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Julia Santander joined imvest for a panel discussing “Investing in Low Carbon Strategies”, reflecting on the importance of sustainable business models like the ones financed by EcoEnterprises Fund to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture in Latin America.

September, 2020


EcoEnterprises Fund contributes to "Impact Investing in Latin America", recently published by Aspen Network of Development Enterpreneurs (ANDE). During a virtual event organized by ANDE to celebrate the launch of the report, Julia Santander served as a panelist on the “Importance of Impact Investments to achieve Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation.”

September, 2020


Nathalie Prado participates as a judge on a business plan pitch panel at the WeXchange 2020 for high-growth women STEMpreneurs in Latin America sponsored by IDB Lab

September, 2020

Biodiversity Finance Initiative

EcoEnterprises Fund portfolio company Kiwa and Martin Acosta, CEO highlighted in post with Tammy E. Newmark “In the Hunt for Profit, Don’t forget People.

August, 2020

Biodiversity Finance Initiative

Tammy E. Newmark served as an opening speaker for a Latin America regional conference sponsored by the Biodiversity Finance Initiative of United Nations Development Programme. She discussed how sustainable companies have adeptly managed challenges presented by Covid-19 while upholding underlying social and environmental impacts.

August, 2020


Sandra Zapata, CEO from portfolio company Ecoflora Cares, highlights EcoEnterprises Fund in a webinar sponsored by Biointropic on how a biodiversity-based business develops products for the marketplace. 

July, 2020

Julia Santander leads a webinar for ProColombia, “Food Talks & Finance: Inversiones con impacto social y ambiental en el sector agricola - EcoEnterprises Fund” which focuses on the Fund’s investment process.

June, 2020

Nathalie Prado participates as a speaker for a World Resources Institute and Initiative 20X20 webinar, “From Idea to Business: Tools and Methods to Scale Restoration Businesses” which explores entrepreneurial challenges to the viability of landscape restoration businesses.

May, 2020

Biodiversity Finance Initiative

EcoEnterprises Fund is featured in publication issued by the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) of the United Nations Development Programme, “Moving Mountains: Unlocking Private Capital for Biodiversity and Ecosystems.”

April, 2020

For the 8th year in a row, EcoEnterprises Fund is selected as featured investment manager by ImpactAssets 50

February, 2020

Ceniarth highlights investment in EcoEnterprises Fund as part of their focus on impact-first investments, transactions that maximize impact in underserved communities.

December, 2019

Tammy E. Newmark serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Equator Prize. The winners of such global initiative, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme, represents outstanding community and indigenous initiatives that are advancing nature-based solutions for climate change and local sustainable development.

October, 2019

EcoEnterprises Fund becomes FinDev Canada’s First 2XChallenge Investment, qualifying for the 2X Challenge based on two criteria, namely women in senior leadership at fund manager level and the proportion of portfolio companies expected to meet the 2X criteria.
“We are proud to support a women-led Fund with a solid track record of helping environmentally sustainable businesses in Latin America scale their operations” said Paul Lamontagne, Managing Director of FinDev Canada. “We believe the private sector is key to address climate change and to empower women in rural areas, where they are often more vulnerable to inequalities.”

September, 2019

Development finance institution FinDev Canada is cited in ImpactAlpha.com for investing in EcoEnterprises Fund as part of their Global 2X Challenge to encourage development finance institutions to get more capital flowing to women. FinDev cited EcoEnterprises’ female leadership as the 2X Challenge tie.   

May, 2019

Julia Santander speaks at UEBS 2019

Managing Director of investments, Julia Santander, discusses EcoEnterprises Fund’s contribution to “Closing the Funding Gap" in Conservation Finance during the 2019 UEBT “Beauty of Sourcing with Respect" Conference. This annual conference of EcoEnterprises Fund’s strategic partner, the Union for Ethical Biotrade, brings together companies from the beauty, food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors to explore and advance issues such as ethical sourcing practices in global supply chains, Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regulations, biodiversity-based R&D trends and evolving consumer expectations.

May, 2019

Tammy Newmark is featured in the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT)’s recent newsletter. EcoEnterprises Fund is teaming up with UEBT in its third fund to identify and support pioneering community-based businesses that are setting an example establishing fair and equitable supply chains and using Latin America's rich biodiversity for the benefit of smallholder producers, rural communities and clients. The Fund will work with select candidates to build capacities and propel their long-term sustainable growth.
Read the interview here.

March, 2019

alterna New Ventures

Structured exits have emerged as an alternative form of flexible capital most needed by impact enterprises. At FLII (Latin America Impact Investing Forum) 2019, Julia Santander serves as a speaker at the “Masterclass on Structured Exits" sharing EcoEnterprises Fund's pioneering work in structuring these tailored instruments.

