EcoEnterprises Fund joined over 350 representatives from impact funds, incubators, accelerators, multilaterals, foundations and corporations for the first conference organized by Latimpacto in Colombia. In line with the conference theme “Impact Minds: Standing together” we welcomed the opportunity to explore ways to connect with new stakeholders across the region and continue to build a healthier and better planet for all.
EcoEnterprises Fund has been selected by Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and USAID for ANDE Gender Lens Investment Pay for Results Fund. We are excited to work with ANDE and our investees to boost gender performance across our portfolio, enhance environmental and social evaluation throughout our investment process and share our learnings.
Julia Santander and Anna Schaefer represented EcoEnterprises Fund at FLII 2022, the leading Latin American Impact Investment conference. Santander served as a panelist on “Going beyond COP26”, discussing innovative instruments for climate finance and the importance of an integrated climate and biodiversity strategy as well as on “Más allá del AgTech”, highlighting the Fund’s approach to stimulate natural capital investment.
EcoEnterprises Fund is selected as a 2022 Emeritus Impact Manager by ImpactAssets 50 to recognize the Fund’s demonstrative achievements to generate positive impact by ImpactAssets each year since the launch of its list a decade ago.
UNDP Learning for Nature platform is offering its free online course on Green Entrepreneurship for the second year. EcoEnterprises Fund provided case studies and lessons learned as part of the course. The first session reached nearly 2,000 participants from 165 countries.
Tammy Newmark is featured in the Climate Taskforce’s impact cases, Ways to Gender-Smart Climate Finance: Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Restoration highlighting EcoEnterprises Fund’s leadership in gender-smart biodiversity investments.
EcoEnterprises Fund’s Tammy Newmark and CEO Sandra Zapata of Fund portfolio company Ecoflora highlighted in Irish Examiner article "The smart climate money is on women” by Marjut Falkstedt, secretary general of the European Investment Bank.
EcoEnterprises Fund is a case study in The Gender-Smart Climate Finance Guide’s toolkit. Sponsored by the 2x Collaborative, a global industry body which promotes gender lens investing, the toolkit enables investors to identify opportunities and mitigate risks in gender and climate finance.
EcoEnterprises Fund joins the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures which is pioneering efforts to improve and increase reporting of climate-related financial information in investment and risk management.
John McKenna appears with portfolio company Ecoflora in Partnerships for Forests piece highlighting the importance of forests for economic ecosystems and climate resilience for local communities.
Tammy Newmark showcases EcoEnterprises Fund’s innovative investments in biodiversity, part of the Banco de México and CEMLA conference on Biodiversity and Environmental Challenges for the Financial System.
Julia Santander represents EcoEnterprises Fund at the “Ecuador Open for Business 2021” Investment Summit in Quito, the most important investment summit in the country that brought together investors, business leaders, government officials and high-profile experts to discuss investment opportunities and important trends such as sustainable investment strategies and gender lens investing.
EcoEnterprises Fund is highlighted in the European Private Equity’s Real Deals Future 40: Impact Investment Funds - a showcase for funds at the forefront of private markets investment, making a measurable difference for our society and environment.
EcoEnterprises Fund becomes a supporter of the Partnership for Biodiversity Accounting Financials which provides guidance to financial institutions can effectively manage and report on biodiversity risks and opportunities and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) announced case studies at the COP 26 Climate Summit featuring leaders collaborating with business and local communities to transition to inclusive and regenerative food and land use systems. Thank you to Just Rural Transition for including our work.
EcoEnterprises Fund is shortlisted for the Transformational Business Award 2021 sponsored by Financial Times and the International Finance Corp. The 2021 awards honor efforts to ensure an environmentally and socially resilient recovery by contributing to progress in smart agriculture and sustainable supply chains. EcoEnterprises Fund is featured as one of the innovative financial solutions to boost female empowerment and women-led businesses in traditionally underserved sectors.
EcoEnterprises Fund is featured at the UNDP/UNEP/Convention on Biological Diversity-sponsored Nature for Life Hub 2021, focused on creating a nature-positive future – Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Anna Schaefer presents “Shifting the Balance: Putting communities at the center of sustainable production.”
EcoEnterprises Fund becomes a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), joining a community of nearly 6,000 companies globally that have committed to making a difference for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Established by UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards.
