Founding Partners

LGT Impact

LGT Impact is a global impact investor supporting organisations with outstanding social and environmental impact. Headquartered in Zurich with local teams in Latin America, Africa, Europe, India, Southeast Asia, and China, LGT Impact is committed to improving the quality of life of less advantaged people in developing and emerging countries, specifically in the areas of education, health and sanitation, agriculture and forestry, renewable energy, and information and communications technologies.

LGT Impact supports portfolio organisations through financial capital in the form of grants, debt and equity, transfer of business and management know-how, and access to relevant networks. To date, LGT Impact has invested and donated more than $42 million into over 46 organisations that have improved the lives of over five million less advantaged people. On average, LGT Impact invests between $200,000 and $10 million in each portfolio company over the course of three to seven years. LGT’s Impact Fellowship Programme: As part of its commitment to social impact, the Impact Fellowship Programme was established to connect social organisations in need of professional expertise, and experts with the desire to apply their knowledge in a meaningful way. LGT Impact works with institutional and individual co-investors that benefit from the experience, systems, processes and networks built by implementing the philanthropic engagement of LGT Impact’s founder, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein/LGT Group. In 2014, LGT Impact received the ESG Leaders Award in the category “Best Impact Investor” from triple bottom line investing.

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Established in 1590, Berenberg is one of the leading privately owned banks in Europe today, focusing on four operating divisions: Private Banking, Investment Banking, Asset Management and Corporate Banking. Berenberg is managed by personally liable partners who have direct accountability for the success of the firm. Accountability acts as the basis of its business model across everything Berenberg does, including the way in which it works with its clients – an approach that emphasises long-term success over short-term gains. Families, businesses and organisations continue to place their trust in Berenberg’s accountability today. As a privately owned bank, Berenberg remains free to deliver impartial advice and expertise that are free from the constraints faced by many other institutions.

Berenberg is Hamburg-based, with a strong presence in London, Zurich, Frankfurt and New York, 19 offices globally and one of Europe’s largest equity research departments. Its portfolio managers are responsible for more than €40.1 billion of assets for private and institutional investors and draw on the work of their in-house economists who analyse the latest themes driving the global economy and financial markets.

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Strategic Partners

GP Bullhound

GP Bullhound provides independent strategic advice and hard-nosed deal-making to the best technology entrepreneurs and investors. The team knows what it takes to build a global category leader in the technology sector and combine this knowledge with access to buyers, investors and partners. GP Bullhound have completed over 100 deals over the last decade, many with the giants of the global technology sector – Oracle, Disney, Real Networks, Spotify, Tomorrow Focus and many more.

GB Bullhound, IVUK’s digital media partner, is able to support portfolio organisations with pro-bono digital strategy advice.

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Northampton University

The University of Northampton is the only UK institution, and one of only 22 globally, to receive Ashoka U ‘Changemaker Campus’ in recognition of their commitment to social innovation and entrepreneurship activities. It is a top 50 university in the UK as defined by the Guardian University Guide 2014. Social enterprise is core to the student community at Northampton and all students have the opportunity, as part of their degree course, to work in a social enterprise.

The University will be partnering with IVUK to add value to the fund, its portfolio organisations and the student community at Northampton.

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Wavelength is a world-class leadership company. It aims to make the world better through business, by enabling ambitious leaders to develop their connectivity, knowledge and resilience. Its flagship programme is Wavelength Connect, a leadership programme that inspires, develops and connects leaders whose professional paths would not normally cross. It is a highly participatory resource which brings together a diverse community of 120 top leaders to learn alongside and from one another from March to November each year. Since the first Wavelength Connect in 2009/10 the business has attracted an engaged network of over 400 business leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and public sector pioneers.

Liam Black, now a member of IVUK’s Investment Committee, founded Wavelength in 2007. As a partner to IVUK, Wavelength can make its programme and resources available to IVUK investees.

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Founding partners LGT Venture Philanthropy and Berenberg created IVUK to bridge the gap between promising social enterprises and strategic investment.

Prince Max


Sustainability Instead of Populism

Prince Max von Liechtenstein, CEO of LGT, sees dangerous trends in the many environmental issues, but in the increasing concentration of income and wealth too.