GAWA Capital: facing the challenges that follow the initial success of impact investing

posted Aug 8, 2019, 1:38 AM by info rmation   [ updated Aug 8, 2019, 1:40 AM ]

Madrid – June 2019. Luca Torre, co-founder and co-CEO of GAWA Capital, participated in a summer course held by Spainsif (sustainable investment association) on the challenges faced by impact investment after the initial success.
For a course of over 50 students, representatives of entities such as IE University, Allianz GI, Eurocapital EAF, ECODES, MSCI, CDP, Gawa Capital and Forética explored the SDGs as a reference, international initiatives and challenges related to social impact measurement and asset management in Impact investment - deepening in past milestones and current contests (retail investment, traceability, accounting, green-washing, social networks ...) - concluding with recommendations to boost this type of investments in the future.
The course was complemented with numerous panels participated by relevant players, like Bankia, Tressis, UGT, Anesvad, Creas, Comunidad Autónoma of Madrid, AFI, Auara, Ocopen, ICO, BBVA and IBERDROLA.

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GAWA Capital: investing in social businesses with return

posted Aug 8, 2019, 1:13 AM by info rmation   [ updated Aug 8, 2019, 1:13 AM ]

Madrid - August 2019. GAWA Capital has been featured in an article published by Efecto Colibri, a company focusing on helping social entrepreneurs to scale their businesses, providing them with expert advice and inspirational stories. The article describes GAWA Capital's activities in impact investing, the main challenges faced by the company and the impact created.

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GAWA Capital, pioneer in the decade's challenge: positioning itself in Africa

posted Aug 7, 2019, 7:27 AM by info rmation

Madrid - July 2019. Agustín Vitórica, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital, participated in a business breakfast organised by Cinco Dias, one of Spain's leading business newspapers. Other participants in the breakfast were José Luis Curbelo and Rodrigo Madrazo, Cofides' chairman and managing director, Marta Blanco, head of international affairs at CEOE (Spain's companies confederation) Raul Arce, corporate director at Grupo Ortiz and Miguel Zurita, chairman of ASCRI (Spain's venture capital and private equity association). The 6 participants discussed the next challenges for impact investing and the need for public and private partnerships to meet the SDGs, especially in Africa.

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GAWA Capital takes part of a Social Impact Event, participated by Dr. Muhammad Yunus.

posted Jul 5, 2019, 12:02 AM by info rmation   [ updated Jul 5, 2019, 12:13 AM ]

Santander – July 2019. Agustín Vitórica, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital, participated in the panel “Financing and Investing with a Social Impact” celebrated on July 4th, 2019 in Santander. The panel was organized by Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo and the Universidad de Cantabria under the sponsorship of Santander Financial Institute (Banco Santander), Open Value Foundation and Unltd Spain as part of the program “Social Enterprises and SDG Goals”. Other participants in the event included Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Federico Buyolo, General Manager of the Agenda 2030 High Commissioner and José Moncada of La Bolsa Social.

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GAWA Capital, Pioneer in the impact investing ecosystem.

posted Jul 4, 2019, 11:57 PM by info rmation   [ updated Jul 5, 2019, 12:06 AM ]

Madrid – June 2019. GAWA Capital was mentioned in an article from Capital & Corporate called “Return with a good purpose” published in June 2019 issue on occasion of Spain having entered the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSG). GAWA Capital was highlighted as a leading firm in impact investing in Spain, having mobilized over Euro 73 million towards impact investing, its impact management system and its new fund Huruma as the first fund using blended finance in Spain in partnership with COFIDES and AECID.

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GAWA Capital participates in the social fair “Tomorrow starts today”.

posted Jul 4, 2019, 11:52 PM by info rmation

Madrid – June 2019. Agustín Vitórica, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital, participated in the panel “Building the future we want through investments” celebrated on June 13th, 2019 during the event “Tomorrow starts today” celebrated in Madrid under the sponsorship of Banco Santander, Quirón Salud and Nexplore. The other participants in the panel were María Ángeles León from Open Value Foundation, Lara Viada from Creas Impacto and Jordi García Brustenga from ENISA.

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Spain joins the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) which works to catalyze impact investment globally

posted Jun 20, 2019, 2:15 AM by info rmation   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 2:29 AM ]

Madrid – June 2019. On June 10th, 2019 Spain joined the GSG, an independent global steering group that aims to catalyze impact investment and entrepreneurship to benefit society. Established in 2015 as the successor of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce under the UK's presidency of the G8, the GSG has 22-member countries plus the EU and brings together leaders from the worlds of finance, business, and philanthropy. 

The official announcement was made at the CaixaForum in Madrid, during the "Impact Revolution" day, an event organised by Foro Impacto, the association which has led Spain's integration to the GSG and works to achieve the SDGs by fostering impact investing. 

Amongst the speakers was Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of the GSG, a pioneer in driving impact investments, and author of the book "On Impact: A guide to the Impact Revolution". The event also included the participation of Cristina Gallach, Spain's High Commissioner for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Antonio Garrigues Walker, Honorary President of the law firm Garrigues, among others. Agustín Vitórica was one of the speakers during the panel discussion about the future of impact investing, mentioning the positive role of the blending finance in impact investments.