February, 2019

For the 7th year in a row, EcoEnterprises Fund is selected as featured investment manager by ImpactAssets 50

February, 2019

alterna New Ventures

Nathalie Prado serves as a panelist at Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto Centroamérica y El Caribe for two sessions, adding her expertise to a discussions on scaling ecotourism ventures, and structuring tailored financing for diverse range of small and growing businesses in emerging markets.  

November, 2018

Tammy Newmark and Julia Santander speak on panels on “Conservation Finance” and “Climate-Smart Agriculture”, respectively,  during SOCAP 2018, sharing insights and lessons learned from two decades of working with nature-based businesses.  

October, 2018

Tammy Newmark serves as a speaker during UN’s Climate Week for, “Forests & Finance Dialogue: Shifting private sector finance to accelerate forest action.” The panel explored how to accelerate the finance of inclusive, small-scale forest-based enterprises and increase green investment for sustainable forestry. View the event report here

September, 2018

Julia Santander participates in a coaching session for scholarship entrepreneurs at CLIIQ (Cumbre Latinoamericana de Inversión de Impacto Quito), sponsored by Impaqto, an Ecuadorian accelerator for impact-driven entrepreneurship in Latin America. Impaqto’s report “The second wave: Promoting a second decade of impact investing in frontier markets in Latin America”, features EcoEnterprises Fund as a case study. Download the report here

September, 2018

Impact Assets logo

EcoEnterprises Fund is showcased in the Impact Assets 2018 Impact Report

September, 2018

Alimi Impact Ventures discusses EcoEnterprises Fund’s investment in Sambazon as one of six successful models for replication during its 2018 conference on Impact Investing in Climate-Smart Agriculture in Brazil. Read more here

August, 2018

Nathalie Prado serves as a judge at an award competition in Costa Rica for innovative environmental businesses in Latin America sponsored by Viva Idea,  which promotes entrepreneurship learning and support in Latin America. 

August, 2018

Nathalie Prado serves as panelist on innovative capital investments at the Sustainable Landscape in Mesoamerica Dialogue held by CATIE in Costa Rica.

July, 2018

Managing director of investments, Nathalie Prado, comments in Latin Finance on Central American impact investing trends: "We’re seeing a phenomenon towards agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, emerging technologies, biopesticides and natural organic products. These are all moving very rapidly".

June, 2018

Tammy Newmark serves as a speaker at Europe’s leading forum on development with this year’s theme “#She is We”. Sponsored by European Investment Bank, her panel focuses on women and investment

June, 2018

EcoEnterprises Fund participates at the most recent Latin American Impact Investing Forum in Mexico at which Nathalie Prado serves as an expert panelist on "The Rise of Sustainable Ecotourism".

February, 2018

Julia Santander, Managing Director, serves as speaker at ImpactForum 2018 - Investing Globally for Social Impact and Profit, discussing EcoEnterprises Fund’s approach as an example for impact investment strategies with a track record.

February, 2018

IA 50 2017-2018

February, 2018: For the 6th year in a row, EcoEnterprises Fund is selected as featured investment manager by ImpactAssets 50.

February, 2018

Bio Match 2017

Julia Santander, Managing Director, is a speaker at BIOMATCH 2017 in Lima, Peru  discussing the economic potential and long-lasting impacts of sustainable, biodiversity-based businesses across Latin America.

December, 2017

Real Leaders

EcoEnterprises Fund is subject of a case study in Clarmondial's "Capitalising Conservation Report". The case study can be found on page 46 of the report here.

November, 2017

Real Leaders

Tammy Newmark is interviewed by Amy Bennett of  Impact Assets in Real Leaders about her pioneering role in the impact investing field as CEO and Managing Partner of EcoEnterprises Fund.

November, 2017


Impact Alpha notes the increasing financial viability of Impact Investing, quoting Tammy Newmark of EcoEnterprises Fund, who said its third successively bigger fund for companies creating sustainable livelihoods for local communities shows that investors are satisfied.

September, 2017

Private Wealth

EcoEnterprises Fund is mentioned in Private Wealth, citing their inclusion in the donor advised fund, ImpactAssets Giving Fund.

September, 2017

Private Wealth

EcoEnterprises Fund is cited in B the Change for "breaking ground by investing in companies with multiple conservation, restoration, and sustainable-production objectives, including great B Corps like Runa".

September, 2017

Feed the Future

EcoEnterprises Fund featured in Impact Assets 2016 Annual Impact Report, “A Year in Motion: At the Intersection of Philanthropy & Impact Investing”.

