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Financing Alternative Enterprises: What they are and how to do it

Andrea Armeni July 13, 2022
Investors play a key role in financing a system-level shift away from shareholder primacy and towards distributed wealth creation and decision-making. One main and emergent strategy for doing so is the support for Alternative Enterprises, or business with non-investor ownership and/or governance, such as cooperatives, trust-owned enterprises, and businesses with community ownership and other distributive features. This discussion will detail an overview of such Alternative Enterprise models, how they contribute to a more equitable economy, the financing innovations that help capitalize them, and the intersection of such investor-driven strategies with the business and policy community. Participants will get a sense of how Alternative Enterprises can fit into their impact approach and how to support the emerging ecosystem of funds and enterprises.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Governance, Ownership, Enterprise Design, Alternative Financing Structures

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The desired outcome of this session is to increase the exposure to investors of the range of innovative governance and ownership models at the enterprise level, preparing investors to drive capital towards emerging businesses. We also seek to shift the narrative within the impact space to incorporate governance and ownership as key features of more equitable investments.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameAndrea Armeni
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationTransform Finance
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameErinch Sahan
  • TitleBusiness & Enterprise Lead
  • OrganizationDoughnut Economics Action Lab
  • StatusInvited
  • NameNatalie Reitman-White
  • TitleOwnership and Governance Design Advisor
  • OrganizationAlternative Ownership Advisors
  • StatusInvited
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