on investment. Even after years of doing all the right things—including taking a proactive approach to ownership, aligning performance incentives, and being thoughtful about M&A—a poorly planned or executed exit can turn a good deal into…

Structuring the deal

After completing due diligence and selecting portfolio companies, the structure of the investment with the portfolio company must be negotiated and confirmed. The investment instrument should meet both GP and portfolio company financing needs, have a clear process for its deployment, and imply a strategy for ultimate exit. Deal Structuring: Instruments As a first step…