I joined Toniic because it allows me to become a more efficient impact investor: reaching more deals, being surrounded by smart and experienced people sharing their perspective, being connected to relevant local resources to support the investment process and making sure there is fun in the process!
Having previously worked for Excite, The Boston Consulting Group’s e-commerce practice, and Belgacom’s small business division, François de Borchgrave completes the trio of Belgian entrepreneurs who founded Smarterwork in 1999. Meeting co-founders Bruno Monteyne and Jan van Den Berghe at Harvard, François has been instrumental in setting up Smarterwork’s US operations and in developing strategic partnerships.
François has a background in telecoms and e-commerce with experience gained at Belgacom (Belgium’s national telecoms operator), Excite and The Boston Consulting Group. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
I joined because Toniic members are truly active investors that bring a whole host of investment experience, insight and investments opportunities that are unique and very valuable.
Dave Graham is a founding partner at Greenstart, a digital cleantech focused design studio and accelerator and hs been starting, building, and investing in technology startups for more than a decade as Managing Partner at ArizonaBay Technology Ventures. Previously, Dave co-founded consumer Internet startup OpenAuto in 1999. Dave believes in lean startups, the Customer Development model, and that too much capital too soon can be fatal for new ventures – a perspective he brings as board member at CloudSponge, TrustMe, and UberGateway. Dave is a featured speaker at conferences such as Opportunity Green, Global Clean Energy Congress and Net Impact, and is an expert applicant reviewer for the Department of Energy’s Sunshot Incubator Program. He holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and Columbia Business School.
Studies and surveys point to huge sums poised to flow into impact investment. I find that it’s more useful to watch what people do rather than listen to what they say. And what they’re doing is . . . not that much. Startup for-profit social entrepreneurs have a hard time getting funded at all, while impact investors pile onto a very few enterprises that seem like safe bets. (The TONIIC group provides a refreshing counter-example…).
Toniic is a global early stage impact investor network, bringing together visionary investors from the Bay Area to Amsterdam to India and beyond.
Entrepreneurs with the vision to address global poverty can now access a “one-stop shop” to connect with a global network of early stage impact investors.
We are building a community of investors, entrepreneurs, funds, incubators, thought-leaders and conveners to solve a critical gap in the social capital marketplace—early stage funding for global social enterprise.
The Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) is a member of Toniic because it is an action-oriented community of experienced investors, many of whom share our belief that businesses with operations in emerging markets have the potential to drive economic development and improve local standards of living.
Harold Rosen is GBF’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In May 2004, Harold founded IFC’s Grassroots Business Initiative (GBI), which he managed until 2008, when it was restructured and spun off to become the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF).
Prior to his work with GBI and GBF, Harold worked at with the World Bank Group for over 30 years. He served as an investment officer in IFC’s Latin America and Africa Departments; as manager for IFC Financial Planning and Policy; as a member of the task force that started the World Bank Group operations in the former Soviet Union; as manager of IFC’s Asia Department; and as director of IFC’s Central and Southern European Department. He has both funded and managed large IFC investment portfolios and has played a major role in starting IFC’s microfinance and SME activities; this included the creation and management of the Mekong, South Asia and Southeast Europe Small Enterprise Facilities. Harold has helped IFC move into a number of new approaches, geographic markets, products and services. In March 2000, Harold created and served as director of the Small and Medium Enterprise department, a joint IFC/World Bank department. He worked with this group until creating GBI in 2004.
Harold joined the World Bank Group in 1978 through the Young Professionals Program. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania.
I joined Toniic because I am convinced of the power of networks of trust, where likeminded people come together to do things they could not accomplish alone. To improve the state of the world in ways that matter, we need to make impact the common denominator of our investment and real economy activities.
Maximilian Martin is the Founder and Managing Director of Impact Economy SA, a social finance and strategy firm in Lausanne, Geneva and Buenos Aires. Impact Economy provides research, knowledge and executive education, strategy advisory, governance and financial services to enable individuals, institutions and companies to participate fully and meaningfully in the current transition to the new paradigm of sustainable capitalism or “impact economy”.
Max also serves as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka U and Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen. He previously served as Founding Global Head and Managing Director of UBS Philanthropy Services, Head of Research at the Schwab Foundation as well as Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Max created the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe, the first philanthropic services and social finance department for a bank in Europe and the UBS Philanthropy Forum, and coined the term “impact economy”. He has participated in numerous projects and innovations in the social finance space and authored over one hundred articles on social entrepreneurship, social business and philanthropy, corporate responsibility, impact investments, and related topics.
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