September, 2017

Feed the Future

John McKenna, Managing Director appears in "A Better Way: The Market for Biological Products in Latin America." EcoEnterprises Fund portfolio companies, Ecoflora Agro and Durabilis (Fairfruit) are also showcased in the presentation from the Partnering for Innovation conference sponsored by Feed the Future in Guatemala.

September, 2017

Nathalie Prado, Managing Director discusses EcoEnterprises Fund's ecotourism portfolio in "Ecotourism Investment Begins to Flourish" for the Conservation Finance Network.  

August, 2017

Feed the Future

EcoEnterprises Fund accepted as a high-impact investment option for ImpactAssets, Giving Fund.

August, 2017

Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship

EcoEnterprises Fund is cited in "Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship".
Jones, Geoffrey. Oxford University Press. 

June, 2017

For the 5th year in a row, EcoEnterprises Fund is selected as featured investment manager by ImpactAssets 50.

February, 2017

World Resources Institute

The Croatan Institute features EcoEnterprises Fund in its paper "Climate-Related Investment for Resilient Communities”, which presents best-in-class investment opportunities in solutions to climate change that pursue both positive environmental and social, community-level impacts, helping institutional investors align investment portfolios with the transition to a just, low-carbon economy.

December, 2016

World Resources Institute

EcoEnterprises Fund is featured as a lead impact investment fund contributing to World Resources Institute’s 20x20 Initiative’s goal to restore 20 million hectares of degraded land in Latin America by 2020.
View report

December, 2016

The Multilateral International Fund (MIF) highlights EcoEnterprises Fund’s critical contribution to the protection of the world’s biological diversity and natural resources, the promotion of climate-smart agricultural practices to increase resilience in rural value chains, and the creation of conditions necessary for sustainable and inclusive economic growth and prosperity. The MIF announces its participation in EcoEnterprises Fund’s third fund under management that will launch in 2017. Read more at MIF’s blog here.

December, 2016


ELIS Costa Rica 2016

Nathalie Prado, Managing Director, is a panelist at ELIS Costa Rica 2016 discussing impact investment as a tool for social innovation. 

November, 2016


Tammy Newmark serves as a speaker at Sustainatopia Boston on a panel, "Going Mainstream with Impact Investing"

October, 2016

TBLI Conference Nordic

Tammy Newmark serves as a speaker at TBLI Conference Nordic on a panel on Impact Investing and Institutional Barriers.

September, 2016

SOCAP 2016

John McKenna, Managing Director of EcoEnterprises Fund, speaks on the panel Investing in Sustainable Agriculture during SOCAP 2016.

September, 2016

EcoEnterprises Fund participates in the ANDE Annual Conference 2016.

September, 2016

Link to “The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America”

EcoEnterprises Fund contributes to the first of its kind report for Latin America, “The Impact Investing Landscape in Latin America”, published by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

August, 2016

Julia Santander represents EcoEnterprises Fund as a juror during the LAB4+ Social Venture Day Competition in Lima, a platform for emerging social enterprises in the region to pitch their business ideas to potential investors.

June, 2016

Catalyzing Wealth for Change: Guide to Impact Investing

EcoEnterprises Fund is featured as an exemplary impact investment success story in this year’s Guide to Impact Investing "Catalyzing Wealth for Change: Guide to Impact Investing” published by Dr. Julia Balandina-Jaquier in cooperation with Triodos Investment Management.

May, 2016

blue moon celebrating female partners

On International Women's Day blue moon fund thanks and celebrates female partners, recognizing Tammy Newmark and EcoEnterprises for their role in supporting blue moon fund's efforts building a mission-aligned portfolio and enter the world of impact investing.

March, 2016

Tammy Newmark, CEO of EcoEnterprises Fund, gives a presentation at the Washington, DC offices of the Multilateral International Fund, (MIF), outlining the Fund's history and successful track record since 2000, as well as plans for the launch of a third fund by year's end. Read more at MIF's blog here.

February, 2016


EcoEnterprises Fund is highlighted as innovative investment model inScaling Up Investment & Finance for Integrated Landscape Management – Policy Briefpresented in the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015.

December, 2015


For the 4th year in a row, EcoEnterprises Fund is selected as featured investment manager by ImpactAssets 50.

December, 2015

The European Investment Bank joins EcoEnterprises Fund in a visit to portfolio companies Runa and Terrafertil in in Ecuador on the eve of COP 21 Paris Climate Conference in December 2015.

December, 2015

Nathalie Prado, Managing Director, speaks on two panels during the ANDE Annual Conference 2015, discussing challenges to successful exits in the impact investing space and reflecting on sustainability strategies for SGBs.

