How impact investments, venture philanthropy and flexible capital change the world, says Elena Boytsun, Investment Director, Central and Eastern Europe, Omidyar Group.
Four years ago, I had a unique opportunity to become an impact investor, starting work in one of the most famous world companies in this field. The Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment company of Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, had already invested more than $ 1 billion in various projects, companies and non-profit organizations around the world.
My task was to structure the activities, business models and portfolios in Central and Eastern Europe for the fund. Having plunged deeply into this sphere, I understand more and more that the region’s financial system needs transformation of the post-Soviet countries financial system towards flexible capital, and impact investments and venture philanthropy are the most logical tools for this. Continue reading