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Social Investment: Venture Capital or Philanthropy?

25/01/2018 (dd/mm/yyyy) | Mallorca

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The ESADE Alumni Balearic Club is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion about social investment led by Elena Pons (GEMBA 11), investment portfolio manager at MCE Social Capital.

Social investments are a type of investment that produces a financial return and also a social – and sometimes even an environmental – benefit. Against this background, Elena Pons will present the investment fund she works for, MCE Social Capital, which invests in start-ups and well-established companies with a social focus. Examples of investments might be a micro bank providing micro-loans for small milk producers in Bolivia, a company that installs solar-powered water pumps in Mauritania, a forestry company that provides technical assistance and seeds to enable Kenyan producers to plant eucalyptus trees, or a tropical fruit processing company in Nicaragua.
The question is: can social investment be profitable? Come along and find out.


Elena Pons

Elena Pons (GEMBA 11) is an investment portfolio manager at MCE Social Capital, a social investment company. Prior to joining MCE, Elena worked as an investment analyst for Sonen Capital in San Francisco, advising wealthy families about how to include social investments in their portfolios. Before delving into the social investment sector, Elena held a variety of posts in commercial banking where she developed investment products for the real estate sector. Currently, Elena also works as an external collaborator at the ESADE business school in Barcelona, where she teaches Impact Investment and Social Enterprise. Elena holds a master’s degree in Slavic philology from the University of Munich (Ludwig Maximillian Universität), and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the universities of ESADE and Georgetown. She is originally from the island of Menorca but has lived and worked in Switzerland, Germany, Russia and the USA.



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