September, 2015

EcoEnterprises Fund is cited in Global Landscapes Forum for "breaking ground by investing in companies with multiple conservation, restoration and sustainable production objectives".

September, 2015

From Business Wire: NurturMe, the family of certified-organic dried baby food and toddler snacks, has secured $1.5 million in growth expansion capital from EcoEnterprises Fund to help accelerate its growth as the first and only brand to offer pure organic quinoa products for babies and toddlers, as well as scale its social and environmental impact. Read more here... 

May, 2015

Endeavor's High Impact Entrepreneurship Blog spotlights EcoEnterprises Fund's recent investment in Ecoflora. The investment represents the first investment of the Fund in a Colombian company. Based in Medellin, Ecoflora is an innovative business that focuses on developing biopesticides and offering clients a natural solution for integrated and sustainable pest and disease management. Read more here... 

November, 2014

EcoEnterprises Fund is cited in Bain & Company report on Impact Investing in Latin America: "... EcoEnterprises Fund, focusing on Central America, has also delivered on its environmental and financial promises in its first investment portfolio. The first portfolio created more than 3,500 jobs and conserved nearly a million hectares of land, benefiting 293 communities and conservation groups. Thanks to that success, it has raised a second fund and is currently invested in successful businesses, including Runa, an Amazon rainforest tea export and bottling business".

November, 2014


EcoEnterprises Fund announces its Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative in NYC at the convening of global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Tammy Newmark serves as speaker: “Can impact investing prioritize profit, people, and the planet?”

September, 2014

EcoEnterprises Fund is featured in JPMorgan Chase Corporate Responsibility Report 2013, (page 24).

May, 2014

EcoEnterprises Fund is featured in Common Fund for Commodities Annual Report 2013, (page 25).

December, 2013

Barron's Blog, Penta Daily, mentions EcoEnterprises Fund in their 12/20/13 entry: "Social-Impact Investing Is On The Rise.

December, 2013


EcoEnterprises Fund applauds G8 support for impact investment.

June, 2013

EcoEnterprises Fund is shortlisted for Sustainable Investor of the Year  by The Financial Times and International Finance Corp. for 2013.

June, 2013

Tammy Newmark gives an interview in WorldTrade Executive Newsletter VE-LA.

May, 2013

EcoEnterprises Fund becomes a member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).


"EcoEnterprises Fund's Experience in Sustainable Forestry" is featured in the European Tropical Forest Research Network publication: "Good Business Making Private Investment Work For Tropical Forest", (page 67).

December, 2012

Tammy Newmark, CEO of EcoEnterprises Fund, participates in the panel discussion: “Impact investing: on its way to mainstream?” in Upsides online magazine.

May, 2012

In depth-feature of the all-female EcoEnterprises Fund team on the Women You Should Know website for Earth Day 2012.

April, 2012

EcoEnterprises Fund becomes member of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.


EcoEnterprises Fund is included in the April 2012 Triodos Emerging Markets e-zine.

March, 2012

The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) features EcoEnterprises Fund II in its LatAm Venture Bulletin.

March, 2012

EcoEnterprises Fund is included in“Building Biodiversity Business”.
World Conservation Union, (page 145).

March, 2009

link to global envision site

EcoEnterprises Fund is showcased in “Faces of Globalization: Organic Shrimp”.
Barclay, Eliza. United Press International.

June, 2004

link to Nature Conservancy Magazine

Ecoenterprises Fund is mentioned in "The Chocolate Forest and Other Delicious Ideas".
Niiler, Eric. Nature Conservancy Magazine. 

Spring, 2002

link to Christian Science Monitor website

EcoEnterprises Fund is cited in "Natural Capitalism".
Knickerbocker, Brad. The Christian Science Monitor.

January, 2001

link to Environmental Finance website

Ecoenterprises Fund is featured in "Beyond the Dotcoms".
Bayon, Ricardo. Environmental Finance.

October, 2000

link to Financial Times website

EcoEnterprises Fund is mentioned in "Put Your Ethics to Work".
Burnett, Vicky. Financial Times: XXV.

May, 2000

link to Latin Finance website

EcoEnterprises Fund is included in "Clean, Green and Latin".
Galloway, Jennifer. Latin Finance: vol 116.

April, 2000

Link to NYT Business World

Tammy Newmark quoted in "In Brazil, Investing For the Good of Nature".
The The New York Times, Business World.

February,  2000 

EcoEnterprises Fund mentioned in "Helping Coffee Growers Do Deals".
The Wall Street Journal.

January, 2000

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