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Societal Impact Financing Initiative (SciFi)

The Societal Impact Financing Initiative (SciFi) at ESMT Berlin emerged from the Dialog Neues Geben, an informal exchange between wealth owners, impact investing and philanthropy experts. SciFi seeks to contribute to making progress on financing major societal transformations.

A particular focus lies on harnessing the catalytic potential of private wealth for the common good. Starting from the DACH region, SciFi aims to advance giving and impact investing in Europe and beyond. Specifically, SciFi prioritizes two major societal transformations:

  • Education: Enabling potential of all

  • Sustainability: Achieving CO2 reduction targets fairly.

Tailored financing tools and cross-sector coalitions are needed to pilot and scale innovative approaches. SciFi brings together a variety of stakeholders for this purpose: impact entrepreneurs, wealth owners, foundations, and, where needed, business and politics. In particular, it aims at promoting the strategic and pooled use of resources: what is the specific role of private wealth to advance transformations? What do optimal financing structures look like? How can endowments be managed in an impact-oriented way?

SciFi is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Schöpflin Foundation, among others.

Podcast and Roundtable

Podcast: Financing Impact

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Financing Impact is a podcast about funding and scaling societal innovation. This podcast is brought to you by SciFi, the Societal Impact Financing Initiative at ESMT Berlin. Listen here.

Roundtable Stiftungsvermögen

Roundtable on Endowment Management, in German

Hybride Veranstaltung am 9.02.2022 mit 3 Panels zu:

  1. Rendite in Zeiten des Nullzinses
  2. ESG / nachhaltiges Investieren
  3. Impact Investing

Übersicht der Panelisten und Panelistinnen und Aufzeichnung der Panels.


Olga Almqvist

Senior Manager, Societal Impact Financing Initiative (SciFi)

Lars Hartenstein

Non-Executive Chairperson