Tammy Newmark was a featured keynote at a monthly webinar of the Vermont Women’s Investor Network. The Vermont Women’s Investor Network, a partner of the Northern New England Women’s Investor Network supports all women, trans and gender non-conforming investors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Vermont to create positive environmental and social impact while generating a financial return.
Julia Santander represents EcoEnterprises Fund as a panelist during the IDB Group’s “One Region, One Commitment” summit, sharing the Fund’s perspective on financial instruments and tailored support mechanisms suited to bolster impact businesses across the region. See the full conversation about “How can start-ups and entrepreneurs address climate change and biodiversity?” here.
EcoEnterprises Fund becomes a signatory to the Operating Principles for Impact Management, joining a community of 132 investors from 33 countries that have committed to implementing a global standard for impact management.
EcoEnterprises Fund is featured at FinDev Canada’s webinar for the launch of FinDev Canada’s 2020 Annual Report. Tammy Newmark participates as a panelist on a discussion of “Supporting sustainable and inclusive growth during a global pandemic.”
EcoEnterprises Fund is honored to be involved in the ANDE Gender Equality Initiative, an exciting partnership of ANDE and its member organizations with U.S. Agency for International Development and the Visa Foundation. Julia Santander and Anna Schaefer serve as regional specialists in the Gender Equality Action Labs, that convene to identify barriers to success, improve existing solutions, and ideate new solutions to achieve U.N Sustainable Development Goal 5 for women empowerment, with a specific focus on female business leadership and access to financing in Latin America.
EcoEnterprises Fund participates in Amazonia Rising: A Global Summit on Investing in the Amazon. Tammy Newmark serves as a speaker on the panel, “Building Amazon Entrepreneurship Funds and Accelerators.” She is an advisor for the Amazon Investor Coalition, a novel collaboration between investors and philanthropies with governments, non-profits and allies to increase forest-friendly economic development and the rule of law across the Amazon region, in partnership with local stakeholders. Portfolio company, Sambazon is also featured.
Anna Schaefer, Investment Officer, serves as a panelist for the Latin America Land Accelerator Demo Days - a pitch session for companies involved in the restoration of forests and farmland - hosted by the World Resources Institute.
Nathalie Prado, Managing Director is cited as a contributor to “Acceleration and Access to Finance in Central America,” a Knowledge Brief by the
Global Accelerator Learning Initiative of Aspen Institute of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University.
EcoEnterprises Fund is noted for its contribution to “Structuring for Exit: New Approaches for Private Capital in Latin America”, published by LAVCA, the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America and EMPEA, the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets.
EcoEnterprises Fund becomes a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, joining 3,100 global asset managers, owners, and service providers with a total $110 trillion assets under management to promote the incorporation of environmental, social, and governance factors into investment decision making.
EcoEnterprises Fund is selected as a 2021 Emeritus Impact Manager by ImpactAssets 50 to recognize the Fund’s demonstrative achievements to generate positive impact by ImpactAssets each year since the launch of its list 9 years ago.
EcoEnterprises Fund is featured in “The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review”, a ground-breaking report on ecosystem processes, economic activity, and the value of nature. Led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, (Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge), the Review was commissioned by the HM Treasury of the UK government and has been supported by an esteemed multi-disciplinary Advisory Panel.
"With many new ventures and higher capital flows into sustainability, EcoEnterprises Fund is well positioned to lead the move from a niche to a mainstream investment domain,” remarks Isabel Studer-Noguez, author in “Impact Investment for Biodiversity Conservation: Cases from Latin America and the Caribbean”. Inter-American Development Bank highlights EcoEnterprises Fund in this seminal publication.
EcoEnterprises Fund partnered with UNDP, Convention on Biological Diversity, FaithInvest, Fordham University, Lehigh University, Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production, European Union and the Global Environment Facility to sponsor a Massive Online Open Course on Green Entrepreneurship. With nearly 2,000 participants the course runs from 2 November 2020 to 11 December 2020. EcoEnterprises Fund’s team presents case studies and lessons-learned throughout the course.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
EcoEnterprises Fund is highlighted as innovative investment model in “Scaling Up Investment & Finance for Integrated Landscape Management – Policy Brief” presented in the Paris Climate Conference in 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.
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.