Bjoern Struewer is founder and CEO at Roots of Impact, a manager of catalytic capital and pioneer in Impact-Linked Finance. After leaving the banking industry he started working closely with public funders, impact investors and philanthropists across the globe to scale high-performing enterprises and innovations with strong potential for impact. With his team at Roots of Impact he developed pioneering solutions such as Social Impact Incentives (SIINC) and Impact-Linked Finance as well as the Social Finance Academy. He leads the Initiative for Blended Finance at University of Zurich and is Senior Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth as well as mentor at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Impact Investment for the Next Generation Program. He is co-founder of the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE) and member of various investment committees and advisory boards.
Jed Emerson is chief impact officer at Alvarium Tiedemann. He has authored 8 books on social entrepreneurship and impact investing, including co-authoring the first book on the topic of impact investing. His research while in academic appointments at Harvard and Stanford Business schools (2000-2004) into Blended Value, and what is now called impact investing, has been viewed as seminal in the field. Jed recently joined Tiedemann as the Global Lead of Impact Investing after serving on the Firm’s Impact Advisory Council. He serves as Senior Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth as well as the Initiative for Blended Finance at the University of Zurich and as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg’s Center on Social Investment and serves as Senior Fellow with both ImpactAssets and Toniic.
Research on catalytic capital tends to focus on what motivates the providers – but what about those receiving it? Bjoern Struewer and Jed Emerson explore how entrepreneurs use grants to take strategic risks and finance growth.