The event represents the completion of a process that began in May 2018, when Foro Impacto was set up by the Open Value Foundation, UnLtd Spain and Eurocapital to bring together actors in the impact investing ecosystem in Spain. Its initial goal was to work towards Spain's integration to the GSG, with Foro Impacto acting as the technical secretariat of the working group for impact investment in Spain. Foro Impacto received support from the technical commissions on Supply, Demand and Intermediation, sponsored by Robeco AM, BBK and EY, respectively. The commissions also had GAWA Capital, Ship2b and Creas as the respective leaders; and Cuatrecasas, Kreab, Red2Red and Esade as strategic partners.

During the event, the constitution and composition of Spain’s National Advisory Council (NAB) was announced, a group that brings together leaders from several companies and institutions and charged with representing Spain at the GSG as well as implementing at a national level the GSG's recommendations for Impact Investment. The presidency of the NAB will be held by Juan Bernal, who will lead the work of this body for the next two years.

According to José Luis Ruiz de Munain, founder and executive director of Foro Impacto, "Spain's membership of the GSG represents a step to advance the impact economy, both nationally and globally, placing Spain at the forefront of impact investment. The adherence of Spain is an important milestone; for the first time, the leading organizations in the sector in Spain have come together to generate a consensus around impact investment after drawing on a wide range of opinions. Having achieved this historic milestone, Foro Impacto will continue to promote impact investments under the guidance of the GSG while working side by side with the NAB to achieve the SDG goals".

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GAWA Capital participates in the "Impact Investing" forum organized by Spainsif.

posted May 27, 2019, 7:31 AM by info rmation   [ updated May 27, 2019, 7:36 AM ]

Madrid – May 2019. On May 21st, 2019 Agustín Vitórica, co-CEO and co-founder of GAWA Capital, participated in the "Impact Investing" forum organized by Spainsif, the platform that promotes socially responsible investment in Spain. Attendees included GAWA Capital, Microwd, "Más Familia" Foundation, "CREAS", BNP Paribas and Bankia.

From different viewpoints, experts agreed on the importance of aligning investments with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the retail space. Participants also acknowledged that it is becoming ever more important to measure the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact of investments using standardized and specific metrics.

The first roundtable was moderated by Gloria González, Coordinator of Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible Investments at "Economistas Sin Fronteras". Panelists included Isabel Oriol, Impact Director of Microwd; Agustín Vitórica, co-CEO and co-founder of GAWA Capital; and Rafael Fuertes, General Director of the "Más Familia" Foundation.
Agustín Vitórica emphasized the SDG goals cannot be achieved without the contribution of private investors like GAWA Capital, which has raised USD 73 million to make impact investments. Agustín Vitórica highlighted that, annually, capital worth double of Spain's GDP will have to be mobilized to address the SDGs.
He also stressed the importance of rigorously tracking impact performance against the SDGs. Regarding its commitment, GAWA Capital uses IRIS+, the methodology used for measuring the contribution of investments to the achievement of these goals. Agustín Vitórica also pointed to innovative models of collaboration between public and private actors, aimed to attracting investors toward impact investing. Blended finance is one way to use catalytic capital from public sources to increase private sector investment in sustainable development and is proving to be an effective risk-sharing arrangement which supports the formation of partnerships and it is focused on results.

The second roundtable, moderated by Javier Garayoa, CEO of Spainsif, contributed the vision of Emilio Ayanz, Partner of "CREAS", Sol Hurtado de Mendoza, General Director of BNP Paribas Asset Management for Iberia, and María José Gálvez Cardona, Head of Sustainability at Bankia. This group bets on bonding impact investment products with the SDGs, building up a global sustainability strategy upon the dialogue with regulators, companies and other shareholders and the relevance of setting the path for other funds of similar characteristics.

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GAWA Capital leads a Conference on Public Policies in Impact Investing.

posted Apr 8, 2019, 12:27 PM by info rmation   [ updated May 27, 2019, 7:25 AM ]

Madrid – March 2019. On 29th March 2019 Agustin Vitórica, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital moderated a panel in the Conference of Public Policies in Impact Investing, organized by the OECD, Ayundamiento de Madrid, Fundación Ramón Areces and Foro Impacto. The panel was about Impact Investing as a new tool in Development Cooperation. The panel was composed of Rodrigo Tilve, Deputy Manager of Financial Cooperation at the Spanish Development Agency (AECID), José Carlos Villena, Deputy Manager of Development Finance and Sustainability Department at the Spanish DFI COFIDES, Juan Miguel Marquez, Director of Institutional Cooperation at the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) and Irene Basile, of the OECD Department of Cooperation.

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GAWA Capital participates in Caixabank’s “social value panel”.

posted Apr 8, 2019, 12:18 PM by info rmation   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 12:38 PM ]

Madrid – March 2019. On 28th March 2019 Agustin Vitórica, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of GAWA Capital participated in the Annual Convention of Caixabank Banca Privada. Agustín participated in the “Do it differently” panel about the bank’s Social Value Project, providing its view about impact investing.

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